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12:00 AM, February 13, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 01:43 AM, February 13, 2019


I don't know about the whole [series] but certainly for the start of the ODIs, he [Shakib Al Hasan] won't be available. Big blow for us because there aren't many Shakibs in the world. Playing spin and against spin is one of our main strengths. I don't anticipate too much turn on these wickets. It will bounce and carry and wrist-spinners will get a bit of grip out of it. They know we have lost our best player, so maybe they will make some spinning wickets for us.

Steve Rhodes

Bangladesh coach


It's going to be a tough series as Bangladesh are a quality side as they have showed us a couple of years ago when they beat us in the Champions Trophy. We are hoping and pretty confident that we can make a good start and put our front foot forward. Obviously, Shakib is a world-class player and he plays a lot of cricket, but injuries happen in cricket and it's an unfortunate time for him. But he gets a break for now and potentially, he will be back later in the series.

Martin Guptill

New Zealand opener


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