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Never thought I would lead Bangladesh: Mominul

Mominul Haque has found himself thrust into the spotlight in the most unexpected turn of events as he will be leading the Bangladesh Test side in the two games against India in the absence of the banned Shakib Al Hasan.

Shakib failed to report corrupt approaches to the International Cricket Council (ICC) leading to a two-year ban, with 12 months of the sentence suspended. Mominul, who will begin his first stint as captain of the team soon, claimed he had never thought even in his dreams that he will lead the national team.

"I was never ready [for captaincy] and it was totally unexpected. Never thought that I would be captain of Bangladesh team, the Test team. But however, I have got it, Alhamdulillah,” he said.

A vital cog in the ‘Tigers’ batting lineup, Mominul hoped the burden of captaincy will not have any detrimental effect on his on-field performances.

"I never thought captaincy is any kind of extra pressure or responsibility because if I think that way then certainly it will be extra pressure. The way I've played before to score runs and play for the team, I am trying to play like that," he added.