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Mehidy Hasan excited by the prospect of representing Bangladesh in the first day-night Test in the country’s history

Mehidy Hasan excited by the prospect of representing Bangladesh in the first day-night Test in the country’s history

Mehidy Hasan has revealed that the Bangladesh camp is not too worried about the first day-night affair with the pink ball in Test cricket. The camp, according to Mehidy Hasan is relishing the challenge. Having been humiliated in the opening Test in Indore, Bangladesh has an uphill climb ahead of them at Eden Gardens.

“It’s a totally new experience, we are not tensed at all,” Mehidy Hasan told reporters after a practice session. “I think we all are excited to play the day-night Test with a pink ball for the first time. That’s a matter of huge excitement. We remain normal and take the preparation that we usually take before any match.

“I have batted today and found the ball moves more than the traditional red ball. The ball seems to be heavy and if the bat connects with the ball, it goes quickly. I think a pink ball can offer swing heavily from the beginning. It is important to get set in the crease. If one can get set he will find it easier. We didn’t get enough time to practice with the pink ball. But we are trying to overcome our shortcomings,” he added.

Mehidy believes spinners can still play a part in the game even though pacers are expected to inflict more damage. “Spinners, I think, can skid the ball. There may be some bounce and turn. From what we have seen pink ball can offer bounce for the spinners,” he observed.

“About the seam, it can be identified when it lands on the seam and sometimes the seam can’t be identified. Maybe sometimes it might not be possible to predict the seam position,” he said adding that they would get a better idea after practicing for a couple of more days.

The 22-year-old expressed disappointment over his own performance and has called for fellow young players to step up as well so that Bangladesh can put up a better fight. “The seniors’ performance over the years took us here,” Mehidy pointed out. “So the performances of juniors, I mean the junior players who are playing for long, is very important. The likes of me, Liton, Mustafizur, Shadman, Mithun should step up to support the seniors.

“To be honest, I am working with the coaches to make sure that I check the flow of runs while playing in foreign conditions. But in the last match, they played really aggressive cricket. We feel that if I can strangle the flow of runs, I get more opportunities to get wickets in foreign conditions. But while at home, the case is different altogether.”

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