Onus On Batting Unit To Help Team Achieve Results In Sri Lanka - Mominul > Cricket News, cricinfo, mobilecric, cricbuzz, livescore and more

Cricket news - Onus on batting unit to help team achieve results in Sri Lanka - Mominul

Mominul stressed he's open to playing more pacers if the conditions permit.

Mominul stressed he's open to playing more pacers if the conditions permit.

Mominul Haque has stressed that he's ready to back the pacers on their tour of Sri Lanka and is also trying to build a strong pace unit for the future. Bangladesh included three uncapped pacers in their 21-member preliminary squad for the two-Test series.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board decided to send additional bowlers as Sri Lanka will not be providing net bowlers for the practice sessions. Bangladesh are often criticised for not backing their fast bowlers, which was on show when they picked just one fast bowler in each of the two Tests against West Indies. "If you look at the last 4-5 series, I feel that you will agree with me that pace bowlers did a good job along with the spinners and I am happy," the Bangladesh Test captain said. "Look if the wicket permits I can play two, three or four pace bowlers. We are not making any short term plan. I feel if we want to do well in the future, we need to have 6-7 fast bowlers in our line-up."

Mominul also acknowledged the onus will be on the batting unit to ensure the team is able to produce positive results. "There will be sporting wickets in Sri Lanka and if you see our batting unit has failed in the last couple of series. So they must come and perform if we want to have success in Sri Lanka," Mominul pointed out.

"We need to have a result because we have failed in the last 5-6 Test matches. Unless you are winning you cannot experiment and you have to understand when to experiment. There is no point experimenting in Sri Lanka."

Bangladesh had their only net session ahead of the Test series at home on Sunday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium where newly appointed team director Khaled Mahmud was seen spending time talking with head coach Russell Domingo and others. Mahmud is also responsible for creating a good dressing room environment especially with several rumours floating around.

Mominul accepted that the preparation has been far from ideal and the players should have played at least two first-class games before the tour. BCB made it mandatory that Test cricketers will have to play two rounds of the first-class tournament but that was not the case for players joining the squad after the tour of New Zealand.

"I won't say the preparation was very good," he said. "I feel the cricketers playing in white-ball cricket should have had some preparation by playing the four-day matches. They have to adapt mentally with the format and I am sure they can do it."

Mominul added that he is not worried with the absence of Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman. "I don't think it is a fact that the team will not perform without Shakib and Mustafizur because there are other cricketers. I don't think their absence will have any impact. It's just that we are not performing as a team and so we failed to achieve the desired results."