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‘Everything will be fine’

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  • 26 March, 2020 12:00 AM
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‘Everything will be fine’

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Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque said that he is hoping that everything will be fine in the upcoming days as he believes this present crisis- coronavirus pandemic- will be over somewhere soon.

Mominul said that he has never imagined observing the world in such a crisis that is being caused by the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Mominul is passing anxious times at his home in Dhaka and keep himself and family locked behind doors with all cricket activities suspended due to the growing concern of coronavirus in the country.

“I have never thought of such a situation in my life. It is honestly very boring but you know it is important for us to remain safe at home and follow the instructions from the government and health ministry. To keep myself busy I do a bit of shadow and work on my fitness as much as possible but all at home,” said Mominul.

Mominul since given charge in 2019 has led Bangladesh in four Tests and has won only one – against Zimbabwe at home recently. Leading a team in the longest format of the game is a challenge by itself and the job gets many times harder if it is in Bangladesh – given the off-field tensions that one captain has to deal with.

Mominul informed despite the challenge he is enjoying the role and emphasised on having the right chain of command.

“Not everyone is able to take the challenges and honestly, I am enjoying this. It’s important to have the right chain of command in the leadership as I think everything depends on the captain in cricket,” he said.

“It has to come from inside that this is my team and I need to do everything to make things right. I am sure things will change and the players need to have that belief in them,” the left-handed batsman added.

Before setting any target as a captain, Mominul first wants to work on the team building a culture and mindset for the longest format of the game. Bangladesh in the past few years have taken big leaps of development in cricket but that has come more in limited-overs. Bangladesh still suffers in Test conceding innings defeat the most recent coming against Pakistan in Lahore earlier this year.

“I haven’t thought about it as we are now focusing on our attitude towards Test cricket. We are trying to develop a good culture where previously we used to do well in one session but later went on to throw it away like the lower rank sides. Suppose normally we play well in the first innings but can’t replicate that in the second innings with the bat so my aim is to bring the consistency in the team,” Mominul explained.