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Relieved to have Shakib back, says Mominul

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 22nd December, 2020 09:27:00 PM
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Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque is relieved to have the services of Shakib Al Hasan available in the upcoming Test series against West Indies as his presence will bolster their strength by bringing in some much balance in the playing eleven.

West Indies are due to arrive on January 10 to play three ODIs followed by a two-match Test series.

Mominul said that he is very happy that Shakib returned to the Test set-up following his ban as he feels it is always nice to have such an experienced campaigner beside him

“As a young captain, it is a relief to know that Shakib bhai will be there,” Mominul told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Tuesday.

“His presence will certainly bolster our strength as we can have the right kind of balance,” he said adding that his teammates will not take West Indies lightly in the upcoming home series considering the fact that tourists will be eager to prove a point as they will arrive on the back of two series losses to England and New Zealand respectively.

“West Indies have lost successive Test series but if you want to beat them you have try your level best because they will come here to prove a point,” Mominul told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Tuesday.

“The only thing is that they are bit disappointed but it might be the case that they might take extra pressure (to do well here) so we cannot give an inch while playing against them. They are playing cricket continuously in the bio-bubble environment,” he said adding that he feels that their counterpart is better prepared than them as they have the experience of international cricket in bio-bubble environment.

“Look we don’t have the experience of playing international cricket in the bio-bubble environment so in that sense they are better prepared but at the same time staying in the bio-bubble for long time can be extremely daunting,” he said. 

Mominul added that he is not ready to put pressure on his teammates despite the fact that the series is part of ICC Test Championship as he believes putting pressure won’t help them.

Bangladesh are bottom placed in ICC Test Championship and would be eyeing to add some points in their tally when they take on the Caribbean.

“When you are going to play Test cricket, you can't play thinking about whether that game is a ICC Test Championship match or not,” said Mominul.

“This is the first game (international) in Bangladesh after coronavirus pandemic started and whoever gets the opportunity will try to give their 100 percent. If we think like that then we will be able to get a good outcome from this series,” he said.

“But if we think too much about the ICC Test Championship, then the pressure will get to us,” he said.

“Instead of thinking about it (Test Championship) you just have to think about the opportunity to play well,” he said.

Mominul, who is undergoing physiotherapy as part of his rehabilitation program for his surgery, said that he is confident that he would be able to recover before the Test series.

Mominul fractured his right thumb while fielding for Gazi Group Chattogram in the just concluded Bangabandhu T20 Cup while playing against Gemcon Khulna on November 28.

Later, he was sent to UAE at the Burjeel Speciality Hospital in Dubai and went under the knife on December 9 and currently going through rehabilitation program.

“I am doing rehabilitation now and I am hopeful that I will be available before the practice game ahead of the West Indies series,” he said adding that they need to start from where they left-off ahead of the tour of Sri Lanka which was eventually called off.