The bilateral T20I series between Bangladesh and New Zealand will begin on Wednesday (September 1). This will be Bangladesh's last bilateral series before the Twenty20 World Cup. While New Zealand will play one more series in Pakistan. Bangladesh will have a genuine chance to beat New Zealand in a T20 format for the first time since the conditions are in their favor. Individually, cricketers will have the opportunity to achieve some personal milestones while playing in the series. In this article, we have listed a few anticipated milestones that Bangladesh cricketers can achieve during the BAN vs. NZ 2021 T20I series.
Milestones that Can be Achieved in the BAN vs. NZ 2021 Series
1000 International Runs
All-rounder Mosaddek Hossain needs only 16 runs to get 1,000 international runs. Mossadek has 984 runs in 59 international matches.
600 International Wickets
Bangladesh's best all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan needs only 6 wickets to get 600 international wickets. Shakib has collected 594 wickets in 357 appearances for Bangladesh.
200 International Wickets
Experienced bowler Rubel Hossain only needs 7 wickets to get 200 international wickets for Bangladesh. Rubel has 193 wickets in 159 appearances for Bangladesh.
150 International Wickets
Taijul Islam needs only three wickets to achieve the 150 international wickets landmark. In 44 appearances for Bangladesh, Taijul has 147 wickets.
150 International Catches
Mahmudullah Riyad needs six more catches to attain 150 international catches for Bangladesh.
100 International Catches
Only two catches are required for Shakib Al Hasan to reach 100 international catches for Bangladesh.
50 International Catches
Liton Das just needs three more catches to achieve 50 international catches for Bangladesh.
350 International Appearances
Mahmudullah Riyad has to play three more matches to reach 350 international appearances for Bangladesh.
2,000 T20I Runs for Bangladesh
Shakib Al Hasan has 1,718 runs for Bangladesh in 84 Twenty20 International matches. He only needs 282 runs to achieve the 2,000-run milestone in the T20 format.
100 T20I International Appearances
Mahmudullah Riyad has to participate in three more games to become the first Bangladeshi player to play 100 Twenty20 International matches.
50 T20I International Appearances
Left-arm pacer Mustafizur Rahman needs two more games to earn 50 T20I appearances for Bangladesh.
BAN vs. NZ 2021: Series Fixtures and Squads
Bangladesh and New Zealand will play a five-match bilateral series under a strict bio-bubble setup. The matches will be held on September 1, 3, 5, 8, and 10. All matches will be held at the SBNCS in Mirpur because both cricket boards have agreed to reduce the threat of coronavirus infection.
Mahmudullah Riyad (captain), Mohammad Naim, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Afif Hossain, NurulHasan, MahediHasan, Shamim Hossain, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin, Shoriful Islam, Taijul Islam, Nasum Ahmed, Aminul Islam
Tom Latham (Captain &wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, RachinRavindra, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner, Will Young
All matches in the BAN vs. NZ 2021 series will be played in Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla national cricket stadium in order to maintain the covid-19 health protocols. Therefore, players will benefit as the matches will be played on similar pitches. Bangladesh cricketers will be able to reach the above-mentioned milestones if they can maintain consistency throughout the T20I series. However, the main goal for Bangladesh campaign would be to win the series against this second-string New Zealand team.