Want to show the Groundsmen that something is possible in New Zealand: Ajaz Patel after being ignored for the Bangladeshi series

Ajaz Patel in action for New Zealand against India.© AFP

New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel said on Thursday that if the groundsmen are able to create spinning courses in the country, then it will help batters to develop their game further. Ajaz’s remarks come as he has been dropped from the Test squad for the series against Bangladesh. The spinner had last taken ten wickets in a round against India at Wankhede Stadium. “The reality is that they’re looking for more batting at home and that’s an aspect I’m working on. Hopefully there are a few opportunities to play some good shots and I want to make sure the hunger is there. Right now I have we I have some of the best real fast bowlers we’ve ever had in New Zealand It’s not respecting any other era but it’s the reality now.In the future it may be different where a specialist spinner becomes more valuable in it environment ESPNcricinfo quoted Patel for saying.

“My job as a spinner is to show the groundsmen that something is possible here. And it’s up to the groundsmen to turn around and say, ‘we want to see some spin bowling in New Zealand’. It’s about trying to drive that change. “At the same time, it is difficult to do that under home conditions. Mount Maunganui is the main reason at the moment when it comes to spin bowling in New Zealand,” he added.

Ajaz went on to say how he would like to see the pitches in New Zealand: “I would love to see a few more wickets offering something. Even in domestic cricket there is room for the groundsmen to experiment a bit and give players another challenge “Even from a batting perspective, it allows players to learn to cope.”


New Zealand coach Gary Stead had quoted their ‘horses-to-courses’ selection policy to explain the exclusion of star spinner Ajaz Patel ahead of the Bangladeshi series.

Captain Kane Williamson was ruled out of the Test series against Bangladesh when New Zealand announced the squad on Wednesday.

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