Bangladesh A team’s SL tour a preparation platform for WTC

Mominul Haque who is made the captain

of Bangladesh 'A' team for their tour in Sri Lanka said the series there will

be a perfect platform for them to prepare for the ICC World Test Championship

(WTC) game.

Bangladesh will face India in a two-match Test series in November this

year in Indore and Kolkata respectively and the series will be their first

among six Test series' in their Test Championship fixtures, which will last

until June 14, 2021.

As the top nine of 12 Test playing nations are competing in the Test

Championship, Bangladesh's match against Afghanistan was not counted as a

Test Championship contest.

The second string Bangladesh team is comprised with several national

players who will play two-match four-day series and three-match one-day

series there.

The team left for Colombo on Wednesday and ahead of the tour Mominul said

that he is taking it as a preparation for the Test championship.

Mominul's form in the longer version format also had a been a concern for

the national selectors for quite some time considering he is expected to be a

Test specialist and the left-handed batsmen is well aware that he needs to

sort out things quickly.

As I play four-day cricket regularly and India series is also coming up

I think I can prepare myself in these series. Condition is very hot there in

Sri Lanka and if I can score big runs it will be beneficial for me, Mominul

told the reporters ahead of the series.

He however added that he is not taking any extra pressure to perform in

the Test championship.

I take every Test match seriously. I do not feel I will take Test

Championship matches anything apart from any other Test match, he said.

I always have a high expectation of myself but I will feel more pressure

if I take that match Test championship so seriously, he remarked.

I am representing my country like every other Test match, he said.

Mominul recently toured India with the Bangladesh Cricket Board XI to take

part in the Dr (Capt) K Thimmappiah Memorial Tournament where he had a decent

outing, scoring 298 runs in seven innings at an average of 42.57.

But he however could not translate his form in the one-off Test series

against Afghanistan scoring 52 and 3 respectively.

There is always expectation. As I only play four-day cricket there is

always expectation on me. If I think of expectation than there will be more

pressure on myself. I try to play my natural game, he said.

Mominul added that he had given no thought on leadership role though some

corner suggests that he is leading the race as the next Test skipper

considering Shakib al Hasan is reluctant to continue as a leader.

I have got no thoughts about that [national Test captain for the

future], said Mominul.

I will try to perform as a leader and try to be accountable to the

players and more importantly to my own self, he concluded.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)