Chattingong: Bangladesh are looking to earn their first points in the inaugural World Test Championship against the West Indies in a two-Test series starting on Wednesday, captain Mominul Haq said on Tuesday.
The Tigers will take on the West Indies in their first Test in almost a year in the port city of Chittagong.
This will be Bangladesh’s first home Test at the World Test Championship, a match where they have yet to score any points.
“Because we are returning [to Test cricket]Momin told reporters at a virtual press conference.
Every team has a favorite at home. This does not mean that we consider the West Indies a weak team. We are focusing on ourselves and we will do our best.
Meanwhile, Mominol believes that the return of 21-all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan led to the West Indies defeat in the opener of the series.
Shakib will play his first Test after September 2019, after a two-year ban was imposed by the ICC in October 2019 for failing to approach a bookmaker.
He has been in Test form with good form since being named Man of the Match in the ODI series against the West Indies last month.
Mominol called it “a player.”
“Such a player is a gem for any team. He said he can serve in both batting and bowling but more importantly, his return would help us in a balanced team,” said Mominol. Is.
Shakib, who averaged 39.40 with the bat and 31.12 off the balls in the Tests, suffered a heart attack in the third and final ODI on January 25, but coach Russell Domingo was confident he would play.
“It’s very difficult to change Shakib in any form. We are very confident that he will be ready for the first Test. He has worked really hard on his recovery. He has thrown some balls, some balls,” said Domingo. Kill. Don’t feel too much pain. ”
After Shakib’s return, Mominol is expected to win a match at the World Test Championship in Bangladesh, after which he lost three innings to India and Pakistan. Shakib missed those matches, in addition to Bangladesh’s last Test victory in February against Zimbabwe.
In their last Test series at home against the West Indies in 2018, Bangladesh won 2-0.
Visitors are missing several key players, including regular captain Jason Holder, who chose not to travel for fear of the corona virus.
Unlike Bangladesh, the West Indies have played two Test series against England and New Zealand in the last eight months.
But West Indies coach Phil Simmons said late Monday that there would be no international benefit for his team.
“I don’t think Bangladesh always cares who they are playing at home, even though they haven’t played cricket in over a year. That’s a very strong aspect when they play at home.
“You may lack international cricket, but you will get proper training. It gets rusty, which is just a mental thing. It will go away after the first few hours of the first day.
The second test will be held in Dhaka from February 11-15.
Bangladesh: Mominul Haq (Captain), Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hassan, Najam Al Hassan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Muhammad Mithan, Lytton Das, Yasir Ali, Saif Hassan, Mustafa Rehman, Mehdi Hassan, Tajul Islam, Shadman Islam, Naeem Hassan, Taskin Ahmed, Abu Jaid , Ibadat Hussain, Hassan Mahmood
West Indies: Craig Braithwaite (captain), Jermaine Blackwood, Nkrumah Bonner, John Campbell, Raheem Cornwall, Joshua da Silva, Shannon Gabriel, Kim Hodge, Alzari Joseph, Kyle Myers, Shine Moselli, Versace Permol, Kemar Roach.۔