Lack of Tests 'main difference' between Bangladesh and India - Mominul Haque

Mominul Haque looks at Virat Kohli in admiration on his captaincy debut BCCI

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque is pleased that his side is getting to play more Test matches courtesy the World Test Championship (WTC).

Bangladesh are slated to play Pakistan, Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand next year as part of the 2019-2021 cycle, and a Test each against Zimbabwe and Ireland outside of it.

It is a jump from the number of Test matches that they were previously playing, which had prompted many complaints from administrators, players and coaches about the long gaps between fixtures. Mominul, who is treated as a Test specialist and therefore has to deal with long breaks between international games, said that the gulf between Bangladesh and India in the longest format was mainly a result of the difference in the number of matches the two teams play.

"We are happy," Mominul said after Bangladesh's innings defeat in Indore. "The WTC is a huge opportunity for those who play Tests. It is a huge competition. If the ICC didn't arrange this competition, we wouldn't get many Tests. It will be better for everyone.

"We have to play a lot of Test matches. If you see in the last seven months, we have played only two Tests. We don't play Tests like other teams. I think it is the main difference [between the two sides]."

Pressed for answers about Bangladesh's defeat in Indore, where their batsmen wilted under the pressure exerted by the "No. 1 bowling attack in the world", Mominul said that the opening batsmen could have made life a little easier for the rest of the line-up had they played out the first hour.

"The bowling attack was challenging. It would be easier for the rest of the batting line-up if the openers played out the first 15 to 20 overs," he said. "India have a threatening attack, but we also failed as a batting unit. They are the No. 1 bowling attack in the world. We couldn't latch on to our chances also."

Mominul also said that they were considering promoting Mushfiqur Rahim in the batting order, after his scores of 43 and 64 in this game. "Promoting Mushfiqur would be a positive sign, if the team management decides to. I think we can have that line of thinking."