PCB Backs Misbah despite failure in PSL 202023 March 2020 / SkyBook365 Cricket Editors Team
Islamabad crashed out without reaching the knockout stages for the 1st time.
Despite losing the just concluded Twenty20 series against India, Bangladesh is taking inspiration from their maiden win against the hosts in the format as they prepare for the upcoming two-match Test series, scheduled to begin in Indore from November 14. Bangladesh shift their focus on red ball cricket for the time being before moving it towards the pink ball as the series-concluding second Test will be played under lights at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Ahead of the first Test, Bangladesh wicket-keeper Mohammad Mithun hailed team India, saying that the Virat Kohli led side is the 'best side in the world'. "We respect them, they are one of the best sides in the world. At home, they are very strong," Mithun told reporters. "In the past, India depended on spin bowling attack, however now they have strong pace attack too," he added. During their first day of preparation, Bangladesh's Test batsmen got the first opportunity to work with their new Test batting consultant Neil McKenzie, who has been Bangladesh's white-ball batting consultant for years. McKenzie, who was earlier reluctant to work in all three formats due to lack of family time, has agreed to work only for the first game while the BCB officials maintain that his future in the Test set-up will be decided later.
Despite Shakib Al Hasan's absence the team is motivated to showcase a good performance against India in the Test series. The International Cricket Council (ICC) had recently banned Shakib for two years for breaching its Anti-Corruption Code. Captain Mithun said, "In a Test, every session is important. A five-day Test allows each team to have a chance in the match. Everyone needs to contribute. We are not looking for any weakness in their side, we are just trying to strengthen our game." "We are trying to improve our game. We have to do a lot of hard work to win here. All five bowlers in their side are world-class," he added. Bangladesh have never defeated India in the longest format of the game.
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