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POST TIME: 23 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 22 August, 2019 11:48:29 PM
Afghanistan Test a useful platform for away Indian series: Mominul
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka

Afghanistan Test a useful platform 
for away Indian series: Mominul

Bangladesh top order batsman Mominul Haque talks to media after a training session at National Cricket Academy ground in Mirpur in the capital yesterday. BCB Photo

Nearly after a five-month international break, Bangladesh national cricket team left handed batsman Mominul Haque gearing up for one-off Afghanistan Test keeping in mind that the only Test can be an ideal platform for him to perform well against India in the World ICC Test Championship, slated to begin from November 14, 2019.

“It's a good opportunity for us to play a Test match before ICC Test Championship and I think it will be a good contest. Afghanistan Test won't be that much difficult for me because I'm used to play after having a long break. Besides that you all know I've played 3-4 four-day matches in India (Mini Ranji Trophy). So it's up to me whether I'm considering it easy or tough one, but I think there won’t be any problem,’’ Mominul told reporters in front of the national cricket academy of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium yesterday.

‘‘India is a very strong opponent at their own home and playing against them in their condition will be challenging for us.

According to Mominul Haque, the Afghanistan is also bolstered with one of the best spin attack in the world that included the likes of the Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman and others. Those three spinners have already showed their mettle in IPL and all around the World, especially in limited over cricket.

“So I think, Afghanistan Test will be a good preparation for us before we fly for India to start our Test Championship journey,’’ he said ahead of one-off Test match against the Afghans.

Since ICC launched World Test Championship that includes top nine ranked teams Mominul thinks, Test Championship might play a significant role in Bangladesh cricket.

Bangladesh played last Test match against New Zealand in March this year. Regarding this Mominul said, ‘‘Test cricket basically not given too much focused in Bangladesh. So, personally I’m happy because I think inclusion of Test Championships can be fruitful for Bangladesh cricket. Though I didn’t accept it yet as a Test player,’’ he added.

“There is no scope to sit out as a Test player. Basically I do extra practice for which areas I need to work on and continue it to improve myself. So, I think if I can weigh up my average in Test cricket or play well in the BPL or upgrade my position with good results, then I’ll given more opportunity to play for the national side, Mominul explained.

Mominul however is elated at the introduction of Test champions, which he thought would give Bangladesh an opportunity to play matches regularly and upgrade their rankings in this format.

“The Test championship is good for our cricket. I am happy personally and excited with this tournament. For various factors, we didn’t get enough Test matches in the past but this tournament gives us the opportunity to play matches regularly. This is absolutely good for our cricket,” he added.

“If you play enough Test matches, you will get the chance to improve your game and by doing so, we can also improve our rankings and showed our Test credential. Hopefully we’ll have a good start in Test championship.”

Talking about the newly appointed South African coach Mominul said, “I haven't had any discussion with our head coach about technical issues. We just introduced with each other. Actually, it's not about good or bad coaches. If you keep your basics right (batting, bowling and fielding), every coach will pick you. So I don’t bother about coach's expectation,” he said of Russell Domingo.