'Lack of Tests will hurt Bangladesh'

Updated on May 16, 2007 07:31 PM IST
Indian captain Rahul Dravid believes that the lack of Test experience will cause Bangladesh's undoing in the Test series.
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Reuters | ByAzad Majumder, Chittagong

The India skipper believes the lack of Test experience will cause Bangladesh's undoing in the upcoming series.

The first of their two-Test series starts on Friday in Chittagong. India won a three-match one-day series 2-0 after the final game was abandoned because of a waterlogged outfield.

"Obviously it is going to be a bit more difficult for them in tests simply because they haven't played that much Test cricket," said Dravid.

"We have got players who have a lot of Test experience. So we expect to do well in both the Test matches."

Experienced batsmen Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and leg-spinner Anil Kumble, who did not play in the one-day series, have joined India for the Tests.

Bangladesh last played a two-match Test series at home in April 2006 when they lost 2-0 to Australia.

The hosts have injury worries in the form of former skipper Khaled Mashud, while Mohammad Ashraful has just been released from hospital after a fever.

Captain Habibul Bashar told reporters he hoped Mashud and Ashraful would regain full fitness before the first Test, but conceded that a lack of Test experience was a concern.

"It's really worrying that we haven't played any test cricket in over a year," he said.

"But it is the right time for us to return to Test cricket. We have been playing good cricket and the number of performing cricketers in the team has also increased significantly in the last year."

Since attaining test status in 2000, Bangladesh have played 44 Tests matches, winning one, losing 39 and drawing four.

The teams

Habibul Bashar (Captain), Mohammad Ashraful, Javed Omar, Shahriar Nafees, Saqibul Hasan, Rajin Saleh, Tushar Imran, Khaled Mashud, Mohammed Rafique, Enamul Haque jnr., Mashrafe Mortaza, Shahadat Hossain, Syed Rasel, and Mehrab Hossain jnr.

Rahul Dravid (Captain), Wasim Jaffer, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, RP Singh, Zaheer Khan, VRV Singh, Munaf Patel, Anil Kumble, Ramesh Powar and Rajesh Pawar.

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