Bangladesh’s newly appointed test skipper, Mominul Haque, said he was shocked by the appointment and he wasn’t prepared for such a role. As the daily skipper Shakib Al Hasan was suspended by the ICC for failing to report bribery approaches by a bookie, the Bangladesh Cricket Board was forced to make a leadership change for T20I and Tests.
“I was never ready [for captaincy] and it was totally unexpected. Never thought that I would be captain of Bangladesh team, the Test team. But however, I have got it, Alhamdulillah,” Mominul 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 like 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.
Mominul hasn’t just been thrust into Test captaincy earlier than he would’ve anticipated, he’s now also in line to be the first captain of Bangladesh to lead the team in a Day-Night Test – to be played in Kolkata from November 22.
“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 a great,” said Mominul.
What captaincy now also brings along is the prospect of walking out for toss with Virat Kohli, which has Mominul believes will be a thrilling experience for him.
“There is a lot of thrill [going to toss with him] because I think he is the best player in the world and the number one batsman in all formats. If I think in that way then it will be quite exciting,” he said.