Shakib: Bangladesh had no Test culture in past, and not even today

Shakib's remark came after the series sweep at the hands of the WI

Tigers Test captain Shakib al Hasan said Bangladesh had no Test culture in the past, and that they don’t have it even today.

Shakib’s remark came after Bangladesh suffered a 10-wicket loss at the hands of hosts West Indies in the recently concluded Saint Lucia Test.

When questioned about Bangladesh‘s recent poor form in the Test arena, Shakib also said players should not be blamed solely. 

"I think you can't blame the players totally for getting less interested in Test matches because our system is like that. When did you see 30,000 or 25,000 fans watching a Test match from the ground in our country?  Whereas in England such things happen in every match. So, there was no Test culture in our country before and that is not there even today," Shakib said during the post-match press conference Monday.

"But Test culture is not there doesn't mean it will not happen. It’s a big responsibility to change it (bring Test culture) and to do that if we can sit together and work after making a plan, then there is a possibility that something might happen, otherwise I don't think we can move forward a lot because we don't have the culture," he said.

Tigers batsmen failed to produce good performance as a team in the Test series as they also lost the first Test by seven wickets.

Only five fifty-plus innings were scored in the four innings by Bangladesh batsmen and Shakib scored two of them.

He scored 138 runs from four innings.

Bowlers bowled comparatively well as pacer Khaled Ahmed took 10 wickets in the series from four innings, including a five-wicket haul.