New Zealand in Bangladesh 2013-14 October 5, 2013

Williamson frustrated after warm-up game abandoned


Kane Williamson expressed his and New Zealand's disappointment after the practice match between New Zealanders and Bangladesh Cricket Board XI was abandoned due to a very wet outfield.

"It is very frustrating," Williamson said. "The boys have come off quite a bit of cricket, they have played a bit in Sri Lanka previously. It would have been really nice to play the match but it wasn't to be."

The umpires made the decision to call of play at 9.45am local time, 15 minutes after play was scheduled to start on Saturday at the MA Aziz Stadium, after bouts of overnight and early morning rain had submerged parts of the ground. The BCB XI squad left a few hours later, while the visitors had to shift base to the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium's indoor facilities once again.

"It is not ideal. It is a shame not to get a practice match, but we have a few days to train and prepare accordingly. You get thrown these curve balls at times, but you have to deal with them. It is no excuse for us. We have to prepare well in the next few days."

Williamson, who scored for 403 at an average for 50.37 for Yorkshire in the County Championship's First Division, is one of the three members of the New Zealand ODI side that lost 4-0 to Bangladesh in 2010. He was one of their better performers, scoring his first international century during the series.

"It was nice to spend some time in the middle there. But having said that, I haven't played a Test series here and neither have a lot of the boys. So it will be a good experience.

"We have been doing a lot of talking, particularly about the opposition and conditions over here. We are trying to simulate all those things and move our game forward.

"It is a tough place to bat, and something that I have to get used to. I am touring the world, playing in all different types of conditions. Bangladesh is certainly different than what we are used to."

That difference in playing conditions will take a little more time to adjust as it is likely that they will continue to train indoors for another day. The relayed surface at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium is undergoing last-minute work, and as a result, they have been given just a short period of time to warm-up at the first Test venue.

Head curator Zahid Reza Babu has prepared two wickets for the Test, and both haven't had a ball bowled on them after the relay. The previous Test played here was in December 2011, after which the ground went for a complete overhaul of its outfield and playing square.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Chris on October 8, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    @Albert: Flat track, slow track, fast track, spinning track blah blah blah Nasir Hossain can play on all those tracks. He's very young and keeps on getting better and better. You know it just just don't want to admit it :P

  • Chris on October 8, 2013, 20:48 GMT

    @Singh: First of all Nasir Hossain is better than you something we can all agree on :) secondly Nasir Hossain hasn't played South Africa yet but if he did then I'm sure he will also score good runs against them like he has so far against all teams in his early career. Thirdly, Nasir is a stroke player. fourthly, the last time Bangladesh toured New Zealand, though they lost it was actually very close and Bangladesh have clearly improved since then :P and lastly, Cricket is a game played on all surfaces and conditions. Doesn't matter where runs or wickets are made they all count mate :P

  • Jonny on October 8, 2013, 19:41 GMT

    People talk about Kane Williamson 145* against South Africa. According to match report, the pitch was flat and Dale Steyn wasn't playing plus his remaining ODI 100s were against Zimbabwe and Bangladesh so :) fact is Nasir Hossain is younger and is averaging much better than him :P last time I've checked, Sri Lanka, Zimbabwe, West Indies, India etc were better than Bangladesh according to you guys. Fair is fair :D

  • Android on October 8, 2013, 4:38 GMT

    @Cricket_is_Unpopular How about his 145 not out vs South africa in south africa vs Morkel, tsotsobeetc. Overrated Nasir.....

  • Android on October 8, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    @Maskin_Tape Same old issue again. New Zealand are NOT AFRAID of Bangladesh. Sure you lot are good team but NZ travel through FTP of ICC which didn't make anither tour and besides I would like to say, nobody wants to tour your country. You lots are simply overrating your team. They may win, for sure but what will it prove? HOME TRACK BULLIES!!! Come to NZ, we will show you what we can do. I may be sorry fir my aggression but you lot are just talking "2010-2010-2010". If thats the case, 2002-2003-2007-2009, various world cups we have been vuctorious. Now learn to respect other teams.

  • yuvraj on October 8, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    Williamson is a good player. I still remember the 145 notout he scored against us in an ODI match. Nasir hossain played most of the games in flat tracks. Forget about green tracks. Nasir hossain is yet to play a game in a turning track. Then we can judge how good he is.

  • jared on October 8, 2013, 3:42 GMT

    Bangladesh fans ragging on williamson, not sure why, his record isn't great yet but he is improving all the time, i never expected him to just walk into test cricket and be an immediate success, he is a quick learner and a hard worker and will be a dominant batsman in the next couple of years im sure. By the way he is probably nz's best player of spin so you probably shouldn't give him anymore motivation by telling him how over rated he is, trust me your spinners wont keep him up at night, i look foward to some very long innings from williamson, making your spinners look very average indeed. We'll see how over rated he is at the end of the tour but i think you'll be eating your words

  • Dik on October 7, 2013, 22:22 GMT

    @Yashovardhan Singh, so who's fault is it that NZ hasn't toured Bangla since 2010? They haven't played since 2010. Doesn't matter how long ago it was, it was the most recent series and that's what people will recall.

  • Dik on October 7, 2013, 22:19 GMT

    So Nasir's average doesn't count because it came against Zim, WI, SL, Pak spinners? And because it came on flat pitches? First all all, WI, SL, Pak even Zim have good fast bowlers that troubled guys like Tamim, Shakib, Rahim on the same flat pitches. But Williamson's count because it came on fast pitches? Ok so what's his average against spinners?

  • Chris on October 7, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    @Dhutu: Yeah! but the point is so far in his 10 test matches and 25 ODIs, he has been very consistent and almost reaching 1000 runs each at well over 40. But its good to see that you are still using excuses just like that Sri Lanka series last time :) didn't Nasir score a test 100 and 73* in that tour against your team? :)

  • No featured comments at the moment.