Solitary Test not enough to test Tiger’s skill, says Bangladesh chief selector

Faruk Ahmed, the chief selector of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is “not happy” with the Indian cricket board’s decision to accommodate only one Test in the forthcoming series against Bangladesh.

The BCB has announced a tour program where Dhonis and Kohlis are scheduled to play one Test and three ODIs’ in June.
“Our team is doing exceedingly well in all formats of the game and to test the skill of tigers, one Test is not enough,”Faruk Ahmed said. “India could have thought of playing at least three Test matches. Normally three ODIs are played in the series but we would have loved to play five ODIs in this series.”
When pointed out that India’s series will be played in Bangladesh during peak rainy season and that possibly may be the reason for the shortened tour, the selector insisted, “My point is Bangladesh team should be given enough opportunity to play against India. Our team has never been invited to play in India. It is high time now that we play our matches in India soon. Our boys want more exposures to get promoted at international level.”
India is scheduled to play a Test in Fatullah which is hosting the Test match after nine years. “Fatullah has a good built up Stadium and has good wicket and is a good ground. The facilities here are improved in recent years”.
“Absence of Mahendra Singh Dhoni in the Test should not be a concern. Team India is capable of producing good lot. India has enough good players and any player in Indian team can easily be replaced. Will watch out Virat Kohli in Test,” Faruk added.
The BCB will continue to appoint different captains for different formats of the game.
“We (the selectors) are likely to persist with Mushfiqur Rahim for the Test and Mashrafe Mortaza for the ODIs’ against India. At present we are appointing the captains series by series. The performance of captain is thus monitored.”

Bipin Dani

Bipin Dani

A Civil Engineer by profession, Bipin is also a senior cricket journalist in India.
He has toured UAE, Sri Lanka, Morocco and Malaysia, to name a few, and contributes to a large number of newspapers in India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
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