Bangladesh will have their task cut out when they arrive in India for the three-match T20I and two-match Test series next month. While the Tigers are expected to give India a stiff challenge in the limited-overs format, not many can see them pose much of a problem for their formidable hosts in the longest format of the game.
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India have looked nothing less than invincible at home especially in Tests. Last week, they thrashed South Africa by an innings and 137 runs to win the three-match series with a match remaining. The win also helped them create the record for most consecutive series wins at home. India now have 11 consecutive wins at home and are favourite to make it 12 when they take on Bangladesh.
And ahead of the Test series, Bangladesh cricket team’s chief selector Minhazul Abedin has admitted that the Tigers are still not ready to compete with India. He said that Bangladesh do not yet have the ability to pick up 20 Indian wickets. He also cited that the fitness of the pace bowlers is an issue for the upcoming two-Test series.
“It’s a hard task to pick up 20 wickets in foreign soil. We are assessing and trying to work out ways through our domestic cricket so that our fast bowlers and spinners can bowl a lot of overs in both innings combined in the longer format.
“If a bowler has the ability to bowl 25 overs in a day then in the next match he will be able to bowl more overs. His strength and energy will improve. In that regard, I can’t say our bowlers still have the ability to pick up 20 wickets,” Minhazul said.
Minhazul said that the pace bowling department is a worry for the Tigers ahead of the series against India.
“We have worried about our pacers for the last six months. A number of players are injured. Even some from the HP squad are injured.
“There has always been a question mark over the fitness of our pacers. We are emphasizing the aspect of fitness from the first division and think we will get some results inside one or two years. Without fitness it’s very difficult to bowl in two innings,” he concluded.
The T20I series will get underway on November 3 while the Test series will start on November 14.