Bangladesh ‘A’ team skipper Mominul Haque believes that the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka will be a perfect platform for him to prepare for the Test championship.
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, report agencies.
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.
‘’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 reporters ahead of the series adding 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 said
“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 run, 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 an expectation for 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 said.