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BCB boss believes Mominul suffering from psychological issues

Mominul made way for Anamul in 2nd WI Test

Update : 27 Jun 2022, 06:04 PM

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan believes the issue with Mominul Haque underperforming is a psychological one, and not one of skill or technique.

Left-handed batter Mominul has been the center of discussions for his long below-par form which pushed him to step down from the Bangladesh Test captaincy role ahead of the ongoing tour of the West Indies.

But that did not make the situation better for Mominul who holds the record of scoring the most centuries for Bangladesh, 11, in Test cricket.

The former Test captain scored only four runs in the first Test of the two-match series against hosts Windies last week in Antigua, including a duck in the first innings.

It is understood that more than the team management it was Mominul who thought of taking a break and got rested in the second game, making way for Anamul Haque to return to the side after a gap of almost seven years.

The occasion was the third in his career that Mominul missed out from a Test match, and the first in 32 games.   

“I strongly believe Mominul has issues psychologically and not with the skill or technique. He is one of the best performers for Bangladesh in Test cricket, he has scored most hundreds for the country in the format,” said Nazmul to the media Sunday. 

“The board would have never given him the captaincy charge if he was not a good player. It is sad that he is not being able to score runs now but I am sure that he will soon get back to runs,” he added.

Mominul made his Test debut in 2013 in Sri Lanka and since emerged as one of the most dependable batters for the country in Test cricket.

He once had the opportunity to claim the world record of scoring 12 consecutive half-centuries in the format.  

During head coach Chandika Hathurusingha’s regime, Mominul was kept off for two matches and the coach had cited back then that the batter has issues playing short balls.

In 2017 in New Zealand, Mominul had missed the third game in his career due to an injury.

Mominul till date has played 54 Test matches and scored 3,529 runs at an average of 37.54 with 11 centuries and 15 half centuries.

However, luck was not in his favor in the last 10 innings as he scored in single digit in nine of them.

Since his match-winning 88-run knock in Mount Maunganui against hosts New Zealand earlier this year, Mominul has scored just 78 runs in 12 innings.

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