Rahim: Spinners will make a difference

Bangladesh

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim has acknowledged the importance of spin, ahead of Bangladesh's first Test against New Zealand, which will get underway in Chittagong on Wednesday.

Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim has acknowledged the importance of spin, ahead of Bangladesh's first Test against New Zealand, which will get underway in Chittagong on Wednesday.

Slow bowlers Sohag Gazi and Abdur Razzak and all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan and Mohammad Mahmudullah have been named in a 14-man squad, and are likely to benefit from conditions primed for turn and bounce.

"I think spinners will make some difference. We want to ensure a good team combination, but we will definitely put emphasis on spinners. We want to play session by session, we need to play consistent cricket," said Rahim.

The hosts are currently at the bottom of the International Cricket Council's Test rankings, below 12th-placed Zimbabwe. The tourists, meanwhile, are in eighth position.

"Our challenge is to do better first than beating New Zealand. We want to play session by session, we need to play consistent cricket," added Rahim.

The Black Caps will be without the veteran Daniel Vettori and batsman Martin Guptill, who were not considered due to injury. The Indian-born Ish Sodhi and all-rounder Corey Anderson are likely to debut.

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