The cricket governing body of Bangladesh has declared that they are all set to welcome New Zealand to play a bilateral Test match series in November-December 2023. Bangladesh vs New Zealand Test Series 2023 will be an integral part of the ICC World Test Championship that is running from 2023 to 2025.
The Ban vs NZ test series 2023 will commence with the first test at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Sylhet on 28 November. Since November 2018, there has been a lack of Test matches in Sylhet, with no games being played there and in 2023, it will host the inaugural match of this series. Then the last test match of the series will be played at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium, Mirpur on 6 December 2023.
Most probably, Bangladesh will enter the series under the captaincy of Shakib Al Hasan and the head coach Chandika Hathurusingha. On the other hand, Tim Southee will handle the responsibility of captaincy on his shoulder for New Zealand under the guidance of Gary Stead as a head coach. In terms of ICC ranking, New Zealand is in the 5th position whereas Bangladesh is holding the 9th position in test cricket as of August 2023.
In terms of head-to-head in test matches, Bangladesh and New Zealand have faced each other in 17 matches where New Zealand dominated Bangladesh by achieving victory in 13 matches while losing only a single test. Overall, Bangladesh has appeared in 138 tests where they could win only 18 matches while losing 102. On the other hand, New Zealand has contested 464 tests where they won in112 matches and faced defeat in 182. So, it would be interesting to watch how Bangladesh Tigers will perform in the upcoming Ban vs NZ test series 2023 and achieve their maiden test series victory against New Zealand.