The preliminary Tigers squads for the upcoming two-match Test series against Australia is currently having conditional camp in Chittagong and are to play two three-day practice matches.
Both of the practice matches will be played on the centre wicket of the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium. Bangladesh skipper takes it as an opportunity as the second match of the two-match Test series will also be played on the same wicket.
“It’s a great opportunity for us to practise on the centre wicket where we are going to play the Test match. In Dhaka we practised in the nets but in Chittagong we are batting on the centre wicket and we are going to play a practice match where most probably we are going to play the Test match against them,” Mushfiqur told the reporters on Monday.
He added, “We don’t play much in Chittagong as whenever we have a home series we practise at Mirpur. So from that point of view I think it’s very good planning, but I hope that all these things will work in our favour, at the end of the day it does not matter much if the result does not come in your favour.”
As the weather in Chittagong is different from Dhaka as well as the soil in both venues, Mushfiqur thinks Bangladesh spinners need to understand the difference. “The heat in Chittagong is different from Dhaka and the soil in both venues are also different; so our spinners should also know which length they should hit,” he said.
However, the Tigers skipper is happy with the way we have practised in Chittagong for past few days. He also hopes his men will take the upcoming practice match seriously which he believes would help them in the Test series.
“So far I am happy with the way we have practised for the last three days and I hope everyone will take the upcoming practice match seriously and from that we can also figure out a Test team,” he concluded.
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com