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Mehidy keeps Tigers ahead of Afghanistan in upcoming Test

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Afghanistan in upcoming Test
Bangladesh all-rounder Mehidy Hasan Miraj talks to media during a break of practice session at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. Courtesy photo

Just over a year back Afghanistan kept his footstep in Test cricket and played two Tests so far. They thrashed Ireland in their second and last Test following their loss in debut Test to India.

Statistically, they have fifty-fifty win-loss record in their kitty.

The uprising Asian team will come at Tigers’ den to play their third Test in September for which they are honing their skills and techniques in United Arab Emirates (UAE). The spinners of the Afghanistan especially Rashid Khan meanwhile inserted his name in international cricket with impressive performance. The fight between the spinners of the two countries has taken the center stage of the Test.    

But promising all-round Mehidy Hasan Miraj keeps Bangladesh ahead of Afghanistan in the ensuing one-off Test, stating that they are experienced more than their neophyte opposition and then they will play on their home soil and well-known wicket condition.

The spinning all-rounder said that though they don’t take them lightly they want to triumph the Test dominating over them.   

“Every match is challenging whether it is small or big team because in Test cricket those who will play better cricket will be victorious. But we’re ahead much of them in terms of experience, performance in the last Test and home condition,” said Mehidy Hasan Miraj.

“Despite having ahead of them and having our vast experience than them, we have to play better cricket and we all have to perform. We have to perform from our respective position. And if we perform in a particular area, the act will then be easier for us,” Miraj told media during the break of their first day skills camp at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

When asked about dominating win over Afghanistan, Miraj said that the way they have been playing cricket for the last few years should play in that way and thrashed them in dominating way.

 “Yes, of course. We’ve ample experience of playing Test cricket. We’ll try to play maintaining our domination over them. We’re all working for this. We’ll stay ahead much of them. End of the day, if we play better cricket, they can’t do anything huge against us,” he responded.

“Then I’ll say that there is win-loss and well-bad time in sports. Despite having this, we’re working in particular area. We can play better cricket and prove that we're a better team than them and play better cricket for the last few years. We’re trying those and toil hard in that way,” he added.

Drawing a comparison between the two teams’ spinners, the all-rounder said that their spinners have more experience in international cricket than them.

“Let’s see that our spinners have huge experience especially our Shakib (Al Hasan) bhai, who already played 13-14 years in international cricket.  He is a successful player, world class bowler what we know him as an all-rounder,” he said.

“We’ve also Taijul (Islam) bhai, who is a wicket away from his hundred wickets in Test. I have also an experience of 3-4 years in Test. So, I think our experience in Test more than them,” he also said.

“There is a huge difference between Test and other formats of cricket including ODI and T20. Their bowlers check runs in one-day and T20. For this, batsmen charge them much for making runs. But there is nothing like that in Test cricket. The more the players play well the more the players will survive. And when a bowler gives a bad delivery, the batsman will hit it out. It’s a matter of watch how long a bowler can bowl with patience,” he added.

“They know well how much prepared they are or how much preparation we have taken for the series. But I think we are very much ahead of them in Test cricket. The result will surely come to us if we could give our cent percent effort.”   

“Wherever the Test match will be played all are our home grounds. We know well what will happen or not. Earlier they played one-day and T20 in our condition but they didn’t play Test. But we’re well aware of our conditions.”

“We’ll try to capitalize our condition. As it’s a one-off Test, Mirpur could be hosted a match if it would be a two-Test series. As there is a chance for us in Chattogram, maybe we could adopt yourself in that condition and play better cricket. Maybe our batsmen could make more runs. So, I think there will be much opportunity for us there.”

“As a spinner, I can say that we are habituated to playing in any condition. We are prepared to play whatever wicket is given to us. It might be not only for spin or pace but for batting also. Actually players have to play Test Cricket with challenge. We’re poised to take challenge whatever wicket is given to us.”    

“It’s in fine fettle by the grace of Allah. There is no such a big problem. It'll probably be healed to take three-four days in rest,” he told this to give his update of his right hand’s index finger injury.



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