Exactly the same would be great. The same coverage of grass, it might be slower and spin a little bit more. We want, keep the grass on and back our technique,
is Brendan Taylor’s demand for the second Test starting tomorrow.“
Bangladesh coach Shane Jurgensen is not happy with the facilities provided by hosts Zimbabwe on the current tour. While speaking to reporters yesterday at the team hotel, the coach appeared displeased with issues ranging from the practice times to the provision of local bowlers during the Tigers’ net sessions.
“We have not been able to practise once in the mornings, with all our practice sessions taking place in the afternoons,” said the coach before the team left for yesterday’s session. “It is not ideal because you want the players to get started early into their practice. It happens that on tours you do not often get your way, but on this tour nothing has come our way.
“For net bowlers, we wanted eight but there have been days when that did not happen. And as we are losing we cannot really complain. If we were winning then we could have made more noise about it, but it certainly doesn’t help,” Jurgensen added.
Yesterday the Zimbabwe side practised in the morning while Bangladesh were forced to train in the afternoon. It was learnt that the Tigers would have preferred to practise at the High Performance Centre, where they played a practice match on the last tour. However, the High Performance Centre has broken away from Zimbabwe Cricket, and now owned by former captain Alistair Campbell, which may be why the cricket authorities in the country are reluctant to let touring teams practise there.
The Tigers had a full practice session yesterday and the encouraging sign was that Tamim Iqbal, who has been out of action since suffering a thumb fracture in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in late March, batted for an extended period against the spinners without any visible signs of discomfort. It is however still uncertain whether he can participate in the second Test.
Bangladesh’s nine-wicket hero in the first Test, Robiul Islam, sat out the practice session. Team management said that it was decided to rest the seamer from practice, and there were no injury concerns surrounding him.