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We are not under any pressure, says Mominul Haque

Opportunity: In the absence of Shakib and Tamim, it is a chance for the rest of the Bangladesh players to do well.

Opportunity: In the absence of Shakib and Tamim, it is a chance for the rest of the Bangladesh players to do well.   | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy

The 28-year-old stressed on the series against invincible India as an opportunity for his young outfit

Mominul Haque, on the cusp of becoming Bangladesh’s 11th Test captain, has perhaps the biggest challenge in his country’s two-decade stint in the longest format. But rather than putting his team under pressure, the 28-year-old stressed on the series against invincible India as an opportunity for his young outfit.

“We are not under any pressure. We all know there isn’t much expectation from this series. We are not taking pressure. We will try to play good cricket,” Mominul said on Wednesday, ahead of the first Test starting here on Thursday.

“The one word that comes to mind is opportunity. When you are playing the No. 1 side in the world which is strong in all three departments, you have a big opportunity to play well against them. I see it as a big opportunity.”

Banlgadesh will enter the series without two of its stalwarts, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan (suspended) and opener Tamim Iqbal (unavailable). while Mominul didn’t shy away from admitting their void is difficult to fill, he stressed on the need to start the series well in Indore.

“We are missing three players in two players. Shakib bhai is two players in one, and then you have Tamim bhai. It is challenging, but I also see it as a chance to do well for the rest of the players,” he said.

“Playing a full series against India is a great opportunity for everyone in the team. Everyone wants to start well here, and on top of it we are playing the Test championship. Makes it a bigger opportunity for the players.”

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