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Long way to go for Nayeem, says Mominul

  • Published at 12:05 am February 26th, 2020
Bangladesh's Nayeem Hasan bowls during day four of their lone Test against Zimbabwe in Mirpur Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Hailing from Chittagong, Nayeem has played five Tests since his debut in November 2018, taking 19 wickets thus far

Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque insisted that young off-spinner Nayeem Hasan should not be pampered for his early deeds in the national fold.

The 19-year old Nayeem was the chief architect of Bangladesh’s convincing win against Zimbabwe in the lone Test match.

Nayeem bagged nine wickets in the game as the home side registered their first win in seven Tests, defeating the African nation by an innings and 106 runs within three and a half days.

In the first innings, the tall spinner picked up four wickets to help Bangladesh restrict the opponent for 265 and following the host’s 560 for the loss of six wickets declared, Nayeem notched his second five-for as Zimbabwe were dismissed for 189 in their second innings.

Hailing from Chittagong, Nayeem has played five Tests since his debut in November 2018, taking 19 wickets thus far.

Nayeem displays the match ball Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

“See, he [Nayeem] has just started his career. I do not want to speak about it [his performance against Zimbabwe] much. I would like to request you [media] and it will be great if you keep my request. He has just now started and has a long way to go. He has bowled very well and I will hope he will do better in future,” said Mominul to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Tuesday.

“I do not want to term it outstanding as he has a lot to do for the team. He will gradually improve and he will need to improve. One cannot understand international cricket right from the start. He has to grow a lot more,” the top-order batsman added.

Meanwhile, questions are being asked as to whether Bangladesh had it easy against the inexperienced Zimbabwean bowlers in the first innings.

Many are downplaying Bangladesh’s huge total given the fact that they recently struggled to post significant totals against India and Pakistan, who possess quality bowling attacks.

Regarding this, Mominul said, “Of course. You all know there is a difference between the Zimbabwe bowlers compared to India and Pakistan. But that does not mean it’s a lot. Everyone in international cricket plays to perform and do well. There may be difference with skill and plan but you cannot look down on them. Pakistan and India bowlers are of course better but that does not mean they [Zimbabwe] are not good. They may have lacked in experience in this game given two of their key bowlers are injured.”