BCB chief Nazmul Hasan reveals Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman are reluctant to play Test cricket
Nazmul Hasan talked about the importance of playing on the different type of pitches in the domestic cricket so they are ready for International cricket.
Updated - Jul 21, 2018 5:25 pm
Bangladesh Cricket team has improved in the ODI format over the last few years. They have registered some important wins in the 50-overs format, but have failed to repeat the success in the longest format of the game. The Bangla Tigers recently suffered embarrassing defeats at the hands of the Windies in the two-match Test series. BCB chief Nazmul Hasan has taken those defeats seriously and questioned the desire of senior players to play Test cricket.
Nazmul Hasan talks about lack of interest in Tests
The BCB chief argued that most cricket boards are not showing much interest in the oldest version of the illustrious sport. He added that the broadcasters are reluctant about the format as it fails to draw crowds to the stadiums and televisions as well.
He admitted that nowadays cricketers like Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan are not showing interest in representing their country in Whites. “But now I see a number of senior cricketers like Shakib in our country don’t want to play Tests. Neither does Mustafizur,” he was quoted as saying by bdnews24.
Mustafizur has had to face a lot of injury problems in the last few years, hence he is hesitant about playing Test cricket. He thinks that the gruelling nature of the format can affect his career.
“He doesn’t say that he doesn’t want to play, but wants to avoid it. Perhaps it’s because he’s more prone to injury than others are. Many don’t want to play Test now. You know, Test is a bit difficult.” Nazmul Hasan added
Different teams for different formats
The BCB chief admitted that Bangladesh need to have different sets of players for different formats. He argued that most teams are following this model.
“We will have to form a new team for Test, and for T20 if possible. Maybe there will be three to four common players. Every country does this now. All have T20 and Test specialists,” Nazmul said.
He also talked about the importance of playing on the different type of pitches in the domestic circuit in order for the Tigers to keep themselves ready for international cricket.
“We are now discussing with our new curator whether we can bring soil from abroad. We need such pitches. There is no other way. Because we played mostly at home and in the sub-continent in the past four years. Now we must go abroad. So we need such pitches for domestic cricket,” he concluded.