Giving away wickets to spinners abroad is a crime: Mominul

Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque said that they failed to absorb the pressure in their second innings of the opening Test against South Africa in Durban, as they crashed to 53 all out. The spin duo of Keshav Maharaj and Simon Harmer took all the 10 wickets to fall in the second innings.

”I think we failed to handle the pressure after losing three wickets yesterday because I don’t see any other reason,” Mominul told reporters after the game. ”We played good cricket for four days and played badly only during the last session of yesterday and today.

”It’s not that we played badly for five days and there are lots of positives that we can take, and if we make ourselves mentally strong, we can surely make a comeback,” he added.

Mominul also was disappointed that the side’s batters lost wickets while facing the spinners. He further said that it was a ‘crime’ to give away wickets to spinners abroad.

”I think giving away wickets to the spinners abroad is a big crime and I think we should not be giving away wickets. I need to take the blame on my shoulders. There is always an opportunity to score runs against the spinners and it was a complete batting failure.”

Mominul also pointed out that Bangladesh’s batting depth is not that strong to pick a combination of five bowlers and six batters.

Another point of discussion was Bangladesh’s decision to field at a ground where the spinners have found some success. Mominul, on his part, said that he decided to field first as he felt there could be something in it for the pacemen upfront.

”Look, the last Test that we won, we played with seven batsmen. If you see, India, Australia and New Zealand, their batsmen average more than 50 but that is not the case with us. Our batsmen will have to average 50, (then) we will play with six batsmen and five bowlers.

“I picked fielding because I felt the pace bowlers can extract something from the wicket. We could have added another spinner at the expense of deducting a pace bowler or could have gone for six batsmen and five bowlers combination. But I don’t think we still are in such a place that we can go for five batsmen-six bowlers combination while playing abroad,” he said.

Mominul also urged the ICC to bring in neutral umpires on the back of certain umpiring decisions going against them on the fourth day. He also observed that South Africa perhaps crossed the line in relation to sledging.

”I think sledging is part of the game and it is normal but at times it seems they crossed the line and the umpires did not notice that. We don’t have anything in our hands as far as umpires are concerned but I think ICC should go for neutral umpires as there is hardly any Covid anymore.”

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