Don’t want to repeat Test mistakes in Pakistan, says Mominul

Dhaka  – Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque has said they will try to ensure that the mistakes they committed against Afghanistan and India in the previous two series are not repeated during the Pakistan tour.

The first match of the two-match Test series against Pakistan will begin on February 7 in Rawalpindi and the Tigers are all set to fly for Pakistan on Tuesday (February 4).

“I believe we’re going to show a good sort of Test performance in Pakistan. But to do that, we’ve to make sure that we don’t repeat mistakes that we did against Afghanistan and India in the last two series,” Mominul told the media at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Bangladesh will be under-prepared ahead of the Rawalpindi Test as they will get only two or three practice sessions before the match takes to the field.

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said it is not ideal to play a Test in a venue without having any idea about the condition.

But, Mominul said they are happy with the preparations that the players got in the first round of the ongoing Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL).

“Batsmen played some good innings while bowlers grabbed many wickets (in BCL). So, I think we had a good preparation ahead of the series. But the preparations in Pakistan are not under our control. We’ve to utilise the time what we get there before the match. Instead of thinking in a negative way, we’ve to make sure that we do our best job,” he told reporters.

Mominul led the national team for the first time during the tour of India in December last. But, he failed to make his maiden captaincy memorable as Bangladesh lost both of the matches in India by innings.

He suffered a pair in the 2nd Test of the series in Kolkata what added more pain to his first series as captain.

But, the southpaw is confident to do better as a captain this time around. He said: “There’re many things to improve. As a captain, I’ve to make sure that I perform well in the field first. There’re many more things on and off the field as well that I have to improve. India series was my first series as captain. I think I’m more confident now to do well.”UNB