Khaled Mahmud expects a better game from both teams and hopes that this time the field will be better, which will ensure the victory of one of the two teams. The same opinion is shared by Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur, who hopes that next time things will look better for his team "It's very flat.
Maybe it was a little bit naive of me in terms of strategy - this is my first Test in Pallekele - in understanding the surface." - Arthur said, as quoted by cricbuzz "We wanted to beat Bangladesh with a bit of pace and bounce, but it's just been extremely flat.
We're going to have to reassess that. We're going to have to look at how we go for that second Test,'',
Mahmud has a similar opinion "This definitely wasn't a result-oriented wicket, as there were only 20 wickets taken in the whole first Test match, so I'm expecting something better, a competitive wicket, at least, for the next Test match.
"We'd go see the wicket tomorrow, as it could be a seam-friendly track, it could be a spinning track, but it definitely shouldn't be a flat wicket like this one (the wicket of the first Test) and even the Sri Lankans didn't appreciate this wicket.
"I'm very sorry for the bowlers in both the teams, as there was literally nothing in the wicket to bowl at. Although we are experienced in the spin department, their pace attack was far more experienced than ours and still, they couldn't pick wickets."
Mahmoud hopes that his team will continue to play well and have the consistency they lacked. By all accounts, Bangladesh is getting back in shape and we could finally watch a team that has a huge motivation to win and that is able to beat anyone.
They seem to be on the right track now "I don't think I should do an evaluation after just one match, but I want the boys to be consistent, I want them to play consistently good from here on, but I believe in them, as we have another match in this series, and then we'll go to Zimbabwe, so I want this to become a proper Test team.
"If we continuously play better cricket for a long time, keep drawing matches on a regular basis, batsmen can bat with responsibility, then we'd start to learn about winning Test matches regularly in the coming days,'' he concluded.