Playing drives along with the line of the ball is relatively easier on the sub-continent wickets. But in South Africa, playing cut shots and pull shots will be the key for batsmen and waiting until the last moment to play a shot will be equally important as well. Imrul made his international debut when the Tigers last visited South Africa in 2008-09. Among the players in the squad, apart from Imrul, only Tamim and Mushfiq previously played against the Proteas at their backyard. Bangladesh started practice at 9:30 local time as fitness and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayan instructed the players to warm up with the exception of Tamim and Soumya. Then players played football as part of their warm-up session. Top-order batsman Mominul ran some extra mileage with Villavarayan while the others were playing football. After that, the players underwent some short catching practice. Then the squad was divided into three groups. Four batsmen in the form of Mahmudullah, Tamim, Liton and Mominul went to the nets while fielding and assistant coach Richard Halsall gave slip catching. Mushfiq was the wicket-keeper, Imrul was stationed at first slip, Sabbir at second and youngster Mehedi Hasan Miraz at third. Four pacers in the shape of Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed Subashish Roy and Shafiul Islam were running with the fitness coach at one corner of the field and later, they did not bowl in the nets but did practise batting. Among the bowlers only Rubel Hossain, spinner Taijul Islam and Miraz bowled in the nets. Bangladesh will train Tuesday in the morning with the first Test against the Proteas beginning Thursday.
Bangladesh team practice session at Potchefstroom today ahead of first Test against South Africa. pic.twitter.com/WxyZ1UMnty— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) September 25, 2017