Bangladesh to host New Zealand for five T20Is in September

The series will end nine days before IPL 2021 resumes.

Bangladesh (Source: Twitter)

Bangladesh will end their preparations before the T20 World Cup with a five-match series against New Zealand at home. They are currently hosting Australia and have won the first T20I of the five-match series. The Tigers were also set to host England but both the boards mutually decided to postpone the limited-overs series to March 2023 making players from both teams available for IPL.

New Zealand will arrive in Dhaka on August 24 and will undergo a mandatory quarantine period of possibly three days. The visitors have also got to play a warm-up game on August 29 before the series commences on September 1. It will go on until September 10 after which the IPL bound players will travel to the UAE.

Both the teams will be looking to make the most of this series in terms of finalising their combinations for the T20 World Cup. It will also be interesting to see if the home team’s key players will feature in this contest in a bid to settle the side for the T20 World Cup. Bangladesh will be playing the qualifiers and the tournament will be starting for them on October 17.

Irrespective of the oppositions, they will be expected to clear the hurdle and make it to the Super 12 round. New Zealand, on the other hand, will also be looking forward towards this series as a good preparation. They are currently enjoying a break after winning the World Test Championship and certainly are one of the favourites to make it to the knockouts of the T20 World Cup as well.

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