Sports, Cricket

‘We have to win Tests now’


Published : 13 Mar 2021 08:38 PM

Bangladesh test skipper Mominul Haque is under immense scrutiny. His leadership has come under the microscope since the home Test series loss to a depleted West Indies side. From playing just the one fast bowler to using Soumya Sarkar at the top, a lot of his decisions raised eyebrows. As Mominul prepares to rally his troops once more in Sri Lanka, he shared his views about the West Indies loss as well as the challenges ahead for the Bangladesh Test team.

“I'm preparing on my own. Some of the Test squad members are available while the rest (who are Test squad members) are in New Zealand. I think it an opportunity for me and the players to rectify our shortcomings in skill set during this time as we have time and we can work on our technical flaws. Look, without playing matches you cannot have full preparation,” said Mominul.

“I think through the NCL (country's traditional first-class tournament) we can have a good preparation and we can understand where we stand. I think it was difficult for me ahead of the series against West Indies because I did not play enough cricket as I was injured ahead of the series. Before the Sri Lanka series I will play two four-day matches and hopefully preparation will be good this time round.”

Whenever Bangladesh loses a Test match or a series there is buzz in the air that 'Tigers are still learning' and it has now become quite a trend in our cricket. Mominul agreed on this point and said time has now come to start winning.

“I don't want to learn anymore. We are learning for last 20 years and if now we have to learn for another 10 years than our cricket career will be over. The whole learning process is valueless if you can't win matches. We need to learn quickly and deliver and that is most important thing to me because unless we can get our ranking higher, there is no point in all that learning and experience. We have to win matches more than learning the trade of Test cricket,” he said.