Eight Bangladeshi Test cricketers, led by their newly-appointed skipper Mominul Haque will travel to India today to take part in the forthcoming two-match Test series against the hosts, starting on November 14 in Indore.
Shadman Islam, Imrul Kayes, Saif Hasan, Mehedi Hasan, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed and Ebadat Hossain, who will accompany Mominul in the historic tour when Bangladesh will play their maiden day-night Test in Kolkata from November 22-26.
The Test players will initially travel to Nagpur to join remaining players, who are engaged in three-match Twenty20 international series.
Before leaving for India, Bangladesh suffered some injury concerns as off-spinner Mehedi and opener Shadman were hit on their hands during the training sessions in Mirpur.
Shadman was hit on his left elbow on Thursday, a day after Mehedi was hit on his right hand.
BCB’s chief physician Debashis Chowdhury, however, confirmed that their injuries were nothing serious and they should be available for the Test series.
‘Shadman suffered a minor injury during a training session today [Thursday]. He was hit on his hand. The physios checked his condition and they found nothing serious in his hand,’ Debashis told New Age.
‘The ball hit his left elbow strongly. But there was nothing concerning about it.
‘Miraj [Mehedi Hasan] is also okay. There will be no problem for him to play the Test matches,’ he added.
Mehedi, who was part of Bangladesh Test side during their last one-off Test series against India in India two years back, claimed that taking 20 wickets would be a big challenge for the Bangladeshi bowlers.
‘It will be a big challenge for our bowlers to take 20 wickets of the opposition. It will depend on our strong mentality and our trainings before taking on India in the Tests,’ Mehedi told reporters in Mirpur on Thursday.
Bangladeshi bowlers could take only 10 wickets in two innings in Hyderabad when they last toured India and suffered a massive 208-run defeat.
Mehedi also claimed that the absence of their ace all-rounder Sakib al Hasan would be an added pressure for the remaining spinners and they needed to be mentally strong in order to perform well there.
Sakib was handed a two-year ban, with one year suspended ban by the International Cricket Council just before India series for not reporting corrupt approaches.
‘We all know that the presence of Sakib bhai in the team is an advantage for us. But he will
not play. Definitely there will be extra pressure on the spinners. Me, Taijul [Islam] bhai, Nayeem [Hasan] all of us will feel the pressure.’
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