It was Bangladesh’ second overseas tour and the players embarked on New Zealand in the quest of learning to play in bouncy conditions. The coach was Trevor Chappell, who believed that this tour would enable his students to cope with difficulties. However, the tour was a complete failure and Bangladesh national team didn’t manage to put fight even for a single day against Kiwis.
Overall it was a bad timing and very much unlikely for Bangladesh to travel New Zealand at the December of 2001. New Zealanders were then on full swing; Shane Bond, Chris Cairns, Stephen Fleming, Craig McMillan, Mark Richardson were passing their hay days, Vettori was showing consistent promises and the full squad was boosted up after the series win over Australia. The weather was also chilling and wet, late spring showers interfered every game of the series. It was also an unusual tour as well because Bangladesh were only scheduled to play two practice matches and two test matches without scheduling any ODI.
However, Bangladesh started their tour with a draw in a three day practice game and the young sensation of Bangladesh Cricket Mashfare Mortaza had shown outstanding bowling display at Wanganui. He accompanied the senior pacer Manjural Islam perfectly and they bowled total 35 overs with an economy rate just over 1.5. Mashrafe continued his bowling success in the test matches as well and displayed awesome pace bowling performance.
Bangladeshi bowling attack coped with the seaming condition as they could but batting lineup fell drastically and failed to put any positive impact on any match. Habibul Bashar and Al Shahriar Rokon were only able to score a fifty plus innings each. Bangladesh lost the both matches by innings difference.
Trevor Chappell was brazen to expose his players to such difficult conditions and thought his efforts will render Bangladesh to become a genuine and tough test side. However, he was completely wrong because of the short-length of the tour and also due to the incessant inhibitions by rain.
Overall, it was a tour of ultimate disappointment but Bangladeshi players understood the toughness and hardships of international cricket through that series.