Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque says there's no room for experimentation ahead of Sri Lanka tour

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Dhaka: Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque on Sunday ruled out any experimenting in the forthcoming Test series in Sri Lanka as they were badly in need of some results.

The Tigers will leave home Monday with an inflated squad for the two-Test series, beginning on 21 April in Kandy.

Kandy will also host the second Test from 29 April. Both the games will be at Kandy, but without spectators.

Bangladeshi selectors earlier this week announced a 21-member squad for the series, saying the line-up for the series will be confirmed only after a two-day warm-up match in Sri Lanka.

"One can't experiment on a tour to Sri Lanka, particularly without results behind you. We need results, having failed in five or six Tests," Mominul told reporters in Dhaka.

"Sri Lanka are a great team at home. It will be challenging for us. It won't be easy for us. But the situation we find ourselves, we have to take up this challenge and find a good result for the team," Mominul said.

Bangladesh won just one of their last nine Test matches, which included a home series against a depleted West Indies side in February.

They also lost all matches in New Zealand in March, which included three one-day internationals and as many Twenty20 internationals.

Mominul, who was not part of the squad for New Zealand series, urged the team to forget the result and take only the positives from the series.

"New Zealand is in the past, "he said.

"But we can learn a few things from there. The pace bowlers have been doing well in the last four or five series. I am generally happy with the bowlers €" pacers and spinners," he said.

The Bangladesh series was originally scheduled for October and November last year but was postponed due to the pandemic.

Mominul hoped that the series will be competitive.

"I think it will be a competitive series. It will be challenging. Both teams have good pace bowlers. Batting is going to be very important. We haven't been batting up to everyone's expectations off late," he said.

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