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Bangladesh Wait On Tamim Iqbal, Mominul Haque Seeks Rare Test Win As Skipper

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By AFP News
July 06, 2021 • 23:15 PM View: 421

Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque hopes "important" opening batsman Tamim Iqbal will be passed fit to face Zimbabwe in a one-off Test at Harare Sports Club from Wednesday.

"Tamim is a very important player for us. For him we will wait for the last moment, we have training today (and) will decide in the morning whether he will play or not," the skipper told an online news conference.

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Top-order batsman Haque has battled as skipper of the Tigers in the longest format, winning just one Test of eight, and appreciates the value Iqbal brings. Bangladesh do have happy memories of their last Test against Zimbabwe, though, cruising to victory by an innings and 106 runs in the sub-continent last year.

Haque was optimistic as he prepared for a rare sport event in Zimbabwe with football and rugby shut down by the coronavirus pandemic. "I was a bit anxious about how we will adjust to the Test match after playing Twenty20 matches in the league," he said.

"But now I am relieved after seeing most of the batsmen and bowlers doing well in the warm-up game. I hope there will not be any shortcomings." Another boost for Haque is the return of Shakib al Hasan, who opted out of a two-Test series against Sri Lanka this year.


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