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Nazmul: Board had removed Mominul from Test captaincy

BCB boss backs Mominul to script a comeback to Test side

Update : 29 Jun 2022, 09:53 PM

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan revealed that the board had removed Mominul Haque from Test captaincy.

The BCB chief’s statement contradicts the saga of Mominul willingly stepping down from the role.

Left-handed top-order batter Mominul on May 31 declared his resignation as Test captain following a meeting with Nazmul at his Gulshan residence.

The diminutive batsman had come to the decision amid heavy criticism of his below par performance with the bat and failing to lead the Test team to better results.

BCB later announced Shakib al Hasan as the new Test captain and the star all-rounder started the duty with the ongoing tour of the West Indies where Bangladesh conceded a 2-0 series whitewash against the hosts.

Nazmul Wednesday however, during an interaction with the media following the fourth meeting of the BCB Board of Directors claimed that the board had removed Mominul after giving enough time. 

Mominul’s struggle with the bat continued as he scored just four runs, including a duck, in the first Test of the series.

In the second Test, he was benched and it has been reported that the management thought of giving the left-handed batter a break.    

“I don’t think it would have been wise to remove Mominul without giving him enough time. I think we gave him sufficient time [as captain] and then removed him as the skipper. Now we saw he did not play the second Test. This decision was taken by the team management, we are not aware of what happened. It could have been another player too. You have to understand that new players are being tested by the team management,” said Nazmul to the media.

The BCB boss said the board in the meeting emphasized on developing first-class cricket.

The discussion in the board happened amid wide debate of Bangladesh trailing behind in Test cricket and that it is yet to develop a strong culture despite playing the format for almost 22 years.

The BCB supremo pressed that having quality first-class cricket set-up will also help off-form national team cricketers to find a way back to rhythm and as an example, Nazmul spoke of Mominul.

“We discussed on how we can develop domestic competitions, especially longer version cricket. The working committee will develop three proposals and submit to the board and we will have further discussion,” Nazmul informed.

“I think those national cricketers who struggle with form can play the domestic tournament to make a return. It will help especially those cricketers who I personally consider as good but are not being able to perform, for example Mominul. I am confident he will come back. He has scored so many centuries but has not been able to score runs in last 10 games. I am sure he will make a comeback if he gets to play some domestic cricket. It’s just a matter of time.”

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