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New Bangladesh Test captain Mominul up for India challenge
Mominul Haque appointed Bangladesh Test skipper

New Bangladesh Test captain Mominul up for India challenge

Mominul Haque couldn't believe his luck when he was out of the blue promoted to spearhead Bangladesh Test team in the aftermath of Shakib Al Hasan's fallout after his failure to report corrupt approaches.

Mominul has donned the team's shirt in 36 Tests, piled up 2,613 runs and has an impressive average of 41.47. He is thrilled to take over the reins of captaincy even though he is short of leadership experience right from the days of his domestic cricket.

"I was not ready at all. It was completely unexpected. I never thought even in my dreams that I will be the captain of Bangladesh or I will captain the Test side.

"I am very excited as I think (Kohli) is the best player in the world, the best batsman in all formats combined. Thinking about that makes me feel good," Haque commented.

Bangladesh will lock horns with mighty India on November 14 in Indore and will then reignite the friendly rivalry in the day-night Test in Kolkata from November 22 in the two-Test match series where both teams will battle hard to snatch ICC Test Championship points. 

It's still early days of the new tournament but India has started the proceedings splendidly by cementing the top spot in the championship with 240 points and Bangladesh are yet to play their first game, that will count, in the two-year-long competition. Mominul isn't going to clutter his mind with the gruelling demands of the captaincy of a cricket crazy nation.

"I never considered captaincy as pressure or responsibility. If I keep thinking that as a captain I have to take extra responsibility to carry the team forward then I will be in some pressure," Mominul added. 

 Pink balls are used in day-night Tests ©Getty Images

Pink balls are used in day-night Tests ©Getty Images

Haque isn't so sure about how the day-night Test will turn out. Nevertheless, from administrative and fans perspective, given the waning interest in Test cricket, - especially in the subcontinent - where the matches can often end up as dead rubbers, experimenting with the pink ball could spark interest in spectators.

"We have not played a Test under the floodlights and with the pink ball. It is a very good chance to play good cricket," the southpaw remarked.

Devoted fans support Shakib

Shakib is what Shahid Afridi was to Pakistan. Shakib's fan base is humungous as more than 700 devoted fans came out on the streets in rage, demanding the superstar to be pardoned for his offence and allowed to take field. 

Even the prime minister shared her disapproval of the punishment imposed on him by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

"It's clear that Shakib has made a mistake and he's realised that. There's nothing much the government can do about the ICC's decision but BCB will stand by him," Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was quoted as saying by bdnews24.com.  

Mominul isn't part of the Twenty20 squad for the ongoing T20I series which stands at 1-1. The limited-overs side is captained by seasoned batsman Mahmudullah Riyad and the final T20 is on November 10 in Nagpur.