The Tigers come into the match on the back of six consecutive Test defeats, including five by innings margins
Bangladesh will be looking to break a dismal losing streak when they take on visiting Zimbabwe in a one-off Test starting at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Saturday.
The Tigers come into the match on the back of six consecutive Test defeats, including five by innings margins.
The national cricket team has recently faced significant criticism from both the media and the Bangladesh Cricket Board for their below-par performances in the longest format.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan on Wednesday expressed his disappointment with the team and said he sees no hope of Bangladesh winning the Test against Zimbabwe.
On the eve of the Zimbabwe Test, Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said the Tigers need to be more adaptable and less reliant on their spin attack for consistent success in the longest format.
“For Bangladesh to improve in Tests, we can’t play on raging turners all the time. We pick one seamer, and then we go to India, South Africa or Australia, and we wonder who our three seamers are going to be because they haven’t played any cricket. It is a fine balance,” he said.
“We know the strength of the team is playing on spinning wickets, particularly when you play teams like Australia, New Zealand or South Africa. You want the wickets to spin. But we also have to learn how to play on good wickets, so that our seamers can be in the game. If we play on a tough wicket, the batsmen can’t get big hundreds. It also puts the bowlers in a false sense of security that they think they are great bowlers because the wicket is spinning. It is a tough thing for the team to come to grips with, but it is something that I am pretty strong about. We need to play on good wickets so that we can develop our game not just in Bangladesh, but outside too,” Domingo added.
Bangladesh are likely to include two seamers in the playing XI against Zimbabwe, with Abu Jayed Chowdhury and Ebadat Hossain in action alongside two spinners.
The batting line-up will not include Mahmudullah after his below-par performance in the Test against Pakistan earlier this month. Wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim returns to the national fold after skipping the Rawalpindi Test.
Zimbabwe will be looking to continue a good run of form in Tests in the absence of regular captain Hamilton Masakadza. The African nation recently fought hard in a Test series against Sri Lanka and will be looking to capitalize on Bangladesh’s poor recent form.
“Bangladesh is having a poor run of form in Tests recently, but they are stronger opponents in their own conditions. But these conditions are also a little bit familiar to us, as we have toured here often in the past. It should be a very good contest,” stand-in Zimbabwe captain Craig Ervine said at the pre-match press conference.
“You always feel a little bit of pressure playing at home. Obviously, with their recent form, they will be under even more pressure. However, we have to concentrate on our process and our strength, and not worry too much about Bangladesh’s history in Test cricket,” Ervine added.