When the cricket team of Bangladesh is mentioned, it is impossible not to mention Mominul Haque, who is the main star of the team and without whom Bangladesh would hardly be what it is. His team will start with Test matches soon and a lot is expected of him and the whole team.
Haque spoke with cricbuzz where he revealed some details about the team as well as news related to the Test match As already mentioned, a Test match is waiting for them soon, and Haque revealed how he is preparing for those matches.
"I'm preparing on my own. Some of the Test squad members are available while the rest (who are Test squad members) are in New Zealand. I think it an opportunity for me and the players to rectify our shortcomings in skill set during this time as we have time and we can work on our technical flaws."
Haque said, as quoted by cricbuzz "Look, without playing matches you cannot have full preparation. I think through the NCL (country's traditional first-class tournament) we can have a good preparation and we can understand where we stand."
"I think it was difficult for me ahead of the series against West Indies because I did not play enough cricket as I was injured ahead of the series. Before the Sri Lanka series I will play two four-day matches and hopefully preparation will be good this time round.
Asked if a practice match should have been played before the West Indies series, he replied: "Yeah, definitely [we should have played longer version cricket] and some of us played matches but others failed to do so because of the Coronavirus pandemic.
We played two tournaments [BCB Presidents Cup and Bangabandhu T20 in the bio bubble] before the West Indies and the series started with ODIs. " "After the ODIs there was some time before the Test series but there were talks whether we should rest or play [longer-version cricket] before the Test.
We were playing Test cricket almost after one year and that is probably one of the reasons everyone struggled in Test. Nayeem Hasan did not satisfy during the Test series and did not show what he can. There is a debate as to whether he was inured or not, but Haque believes he just wasn’t in his form I think it is difficult for me to say whether he was fit or not but I agree he was not in his usual rhythm.
He had a big role in both the Tests for the kind of spinner he is. You see Miraz [Mehidy Hasan] played his part with the new ball and he batted outstandingly." "Taijul [Islam] tried to check the runs and we were expecting Nayeem would pick the wickets as others would do well, like putting pressure by checking runs."
"But we did not get what we have expected from Nayeem and probably that is the reason we were on the back foot. Certainly we did not bat well but ultimately in three formats bowlers need to support and if that is not the case it becomes difficult.