Hathurusinghe realistic ahead of England series

Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe has insisted he will not be setting high expectations for his players in the first Test against England.

The Tigers fought hard as they went down 2-1 in the ODI series but Hathurusinghe knows that Test cricket is a different ball game and his team have not played the longest format for over a year.

The coach told the media ahead of the first Test: “You can’t have plans if you don’t have ammunition. You can manage what you have, and that’s what we are thinking.

“We will keep developing a strategy in the long-term. Don’t expect us to do miracles straight away.

“If we happen to win the game, well and good. We are on the way. It will give us a lot of confidence. I am not too worried about what I don’t have. I am trying to maximise what we have.”

The former Sri Lanka international feels the game in Bangladesh has been hampered by the lack of a competitive first class competition.

Hathurusinghe added: “I can’t try players at the international level, which is the unfortunate thing in Bangladesh cricket that we are facing.

“We have had a lot of injuries and players lose form because we haven’t played for a long time.

“We don’t know where the fast bowlers are at this stage. It is a matter of just trusting the players that we have in our midst and being patient.”

Bangladesh have come a long way in ODI cricket but this series will be a yard-stick for their progress as a Test nation.