Mominul Haque believes that the key factor in the match between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka will be the pacers. They will have the main word and a lot will depend on them, in Haque's opinion "I'd say the pacers are going to have a big impact in the upcoming series,'' Mominul told reporters in a virtual press conference ahead of the series opener on Tuesday, as quoted by cricbuzz "I'm depending mostly on the experienced campaigners, like Rahi (Abu Jayed), Ebadot (Hossain), and Taskin (Ahmed) as they are the pacers to depend on but there are couple of new guys as well."
"For me, those who have been playing regularly [will hold the key]." "We are going to have a pace-dependent bowling attack, but I don't think it will compromise our bowling strength. It will in fact encourage the pacers to be more competitive,'' he said.
Given the situation, Mominul believes that the preparations went quite well "I wouldn't say that we have the best possible preparation, but according to the condition, we couldn't have had it any better."
"We have had practice sessions, practice matches and we need to be at our 100% physically as well mentally if we are to represent our country,'' said Mominul. "Rather than thinking about what had happened we are considering being positive."
He is aware that conditions in Sri Lanka will certainly be better than in New Zealand "Conditions in New Zealand are far different than the Sri Lankan conditions. We can adjust to Sri Lankan better as they are similar to what we have [in Bangladesh].
" "About the fielding, we have left the New Zealand series far behind us, and it's not like we are making those mistakes in every match." "The players are trying their heart and soul to do better, and I'm positive that we will make a comeback,'' said the left-handed batsman.
Momonul is aware of the strength of his team and says he does not feel pressure "I'm under no pressure whatsoever, and the same goes for my team. We have come here to win matches, so we are going to give our all to do that.
" "Obviously, Sri Lanka is a very good team and we couldn't do well in our last two Test matches; but still, we aren't considering looking into the rearview mirror." "If we can keep our process at the right place and play good cricket for five days, then InshaAllah we will win.
"As the skipper, I want all the batsmen to bat with responsibilities, and all the fielders to give their hundred percent in the field." "I'm not concerned about my batting position, as people will talk about whether you do good or bad."
"I need to be able to take that criticism, as I have always given my hundred percent when I've played for my country, whether it's at home or abroad." "We should definitely hope for the best, as we didn't come here just to participate."
"We need to be able to think about winning, no matter what the condition, situation, or opposition is; and we'd grace the field with this determination,'' he said.