Bangladesh Test skipper Mominul Haque believes that Bangladesh players should not look back on the criticism, which has become more frequent lately due to poor form. "This is not the first time Bangladesh has gone through such a phase.
We have overcome such situations before too. People become mentally weak because they take outside talk seriously," Mominul said ahead of the opening Test on Thursday (November 25) as quoted by cricbuzz "My job is to bring back focus from thinking about what everyone is saying, and focusing on our job.
We have to back each other. You cannot shut anyone's mouth but I think you can shut off your own ears," he said. The challenge in front of them is not simple at all, but maybe it will be the "turning point" "Of course, the opener of the second cycle of the ICC Test Championship will be challenging for us," said Mominul.
"I don't want to call it a difficult challenge. 'Difficult' has a negative meaning. I don't want to see it negatively." "Tamim Bhai gives us good starts that we have often capitalized on. Shakib is two players in one.
Taskin has been bowling well recently. "We are effectively missing four players. It makes my captaincy a bit more challenging but Mushfiq bhaiand I have to take on the added responsibility," he said adding that they need to focus on what they have considering they will be missing Tamim and Shakib for the upcoming New Zealand tour as well.
Young players will have a chance to show the talent they have and to be the backbone of the team in the coming period "Everyone wants results. Not just me. I think it is a good opportunity for the youngsters.
You will get a picture of the direction our Test team is taking in this, and some of the future series. We definitely have long-term plans in Tests. We want to build slowly, and within a series or two we will know where our Test team stands."
Mominul believes in the bowlers of his team, but also in the rest of the team that can make a difference on the field. They will have to deal with criticism and try to do their best. "Mustafizur (Rahman) hasn't played a Test for a long time.
Both Taskin (Ahmed) and Shoriful (Islam) are unfortunately injured. But we have to think about those who are in the squad. "(Abu Jayed) Rahi has been our leading wicket-taker in the World Test Championship. Ebadot is also playing Tests regularly.
We also have (Mehidy Hasan) Miraz and Taijul (Islam)." "I have confidence in my bowlers. I think if we bowl well, we can take 20 wickets in this game," he said, adding that he is confident Liton Das will bounce back in the Test series leaving behind their T20I's disappointment as it will be a different format altogether."
"There's a big difference between Tests and T20Is. When we keep mentioning T20s, it becomes difficult for me. I think Liton has overcome the (mental aspect) of it. " "He has averaged 45-50 in Tests in the last 12 months.
I think he can handle it well. He had a mental break. Everyone is supporting him," he concluded.