Tom Latham Will Look to Grow and Improve as a Leader
By Tanushka Gain
on Tue Aug 31 2021
Ahead of the five-match T20I series against Bangladesh, Tom Latham said it was an honor to lead the team. However, it won’t be easy for the southpaw to lead the inexperienced New Zealand side from the front as he hasn’t played any T20Is since 2017 and the last time he featured in a home T20 game was in 2019.
He said, ‘It is really a great honor to lead the team from T20 perspective. “Obviously I haven’t played in a long time. The way the world is at the moment, what NZC is doing for player welfare has presented an opportunity for many people, including me. We know things won’t happen.” It’s easy here looking at the Australia series. From a leadership point of view, you’re always looking to grow and improve. This format presents another opportunity. I have captaincy experience in the past. It’s a slightly smaller group, “They said. .
Even though no member of the New Zealand squad will feature in the T20 World Cup in Bangladesh, Latham said there is enough experience to be back in the set-up. New Zealand also prepared for the series by playing on the tired track in Lincoln at the High Performance Centre.
“Most people have experience at this level before. Some people haven’t been on the team before. It’s exciting for them to join the group and try to keep things as relaxed as possible. We had trained really well for the last five days. We will complete our final preparations today. And have been well taken care of in Bangladesh. There is a good atmosphere around the group. We have two camps from the preparation point of view, this one has been a long time. Everyone has to leave tomorrow. Very excited for it.”
Under familiar circumstances, Bangladesh start the series as favourites. The home team recently defeated Australia 4-1 in the bilateral T20I series. Latham, however, seemed confident to outdo Bangladesh in his own backyard. “It’s very easy to motivate myself while playing for the country. I personally haven’t got a lot of opportunities in T20s. So it’s exciting. Even for other guys. Most of the people in New Zealand Have played T20 for. But maybe not as much as they want. We have to enjoy ourselves there. And stick with a brand of cricket which we believe can be successful in these conditions. Our target is series have to win.”
Latham also pointed out that Mustafizur Rahman could be the main threat. The left-arm fast bowler has a well-disguised off-cutter. And he doesn’t notice any real change in the motion of his arm. “Mustafiz, at the top of the innings, is famous for his slow delivery. We saw how he bowled against Australia. The spinners at the top and in the middle will face challenges. We look forward to facing him tomorrow.”
Also Read: BCCI season will start from 28th September