Disappointing for a young captain like me: Mominul on seniors' unavailability
Hosts will require a lot from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque, the captain.
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Bangladesh, without the likes of injured Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, face uphill task in the first Test against Pakistan as they begin their World Test Championship campaign.
Tamim was already out of the side as he is nursing a thumb injury. Bangladesh waited for Shakib's fitness update but no positive news came before the Chattogram Test.
With Mahmudullah Riyad officially retired from Test cricket, the hosts will require a lot from Mushfiqur Rahim and Mominul Haque, the captain.
Mominul rued missing big players with Taskin Ahmed's hand injury being the latest to add to woes. "It is a challenge for captains when senior players are unavailable. You need seniors in Test matches, although it could be different for limited-overs. It is disappointing for someone like me who is a young captain. The juniors need to step up to prove themselves.
"Shakib bhai, Tamim bhai and Taskin are regular players. So, it will be a difficult task for me," Mominul said.
Bangladesh have been under the fire since the T20 World Cup failure where they lost to Scotland in Round 1, risking chances of making it to the next round, and lost all five Super 12 matches. They suffered a 3-0 whitewash from Pakistan at home last week.
Bangladesh would hope T20I form would not play a big part in Test matches.
"We have been in difficult phases in the past," Mominul said on recent criticism. "It usually takes toll psychologically when there’s so much coming in from outside. You can't shut their mouths, but you can close your ears.
"Most of the members of our squad are Test-only players. T20 World Cup failure should not bother here."