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Mominul’s inclusion doubtful in 2nd Test

Published : 22 Jun 2022 07:07 PM

Tigers will play their second match of the two-match series against West Indies tomorrow at St. Lucia with a huge batting scare following their relentless batting devastation since their second Test match in New Zealand in January 2022.  

Tigers, bad patch started from New Zealand after suffering an innings and 117 runs defrat in the second Test at the Hagley Oval Christchurch, the win in the first at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui.

From January 9-11 at Hagley Oval, Christchurch to Sir Vivian Richard Stadium, North Sound, Antigua, 16-19 June, Tigers played seven Tests and have been struggling to retrieve from the tricky batting condition but yet to survive. 

Despite talking about the issues of bad patch of all the batters but the focus is on Mominul Hauqe, the recent past captain who is always reckoned as the most specialised batters in the team therafter his Test debut.

Mominul, soon emerged as stalwart left-hand batsman in age-group cricket, making his first-class debut in the 2008-09 season for Dhaka Division and in the same year was picked in the Bangladesh A team’s tour to the West Indies as a result of his continuous progression in domestic cricket as a middle-order batsman. In the opening match of the tour, he scored 150 and finally made the Test debut in 2009.

Mominul’s debut in the Test cricket was highly appraised, as it was believed that Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) discovered a real Test cricketer. The little man also explained his honor to the selection of the BCB when he knocked 11 fifties at a stretch after his debut match and playing a record back-to-back Test centuries in successive innings.

But the prolific Test performer has been struggling to get back his identity as a specialized batter of Test cricket when he has made nine consecutive single digit scores, disappointed form that has already prompted him to resign as Bangladesh captain to see him stepping even further back.

Following his continuous struggling in both innings in the first Test in Antigua, captain Shakib Al Hassan openly said about Momiul’s that if the selstors like, can keep him away from cricket to get himself right again.  

“If he thinks he needs a break, it can happen. It is not ideal to take a decision just after a match. We have a break for two days. On our next day of training in St Lucia, we will think about what’s best for the team,” Shakib said right after the first Test in Antigua.

Meanwhile, Mominul was himself very much concerened about the inconsistency of the batters and batting callapse very often at home away when after the defeat in the second innings at Hagley Oval in New Zealand, he said, “A lot of challenges await us as a team this year, everyone, had assumed that we wouldn't do well abroad. This series will create more awareness about us. We have Test series against South Africa, Sri Lanka, and West Indies. It will not be easy for us. We have to accept the challenges and continue well.”

The forecast of the then captain Mominul turned very true when the Tigers’ batters including himself have been demonstrating dismal show since Hagley Oval Test.

Mominul, when addressed talking in the post-match also added at Hagley Oval (January 11), “We were happy in the first match but were disappointed here. I think it was challenging us to keep up the momentum. However, unfortunately we could not. Always we need to have a good mindset while playing overseas. We have some positives to take despite losing the second Test.”

Mominul, though was very much aware about the future of the performance of Tigers’ batters, he himself could not get rid of his own bad patch and his inclusion in the first 11 of the second Test at St. Lucia in West Indies is turned very much doubtful.