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Shakib thinks Mominul may take rest if needed

Below par performance had made Mominul decide to step down as Bangladesh Test captain ahead of the ongoing tour of West Indies

Update : 20 Jun 2022, 05:19 PM

Bangladesh Test captain Shakib al Hasan is in the opinion that Mominul Haque has the option to take a break if needed. Shakib made the comment amid left-handed batter Mominul’s battle against his longtime off-form.

Mominul, who plays only Tests for Bangladesh, has been struggling and the nine consecutive single-digit scores that involves three ducks and highest score of just six runs, highlights that strongly.

The below par performance had made Mominul decide to step down as Bangladesh Test captain, ahead of the ongoing tour of West Indies, and it is believed the cricketer can take harder decision – which is to take rest starting with the second and the final Test of the series against hosts Windies in St Lucia on June 24.

“It is tough for me to say, but I speak to him [Mominul] regularly and we will talk again. If he thinks he needs a break, it can happen,” said Shakib to the media in Antigua on Sunday following Bangladesh’s comprehensive seven-wicket defeat in the first Test of the series.

“But we have just finished a game, so it won't be a good thing to come to a decision now. Since we have a couple of days before we start training in St Lucia, we may be able to think about what should be done for the betterment of our team,” Shakib added.

Bangladesh have been dealing with top order issue alongside that of Mominul. It last nine innings the team has lost first four wickets under 100 runs. There is also discussion if it is time to change Najmul Hossain Shanto and opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy too.

Shakib is however against the thought and pressed that there is no guarantee that too many changes in the playing XI will be good for the team.

“You cannot guarantee that a lot of changes will be good for the team. But if you look at the numbers, we have lost four wickets for less than 100 runs in 12 out of the 16 innings. That is pretty worrying. Only a concerted team effort can get us out of here. I know we can get out of this. We have been here before, so I believe we can come out,” Shakib explained.

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