Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib al Hasan  ©  AFP
Mustafizur Rahman and Shakib al Hasan © AFP

Bangladesh faced embarrassing defeats in both the Tests against West Indies  during their tour. They lost the first Test by an innings and 219 runs and second by 166 runs. None of their players showed the intent to play the longest format of the game. According to reports in bdnews24, BCB chief Nazmul Hasan has revealed that senior players like Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman are not willing to play test cricket.

“I’ve seen in the ICC that the boards, except England and Australia, do not have interest in Test. Besides them, broadcasters are also reluctant. They say Tests don’t draw visitors. It’s an issue,” the BCB chief said. “But now I see a number of senior cricketers like Shakib in our country don’t want to play Tests. Neither does Mustafizur,” he added.

Mutafizur on the other hand is injury prone and test cricket can be a threat to his career. However, BCB chief wants more youngsters in Test cricket and wishes to have different teams for different forms of the game.

“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. Rubel is an experienced player. He has been giving us service for a long time. We must bring in young cricketers. 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 added on the fact how the conditions did not help the visitors and mentioned about having the same kind of pitches in Bangladesh for training.

“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 past four years.Now we must go abroad. So we need such pitches for domestic cricket,” he concluded.