Mominul Haque has made the most of the given opportunity with Bangladesh A in their ongoing tour of Ireland, as the 26-year-old earned a national call for the upcoming Asia Cup 2018 in the UAE.
Haque, who last turned for Bangladesh in the One Day Cricket in the 2015 World Cup, cracked a career-best 182 against Ireland A and in the process, earned a national recall in the ODI team after Nazmul Hossain Shanto suffered hand injury during a practice session for the Asia Cup 2018.
Initially, Mominul was not named in the squad for the Asia Cup 2018, but Shanto’s injury offered him a great opportunity to resume ODI cricket in the multi-nation event. Now, the batsman included in the squad as Bangladesh Cricket Board extended the squad from 15 to 16 men.
Mominul told Cricbuzz, “I think the Ireland series was a great learning curve for me and it will help me in my coming days. I had to learn how to play aggressive cricket in completely different conditions and it was entirely a new experience for me. It was satisfying in a sense that I had managed to play a lot of shots throughout the series. I had very limited shots at my disposal and probably that is the reason it had an impact on my career in the shorter formats.”
Bangladesh is yet to find a suitable No. 3 batsman for the ODI side and Mominul can be their best pick for the spot as Bangladesh will start their Asia Cup campaign against Sri Lanka on September 15.
Bangladesh squad for Asia Cup 2018:
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza (C), Shakib Al Hasan (vice-captain}, Tamim Iqbal, Mohammad Mithun, Litton Kumar Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Ariful Haque, Mahmudullah Riyad, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Nazmul Hossain Shanto, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Nazmul Islam Apu, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Abu Hider Rony, Mominul Haque