Bangladesh will have a tough task ahead in the absence of Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal in the upcoming two-match Test series against India. Stand-in skipper Mominul Haque is confident of putting up a great show despite accepting that the absence of Shakib is like missing two players.
Incidentally, ICC has banned the Bangladesh captain for two years, with one year suspended, for failing to report multiple approaches made to him by bookies. Shakib accepted the sanction with the ICC instead of an Anti-Corruption Tribunal hearing. After satisfying with all the conditions pertaining to the suspension part, Shakib Al Hasan will be free to resume cricket from October 29, 2020.
On the other hand, Bangladesh is missing Tamim Iqbal as he and his wife are expecting a baby child. Mominul Haque accepted the absence as a weak link and held Shakib’s absence of greater significance. But the batsman is keen to take this as a challenge and motivate his players to put up a great show against India.
“We are missing three players in two players. Shakib bhai (brother) is two players in one, and then you have Tamim bhai,” Mominul told reporters. “It is challenging, but I also see it as a chance to do well for the rest of the players,” he added.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh will play their first series in the ongoing ICC World Test Championship. But they will face a stiff challenge from the table-toppers, who have already secured 240 points from the first five matches. Mominual Haque believes the players are motivated to make a good start in the Test Championship.
“Playing a full series against India is a great opportunity for everyone in the team,” said Mominul. “Everyone wants to start well here, and on top of it we are playing the Test championship. Makes it a bigger opportunity for the players,” he concluded.