Bangladesh v New Zealand, 1st ODI, Mirpur October 28, 2013

Bowlers will be rotated - McCullum

Brendon McCullum will lead a predominantly young side in Bangladesh and while he was wary of how difficult conditions in the subcontinent can be, he believed the challenge would help them grow as international cricketers.

New Zealand are hoping to minimise the impact of alien conditions and a rigorous schedule by rotating their players during the upcoming ODI series against Bangladesh. The teams play the first match on October 29, and the second comes up after only one day's rest, followed by travel to Fatullah for the third and final match on November 3.

"Most of the bowlers will be given opportunities in this series at some point. We have got a lot of stock in this series which is good," he said. "We have got experienced campaigners like Kyle Mills and Tim Southee. We have got some relative youngsters such as Adam Milne, Corey Anderson and James Neesham [in the side]. They are going to get some exposure in the next couple of games as well. That's exciting for us and hopefully the conditions aren't too brutal on them and they are able to perform."

Seamer Mitchell McClenaghan has been a sensation this year for New Zealand, with 38 wickets at 18.02 in limited-overs cricket. But he is still not likely to feature in all three games, considering his lack of experience in the subcontinent and unhelpful pitches.

"I don't imagine he will play every game just with the nature of how quick the two games are together at the start," McCullum said. "This is his first trip to the subcontinent but he is an incredibly exciting talent for us. Since he has come in to international cricket, we have been able to change the way we attack with the ball."

As for their batting, McCullum is happy to see Hamish Rutherford open the innings with newcomer Anton Devcich, who is expected to make his ODI debut on Tuesday. New Zealand will draw most of their experience from the likes of McCullum himself, Ross Taylor and Grant Elliott who man the middle order.

"Hamish Rutherford and Anton Devcich should open the batting for us," McCullum. "They are both strong stroke-makers and like to play their shots. They should be able to play their shots given the balance of our middle order, with Williamson, Taylor and Elliot coming in behind so hopefully they are allowed to play with that freedom."

New Zealand's one-day form in the last 12 months is also encouraging for McCullum. They have won against South Africa and England away from home this year - a sure sign of progress as a team. "I think the one-day team is pretty set in how we play. We have had more success off late and probably feel a lot more confident in the one-day format at this point of time."

The bottomline though is to return home with a series win, after the painful memories of 2010 and McCullum is acutely aware of that. His steely glare when asked whether he considered this series as opportunity for payback said it all.

"This is not revenge. But we haven't forgotten." McCullum couldn't be closer to the truth.

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

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