It is ‘disappointing’ to be at the bottom of the Test rankings, says Mushfiqur Rahim

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Bangladesh will be looking to take a page out of Zimbabwe’s book when they face New Zealand

Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim has announced that it is extremely “disappointing” to see his team at the bottom of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Test team rankings.

Bangladesh slipped down to tenth after Zimbabwe leapfrogged them by beating Pakistan in the second Test of their series at Harare.

“It is normal for a team to go up the ranking table when they do well,” Mushfiqur said. “For us however, it is very disappointing that they came back two years ago and crossed us. We have a great opportunity to beat New Zealand in the upcoming Test series. Even if it doesn’t better our position in the rankings, we will know that we have committed fully.”

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan noted that the national team have to take a page out of Zimbabwe’s book when they play New Zealand in the coming days.

“Zimbabwe has played well and it is reflected in their rankings,” he said. “We have to do the same and that has to be against New Zealand.”

Pace bowler Mashrafe Mortaza added that all national team players should be taking domestic matches seriously as well.

“We need to play more first-class cricket, and give more priority to the National Cricket League,” he said. “Batsmen will have to improve on scoring a century and bowlers have to try to bowl much better. Because we play so few Tests, we have to make best use of the opportunity.”

While all the Bangladesh players are excelling in the Dhaka Premier League, Rahim is hoping to play at least one four-day match before their series against New Zealand gets underway.

“There’s nothing better than match practice, and some of us play together in the clubs,” he said. “I am hoping for a longer-version match just after we leave the league, ahead of the Test series. If that doesn’t happen, we would like to train on the Chittagong wicket.

“We had passed on a message to the players that performance in the Premier League will be vital for our preparation against New Zealand. It will give us the self-confidence.”

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