Rafique to help the spinners if they want
Bangladesh team will face the Aussies for the first time in Test cricket in last 11 years. Last the teams faced each other back in 2006 when Australia toured Bangladesh for a two-match Test series. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘দুই দলই একেবারেই নতুন’]
One of the two matches was played in Khan Shahed Osman Ali Stadium, Fatullah. It was expected that the mighty Kangaroos would thrash the Habibul Bashar led Bangladesh side very easily. But the world had seen some exceptional performances from the inexperienced Bangladesh side.
Left-handed opener, Shahriar Nafees scored a brilliant century in the first innings of the match to give his a solid start and apart from him, Habibul Bashar along with Rajin Saleh scored half-centuries.
However, the task was tougher for the Bangladeshi bowlers as the opponent batting lineup was really very strong for them as Australia had the likes of Hayden, Hussey, Gilchrist, Clarke and Ricky Ponting in the side. But Mohammad Rafique literally troubled those stars with his majestic left-arm spin as he took 9 wickets in that match. Although Bangladesh lost the match at the end, they were successful to make the Aussie players toiling.
Ahead of the upcoming series against Australia former spinner Rafique has said that he is always available the current spinners of the team need any suggestion from him. “I hope that everyone will be successful. If Shakib, Miraz come to me for any kind of help or team management want anything from me, I am always there,” he said.
Speaking about that memorable match he said, “I took 9 wickets in the first match in Fatullah as there was turn in the pitch. They had trouble to face the spinners and so we should make the pitches similar to that. It has been raining continuously for the past few days and so spinner will easily get turn from the pitch as the pitches are bit soft now.”
He concluded, “Test cricket is a 5-day game and we should have the mentality to play 5 days perfectly. We should play in a way that we can at-least draw. Thinking of winning so early is not right at this moment.”
– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com