Mominul Haque’s exclusion from the Bangladesh Test squad against Australia created buzz all around the country's cricket fraternity as the left-hander has often been considered as one of the best Tigers batsmen in the longer version in the last few years.
The question in everyone’s mind was why Mominul was dropped.
The national selection panel had to answer a series of questions regarding Mominul in the press conference during the squad declaration.
Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha is also part of the selection panel.
The coach thinks consistency is the only factor behind Mominul’s exclusion.
“He was very good at the beginning. But now, not scoring runs is the only problem for Mominul. I think Mominul is doing everything possible to get back in the team. He has scored good runs in the practice match. But unfortunately, the guys in the team are scoring runs as well,” Hathurusingha told the media.
“So Bangladesh is not about Mominul only. It’s about 11 players trying to win a game. We are not marginalising any player. I said before that everyone have been treated fairly. But you are concerning about one or two players. We have given everybody a fare chance, and it will happen in future.
“Selection is done by consistency. Some of the guys were dropped for our last Test. I won’t mention name because the team is more important. Consistent selection gives a lot of confidence to players who perform. We have reason to make good calls because we have been consistent on selection.
“The guys who played in the last game after losing the first Test (in Galle) came back and did well. Although the other guys are doing well in limited-overs cricket, unfortunately they have to wait for their time. Good thing is we are in a rich vein of form in the last few series. Players who got dropped - they have to wait.
“As a coach, you have responsibility. But the player also knows what he has to do. They are working very hard on it. Somebody has to go out of the team when they are not performing,” he added.
During the England Test series last year, it was learnt that Soumya Sarkar was in the squad as the team management thought including the left-hander might help him to maintain his confidence, despite being in a poor run of batting form.
As for Mominul, when asked if the same process is being followed or not, Hathurusingha informed that the fairness factor has been applied for every player.
“Those players who are not in the squad, are still practising. Confidence comes when we communicate with the player. There is no rule but fairness is applied for everybody. I don’t think we have any preference for any player. What we are trying to get is pulling the best out of the player, who are in form or who got opportunity to play,” he said.
“Creating pressure is not for only this team. It’s for about the whole cricket of Bangladesh. If players are fighting for places, then I think our team is getting better. Because there is competition for places.
“I want 11 players in the playing XI performing. My priority is not the individual player. My priority is the national team of Bangladesh and try to win matches for them,” he explained.
Hathurusingha also admitted that he is confident Bangladesh will do well in the upcoming series if the players can play according to their potential.
“We are very confident. We respect every team. But we never fear any team. We are confident that our team will play good cricket against Australia,” he concluded.