Test specialists leave for India

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:44, Nov 08,2019


Test players of Bangladesh national team on Friday promised to play positive cricket during their forthcoming two-match series against India, scheduled to start on November 14 in Indore.

Eight Bangladeshi cricketers led by their newly-appointed Test skipper Mominul Haque left Dhaka for Nagpur on Friday morning to join the remaining players, who are engaged in three-match Twenty20 international series.

During the Test series, Bangladesh will also play their first ever day-night Test when Eden Gardens in Kolkata will host the second and final Test from November 22-26.

Opener Saif Hasan, who got his maiden call up to the national side after displaying consistent performance in domestic and age-level teams, was confident of replicating his performances upon his getting opportunity.

‘I am really confident as the preparation was good. Inshallah, if I get an opportunity, I will definitely try to do well for the country,’ Saif told reporters at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport before their departure.

‘This year I have done well in each tournament I played and I will try to continue the form. I think if we play our best cricket, we can get positive result.

‘We will try to adopt with the conditions as early as possible. If we can remain positive, definitely we will get good results,’ he added.

The two-match Test series will be a litmus test for Bangladesh batsmen who will be up against a very good bowling attack featuring the likes of Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin.

However, opener Shadman Islam said they were not taking any extra-pressure and will try to play their normal game against India – the top-ranked Test side at the moment.

‘They are a very strong team. But we are not taking any added pressure,’ said Shadman.

‘We are not thinking much on their bowlers. We have played against many big teams and we want to play our normal game there,’ he added. 

Shadman expressed his excitement of playing first day-night Test and promised to make the occasion memorable.

‘Of course, this will be our first day-night Test. It is also the first day-night Test for India. I am really excited about it. I will try to play well in the match,’ he said.

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