“Mominul is a one of a kind player,” says Papon
After being dropped for the 1st time in his Test career, Mominul Haque has been recalled in the squad for the 1st Test against Australia. He replaces Mosaddek Hossain, who is still recovering from an eye infection.
“Mominul is a one of a kind player,” Papon said. “We were all hurt to see him dropped from the side.”
Papon also questioned the initial decision to drop him from the side. He feels that a gap in communication is the cause behind this ill-advised decision.
“We have decided that Mominul is coming in as Saikat has an eye infection. So we don’t want to take a risk with him. See, it wouldn’t have come to that if we didn’t have a gap in communication.”
However, Papon also said that Mominul’s inclusion in the 14-man squad doesn’t guarantee his selection in the playing XI against Australia in the 1st Test in Mirpur. But he feels the whole controversy could’ve been avoided if the management was a bit more cautious.
“I don’t know if he would be in the XI but there was an opportunity to keep him in the squad,” The BCB president added. “What would happen if they made it a 15-man squad instead of a 14-man squad? There’s no need to create controversy.”
Bangladesh Squad for the first Test: Mushfiqur Rahim (cap), Mominul Haque, Tamim Iqbal, Imrul Kayes, Liton Das, Soumya Sarkar, Shakib Al Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mustafizur Rahman, Taijul Islam, Mehedi Hasan, Taskin Ahmed, Nasir Hossain, Shafiul Islam.