New Zealand can not take Bangladesh lightly: Vettori

Published: Friday, September 19, 2008, 12:01 [IST]
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Christchurch: New Zealand will not take any chances against the upcoming Bangladesh tour in the wake of the 13 of that Bangla leading players walking out on contracts to join the Indian Cricket League.

New Zealand will be playing three ODIs and two tests in Bangladesh.

Kiwis captain Daniel Vettori feels that Bangladesh can be a tricky place to tour."The expectations are on us to win and that's fair enough," he said last night. "But Bangladesh can be a tricky country to tour."

He cited the test in which they led Australia for the first four days and almost pulled off one of cricket's greatest upsets two years ago.

Vettori also noted that while senior batsmen Shahriar Nafees, Aftab Ahmed and former captain Habibul Bashar have walked out to be part of the newly-formed Dhaka Warriors in the ICL next month, their bowling attack remains largely intact.

Bowlers like Shahadat Hossain and Mashrafe Mortaza gave New Zealand problems during their tour last December-January, they invariably have a left arm spinner worth watching "and in their conditions they will be difficult".


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