In light of regular skipper Shakib Al Hasan being suspended by the ICC, Bangladesh Cricket Board appointed MominulHaque as the man to lead the side in the Test series against India which caught Mominul by some surprise.
“I was never ready [for captaincy] and it was unexpected. I never thought that I would be captain of the Bangladesh team, the Test team. But however, I have got it, Alhamdulillah,” MominulHaque said in Dhaka on Wednesday, adding that he was not aware why he was chosen for the role ahead of seniors like Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim.
Though surprised, Mominul does not see the added responsibility as a pressure-inducing position and intends to carry on his game as he did before being entrusted with the job.
“I never thought captaincy is any kind of extra pressure or responsibility because if I think that way then certainly it will be extra pressure. The way I’ve played before to score runs and play for the team, I am trying to play like that,” he said.
“If I worry too much [about captaincy] it will affect me. If I think I have a lot of responsibilities as the captain and I have to pull the team forward then certainly it will create some pressure. And if I play as if I have to make runs for the team just as a batsman then probably it would not have the same effect,” he added.
This means that Mominul will also become the first Bangladeshi player to take charge of the side during its first Day-Night Test which is scheduled to be played at the Eden Gardens.
“I think this is a great opportunity. We have not played a Test under floodlights or with a pink ball before, so we think this is a good opportunity for us. If we can play good cricket, it will be great,” said Mominul.
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