The three-day practice match between Bangladesh Red and Bangladesh Green ended in a draw as the final day’s play was called off without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain in Chittagong on Friday.
With this, Bangladesh national team completed their 10-day conditioning camp for the forthcoming two-match Test series against Australia at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port-city.
Earlier, batsmen Mominul Haque and Nasir Hossain struck fifties as Bangladesh Green Team scored 283 runs in their first innings, replying to Mushfiqur Rahim-led Red Team’s first innings total of 140 runs.
Pacer Shafiul Islam inflicted most of the damage on Mushfiq’s side, picking up 5-17 in their first innings.
The Red team scored 24-1 in their second innings before the end of second day’s play and was trailing by 119 runs to Green team’s first innings total.
Batsman Sabbir Rahman said that they (the players) were quite satisfied with the conditioning camp and felt that it could have been nicer if they could get some big innings under their belt in the practice match.
‘I would say we have achieved 70 to 80 per cent of our goal. We wanted our bowlers to bowl and batsmen to bat in this condition. We practised for three days and played two days in the practice match, so overall I think we are satisfied with camp,’ the 25-year old batsman told reporters after the match was abandoned.
‘I think a batsman never gets satisfied with whatever runs he scores and he always wants more. But overall everyone is quite satisfied with their performances in the camp,’ he added.
The hard-hitter batsman revealed that he was working on some techniques as part of his individual preparation for the forthcoming Test series against Australia, scheduled to start from August 27.
‘I have been preparing myself for the Test matches. I have worked with my technique though I still have not applied it in the field. I’m trying to implement patience in my game plan.
‘I’m trying to learn how to adjust to the ball both in front and back. Apart from this, I’m also trying to learn which ball I should leave and how calmly I should bat in the field,’ Sabbir added.
Sabbir played six Test matches for the Tigers but yet to cement his place in the squad with only three fifties in 12 innings.
Though he made a meaningful contribution in the win in Bangladesh’s last Test match against Sri Lanka, scoring 42 and 41, he was left with facing a huge competition for a slot in the starting line-up for the Australia Tests.
With Mahmudullah and Mominul Haque pushing for a comeback, Sabbir said he was ready to bat at any slot in the Test side.
‘I’m not thinking about my batting position. I can play in any position where the team wants me to bat. I have no personal choice and it can be three/four/five/six or any position. I will play in that position where the situation demands most,’ he said.
‘Team management was yet to say anything about my batting position. But hopefully, I’ll play at number five or six,’ he said.
The Tigers are expected to return to Dhaka today.
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