Rahim not focusing on lack of Tests in 2016


Bangladesh have not played a Test in over a year, but skipper Mushfiqur Rahim says they are ready for the challenge that is England in Chittagong.

The Tigers have been busy with the white ball formats, but have not played in white gear in 15 months, while England have had plenty of match practice.

But Rahim is confident of doing well in the first Test this week: “If we start thinking about these things, then we are going on the back foot.

“Now is the time to play and we are focusing on that. Being a professional cricketer you cannot say that we have not played for the last 15 months.

“The important thing is how you can do well in the coming five days. We are not concentrating on not having played for a long time.”

England captain Alastair Cook felt that there was a different ‘rhythm’ to playing Tests, but that he was not underestimating his opponents on their home soil.

Cook said: “You get into a rhythm of playing Test cricket, there’s no doubt about it.

“(But) As we saw in the one-day series, Bangladesh are a hugely improved cricketing nation over the last three or four years.

“There’s talent, which we hadn’t necessarily seen in the past, and a pathway through for guys. I think it will be a really good test for us.”