New Zealand news October 19, 2010

NZC to conduct review into Bangladesh debacle

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New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, coach Mark Greatbatch and high performance director, Roger Mortimer, will meet with New Zealand Cricket's board on October 22 to review the disastrous ODI tour of Bangladesh, which ended in a 4-0 thrashing on Sunday. They are also expected to discuss their upcoming tour of India, for which the squad will be named on October 24, and their World Cup preparation, which is a shambles following an unprecedented defeat in Bangladesh, one of the host nations of the tournament in 2011.

The result plunged New Zealand to seventh in the ICC's ODI rankings, their lowest position since November 2005, but despite acknowledging the gravity of the situation NZC's general manager of cricket, Geoff Allott, said changes to management were unlikely to happen. "It's important that we remain confident in the people we have," he told the Dominion Post. "We've committed to a structure, and we'll be assessed by those decisions."

New Zealand's trip to Bangladesh was marred by poor weather and rain washed out their warm-up games, forcing the visitors to go into the ODI series with no match practice. Their batsmen struggled to adjust to the pace and turn of the pitches in Mirpur and failed to score more than 200 in three out of four innings.

"Disappointing is an understatement. When you lose 4-0 in a country you're going to be playing a World Cup match, then it's a big concern," Allott said. "From a fitness perspective, and a technical perspective, we've got the goods, it's actually the decision-making. Throughout the series there were cross-bat shots. Some senior players would be the first to put their hands up and say they didn't lead by example."

Kane Williamson scored New Zealand's only century in the series, while Ross Taylor, Brendon McCullum, who averaged only 21.50, and Grant Elliott were the only batsmen to score a half-century each. Jesse Ryder was one of the biggest disappointments, scoring 58 runs in three innings at an average of 19.33, while BJ Watling played all four games but scraped together 27 at 6.75.

After the series, Vettori had said it was "probably the lowest point in New Zealand cricket for a long, long time. To stare down 4-0 is incredibly disappointing and something that will stay with us. We have to recover from it pretty quickly, otherwise people will be pretty desolate about New Zealand cricket."

Former New Zealand fast bowler, Simon Doull, was scathing in his criticism of the team. Doull said that Vettori, who bears the burden of leading the bowling and being a reliable batsman to go with his captaincy duties, was not getting any help from the other senior members of the team.

"He [Vettori] is under pressure and I'm not sure he's coping with it all that well," Doull told LiveSPORT. "I can't see any answers. We're going into a World Cup in two and a half months and if we think we're going to be anywhere near the top eight we're dreaming at the moment. They could turn it around but it's going to take a miracle."

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  • Dummy4 on October 23, 2010, 12:02 GMT


  • Andrew on October 21, 2010, 22:53 GMT

    @Andrew Simoes, if facts are what you are after, you may be interested in this link It details the day that England slipped to the bottom of the World Test Rankings. Oh, and it was New Zealand that delivered the blow that sent them there, by winning the fourth test at the Oval and subsequently winning the series 2-1. Happy reading, sunshine

  • Z on October 21, 2010, 11:51 GMT

    What a performance by Bangladesh simply BRILLIANT! But it wasnt easy.

    However, the Kiwis have been great competitors. Last 2 matches could have gone either way. 1st match they were quite unlucky that D/L didnt go in their favour.

    But there downfall was that they didnt accustom themselves with the pitches and were taken back with the precision fielding of Bangladesh.

    Bangladesh need to replace some batsman Shahrear Nafess, Rqaibul and maybe Junaeed.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2010, 9:28 GMT

    To all Bangladesh supporters: Seriously, why do you still want Ashraful in your side? He's hopeless and past his use by date. The Bangladesh side is better off without him and his rush of blood decision making that so often costs him his wicket just as he is making a start. Bangladesh is finally moving on without him, and they are all the better for it. If he had been in the side, Bangladesh may very well have tied or lost the series. Seriously, he's that much of a waste of space now.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2010, 6:45 GMT

    BD is now ready for anything......Just till Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafee Murtaza, Md. Ashraful, Aftab Ahmed, Sayeed Rasel & Alok Kapali returns to the side.... it will be an invincible team.

    THE WC SUAD OF BD: Tamim, Nafis, Alok, Ashraful, Sakib, Mushfik, Mahmudullah, Shuvo, Mashrafee, rubel, shafiul, juned, najmul, naeem, raseel, aftab.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2010, 6:31 GMT

    @James , I quote Just over a decade ago in the late 90s the same argument could have been made for England and India, both poorly performing teams. England were in fact ranked last at one point irrc. When the English team was at it's worst , as you so kindly put it ( in the late 1990s) , we were still better than New Zealand . Check this link , sunshine , proper stats and not tall claims :;opposition=1;spanmax1=27+Mar+2000;spanmin1=10+Jan+1996;spanval1=span;template=results;type=team

    @mike5181 : Australia and England will never let cricket become a 'purely subcontinental game' . Even if NZ and WI want to go that way.

  • Dummy4 on October 21, 2010, 4:16 GMT

    @ Zeeshan Arshad: "...taken the sheen of the "Banglawash" which was the David vs Goliath series of the decade" Really? When we had: Kane Williamson, total ODIs coming in to the series: 3, Andy McKay, total ODIs pre-series: 7, BJ Watling: 3 Hamish Bennett: debut Shannan Stewart: 2 NL McCullum: 6

    Man with a side as experienced as ours, we must have been quite the GOLIATH!!!1!

    Joking aside, congrats to Bangladesh. Really good to see you guys improving so much, I reckon you'll be a handful to most sides in the WC. Onto our Black Caps though, what is going on with Kyle Mills?!? Is he turning Australian or something? He's trying to get mouthy at batsmen when they hit him for boundaries, dude when you only bowl 130km/h you aren't threatening anyone, hell even I can bowl that speed and I only play club cricket. If we win the spirit of cricket award while our bowlers act like Mills, then the other teams must really be a bunch of ***** to miss out...

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2010, 21:10 GMT

    Well, this is alarming ... come on guyz accept the fact that BD BOYZ have improved a lot in the last 5 yrs and now they can at least fight head to head in there home ground and they have been doing it for the last couple of yrs; and as this very young team (averaging only 23) gets matured and experienced i believe that they would be considered as a threat to all cricketing nations. And NZ just had a bad series and that's all. I don't know why ppl r shouting so much on them ... they were simply a bit inexperienced and got unlucky ... all the matches were very close except for the 3rd one ... have any of the senior batsmen in NZ could stand his ground the score might have been the exact opposite with BD giving a good fight but losing in the end ... The only problem in this very squad i saw was not to adapt quickly in the situation the match was in ... And if they can fix this problem and gain some hope on themselves i see a very good fight ahead with India ... GO NZ ... BDBOYZ_fan out!!!

  • michael on October 20, 2010, 10:08 GMT

    @LeftBrain- Get out of town lol you are crazy. Look NZ is bad atm, but over the last 15 years we have been constantly comepetitive especially in the ODI format with players like Fleming, Astle, Cairns, Craig M, Bond all world class on their day...and yes they cleaned the clock of PAK/IND/SRI/BANG a decent amount of times..with 4 million people we have passion overflowing, you cant question that, we are a fighting, passionate sporting nation and we respect the opposition we Vettori and co did in this series with Bangladesh who played world-class in this series..maybe you should take a lesson from Vettori.

  • GIFT FARAI on October 20, 2010, 8:40 GMT

    i think our team Zimbabwe did very well againist SA although we lost the oppening two matches. the batting dept was especially better compared to previous games we have played. the bowling dept is letting us down. ifbangaladesh can humiliate N Zealand Zimbabwe can win two or three is they play that side

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