‘This pitch may behave differently than that of Chittagong but we will depend on our spinners mainly,’ told Mushfiq, the test skipper of Bangladesh, during the press conference after today’s practice session. ‘We have also emphasized on the strength of our middle order and hopefully it will not collapse like first innings of Chittagong test,’ Mushi described as well.
Captain Mushi is on the verge to become the third Bangladeshi to play 50 tests after Habibul Bashar and Mohammad Ashraful. The later one has played the highest number of tests (61) for Bangladesh where former skipper and present selector Habibul Bashar has played 50. Mushfiq, however, is not content with this number as he said before Chittagong test about the negligible number of test matches Bangladesh play, ‘Cook started his career after me but now playing 133th test match and I’m only on 48.’ Mushfiq believes that if Bangladesh get enough opportunities to play more test against big teams then their performance would be more consistent in test arena as well.
Mushfiq is also very much confident to do well in the upcoming Dhaka test and he believes that the first day will be vital and the side which will dominate the first day will eventually dominate the rest of the game. ‘We are practicing to play off-spin, leg-spin and pace ball and this time our batsmen will be able to cope with reverse swing,’ Mushfiq hoped during the press conference. ‘Every player of our team is unhappy about the loss of Chittagong test and we didn’t deserve to lose like that in the first session of the fifth day. My fellows are very much intended to show their urge in the field and come up with a positive result,’ Mushfiq said about the team condition.
Sabbir Rahman was sick during the first test and was suffering from gastric pain. Mushfiq have relieved everyone by saying that he’s quite okay now and even he has practiced today with full strength and dedication.
The second and final test of the series will be started from tomorrow. However, the condition at present in Dhaka is not quite favorable for cricket. A depression is prevailing over the Bay of Bengal and the country is facing overcast sky with drizzles. The weather bureau is also forecasting the chance of moderate rain tomorrow. In that case, the game plan will be changed for each team surely.
England, on the contrary, is quite confident to seal the series in their favor by 2-0 and they are also intending to give a chance to Ansari and provide Rashid and Broad a break. But, it’s not finalized yet.
At the end, it’s sure that, rain will play a crucial part on the first day of Dhaka test.