New Zealand told to 'step up' after Bangladesh flop

Updated: 22 October 2010 07:21 IST

New Zealand cricket chiefs on Friday ordered the Black Caps to "step up" in an upcoming Indian tour after a humiliating one-day series loss to Banglad

Wellington:

New Zealand cricket chiefs on Friday ordered the Black Caps to "step up" in an upcoming Indian tour after a humiliating one-day series loss to Bangladesh.

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) chairman Chris Moller said his board had "robust" discussions with captain Daniel Vettori and coach Mark Greatbatch after the 4-0 whitewash, Bangladesh's first series win against a major cricketing nation.

But Moller said the board decided against immediate action because next month's Indian tour was imminent.

"The players, especially the batsmen, need to step up and perform and prove what the team is capable of," he said.

Instead, the NZC announced the formation of a committee to review the structure of the game in New Zealand.

The committee will include Moller, former internationals Stephen Boock and Rob Hart, judge John Hansen, and three as-yet unnamed former players.

"The remit of that committee will run from the grass roots of the game right through to the elite level, including the Black Caps," Moller said.

New Zealand media have described the series loss as an all-time low for the country's cricket team and expressed fears it will face similar maulings during an upcoming Indian tour and at next year's World Cup.

The Black Caps will play three Tests and five one-day internationals against the in-form Indians.

The squad will be named on Sunday.

Topics : Cricket Bangladesh
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