Spin holds the key for Rahim
Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim is hoping his plethora of spin bowling options can inspire the hosts to victory in their two-Test series against New Zealand.
Bangladesh have named specialist spin trio Shakib Al-Hasan, Sohag Gazi and Abdur Razzak in their 14-man squad, with Mahmudullah also able to offer a slow bowling option against the Black Caps.
Speaking ahead of the opening Test in Chittagong, which starts on Wednesday, Rahim is hoping spin-friendly conditions play into his side's favour.
He said: "I think spinners will make some difference. We want to ensure a good team combination, but we will definitely put emphasis on spinners.
"We want to play session by session, we need to play consistent cricket."
Bangladesh slipped to the bottom of the ICC Test rankings after a recent drawn series with Zimbabwe and have now lost eight of their last 11 matches, winning just one win in the past three years.
New Zealand have also struggled in recent times, losing 10 of their last 16 Tests.
Kiwi captain Brendon McCullum highlighted the importance of his team starting the series well as they look to banish the memories of a 4-0 ODI series loss to Bangladesh on their last visit.
He said: "We still know the danger that the Bangladesh team poses and we have got to make sure we start this series well and make sure that we have a successful campaign.
"Obviously, the last time it was a pretty tough tour for us. It was not as good as it should have been. We were caught on the hop by a very good Bangladesh team in their own conditions. We are trying to mitigate that through our preparation."
McCullum admits he is weighing up the temptation to hand leg-spinner Ish Sodhi his Test debut on a dry surface.
"He is an exceptional talent. He is still very raw as a player ... but I think he has got some very good skills," he said.
"If he does get a chance in this Test match, the rest of the world will obviously see what he possesses."
New Zealand are touring without star all-rounder Daniel Vettori, who underwent surgery on a troubled Achilles tendon.
Bangladesh (from): Mushfiqur Rahim (captain), Mahmudullah, Anamul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, Nasir Hossain, Abdur Razzak, Naeem Islam, Sohag Gazi, Rubel Hossain, Mominul Haque, Marshall Ayub, Robiul Islam, Al-Amin Hossain.
New Zealand (from): Brendon McCullum (captain), Peter Fulton, Hamish Rutherford, Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Dean Brownlie, BJ Watling, Tom Latham, Corey Anderson, Doug Bracewell, Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Mark Gillespie, Ish Sodhi, Bruce Martin.