POST TIME: 8 August, 2019 10:39:00 AM
Tigers to return to business for Test after Eid

Tigers to return to business for Test after Eid

Bangladesh will back again in Test cricket with the upcoming home series against Afghanistan in September after a six-month hiatus. Before this series, their focus was one-day centric prior to the recently-concluded ICC cricket World Cup-2019 in England.

In the meantime, they returned home playing a short ODI series against Sri Lanka after the conclusion of the extravaganza. So their fitness and skill training was over 50- over format only.  They once again will return to longer version cricket though the opposition is Afghanistan, the youngest member of the Test family, the team who has experience of playing only two Test matches after being stepped into Test arc.

Despite all these things, there is a concern for the Tigers fans and supporters because they have not faced them in Test and have also not handled the bowlers like of Rashid Khan, Mujib ur Rahman and Mohammad Nabi on spin-friendly pitch at home turf.

It will not be so easier for Shakib and his troops to fight against the main Afghanistan team because they had to pour sweats to play Against Afghanistan ‘A’ team on home soil.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief selector Minhajul Abedin Nannu termed Afghanistan as newcomer in Test Cricket and said that Bangladesh as a team are experienced and matured more than the Afghanistan team.

“We are placed in a position to come here we have been crossed a long way. Our cricketers are ahead not only in experience but also their skills and ability. So, I don’t think that we have to worry much about it,” said Minhajul Abedin Nannu.

“The biggest thing is that our boys will play at our home turf. The pitch, wicket and environment are all known well. I think, there will be no problem for the boys,” Nannu told media.

When asked about players adaptation and transformation problem from one-day to Test format, Nannu said that they know how to cope with the condition as they are all professional.

“Players are all professional. Hopefully they will make their adoptable with it easily,” the chief selector said.

“Those who are all included in Test squad were not in the World Cup. At least four to five players played in longer version cricket in India for so long. So they have no problem as they are in games in such format of cricket,” he added.

“Actually our second string team did not play against them. Our main team after National team was busy in India to play longer version cricket at that time. So the team was not strength fully,” he said.

“Actually we had to form two teams for playing at hime yard and India as well. It would be stronger team if we combine both the teams and then the scenario would be different,” he also said.

“Our boys can not get down in the field with full strength. The fight will be neck to neck where we can stay back foot. I don't see any such reason of it,” he concluded.

Nannu said that they have prepared a 35-member preliminary squad for the Afghanistan series and send it for the board president’s nod. They will start training on August 18 in the aftermath of the Eid-ul-Adha.

It’s learnt from BCB sources that around 11 players from the 35 member squad will be busy in the home series of the Emerging Team against visiting Sri Lanka Emerging Team, who are scheduled to arrive here in Bangladesh on August 16.