Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque urged his teammates to ignore criticism and focus on the task at hand ahead of the Test series against Pakistan, which begins on Friday at home.
The hosts begin the new Test Championship cycle with a two-match series against Pakistan, which begins in Chittagong, despite having never beaten the visitors at home or away.
The series comes on the heels of Bangladesh’s eight-match losing streak in Twenty20 internationals. Five World Cup defeats were followed by a three-nil thrashing at home by semi-finalists Pakistan.
“This is not the first time Bangladesh has gone through a period like this.” “We’ve been through tough times before,” said Test captain Mominul, who was not part of the Twenty20 squad.
“People have become mentally weakened… because they pay attention to what is said.” My job is to restore focus. Nobody can be stopped from speaking. So it’s best to keep your ears shut,” he explained on Thursday.
To make matters worse, star player Shakib Al Hasan, batsman Tamim Iqbal, and an in-form all-rounder Taskin Ahmed are all out of the first Test due to injury.
Mominul stated that leading a young Bangladesh team against a strong Pakistan team would be a “challenge.”
“We’ve always needed senior players in the Test side,” he explained.
“However, it is a never-ending process.” We must proceed. We can’t always be disappointed. “I am convinced that it is a fantastic opportunity for the younger players,” he said.
Pakistan captain Babar Azam has stated that his team will not take the hosts lightly in their own backyard.
“This appears to be a typical Bangladeshi pitch that will benefit spinners.” “As a result, we are aware of the circumstances,” he said.
Pakistan named a 12-man squad for the first Test, including uncapped batsman Abdullah Shafique.
The 12-man squad also included Faheem Ashraf, Fawad Alam, and Imam-ul-Haq.
“I can’t keep scoring runs all the time, so other batsmen will have to shoulder the burden.” This is an important WTC Test, so we must perform to the best of our abilities,” Babar explained.
Pakistan has won nine of ten Tests against Bangladesh.
The only draw came in 2015 when Tamim scored his maiden Test double century in a record 312-run opening stand with Imrul Kayes in Bangladesh’s southern city of Khulna.
The second Test will begin on December 4 in Dhaka.