Top-order batsman Mominul Haque said the two remaining round of matches in the Bangladesh Cricket League 2018 will serve as good platform for the national cricketers to prepare for the longer version when the Tigers tour the West Indies in about two months’ time.
The franchise-based four-day league, the BCL, resumed following the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League season 2017-18 and the fifth and penultimate round of games will begin Tuesday. Prime Bank South Zone will take on Walton Central Zone at Shaheed Kamruzzaman Cricket Stadium in Rajshahi while Mominul’s Islami Bank East Zone will face BCB North Zone at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
With no international assignment at the moment, majority of the national cricketers are playing the BCL with the exception of those who are injured or away on leave. Mominul missed the previous round for being on leave attending the Umrah in Saudi Arabia.
“I think these two four-day matches in the BCL are the only longer-format matches before we travel to the West Indies in July. We might have some practice games but right now, these two matches are the platform for us to get in touch with the format and prepare for the tour. I will try to play with the same mentality as we do in a Test match,” said Mominul following a practice session in Mirpur Sunday.
“Domestic tournaments are always exciting when you have the national cricketers participating. It is good that most of the national cricketers are being able to play these few rounds of BCL. I think the one in Mirpur (between East Zone and North Zone) will be a very competitive game and I feel that it will have a result. When you have the best cricketers of the country playing a game – the match gets interesting automatically,” the left-handed batsman added.
For Mominul, four-day tournaments such as the BCL and the National Cricket League are of the utmost importance. Despite his brilliant ability with the bat, Mominul has been tagged as a longer-version specialist and the two domestic four-day tournaments of the country are the only places for him where he can maintain his touch.
“I think both the four-day tournaments – the national league and the BCL – are important for the national players. These tournaments are platform for us to prepare for the national team. I only play Test cricket for Bangladesh and that’s why tournaments like the BCL and the national league are of utter importance to me,” Mominul explained.
Mominul this season in the BCL batted at No 3 and scored 382 runs in five innings at an average of 76.4. The in-form veteran South Zone batsman Tushar Imran is at the top of the highest run-scorers’ list with 558 runs in six innings, including four centuries and a fifty, followed by Liton Das at No 2. Liton in seven innings has scored 427 runs at an average of 65.99 with two centuries and as many half-centuries.
When queried if he is harbouring any hope of rising to the summit of the list, Mominul said, “I don’t think of that honestly because whenever you are doing that, you will be playing for yourself, and not for the team. I used to think that way before but it was a wrong thing to do. I should rather try to play for the team and make the team champion, that way it also affects your personal performance. And whenever your team are champion, the top-scorers and wicket-takers’ lists are dominated by the champion team.”
North Zone continue to lead the points table with 41 points, including one win, while East Zone are second with two points less. South Zone are third with 38 points while Central Zone are at the bottom with 29 points.