Bangladesh all-rounder Soumya Sarkar emphasized on adjusting them mentally with the red-ball cricket ahead of the first Test against Pakistan, slated to begin on February 7 at Rawalpindi.
The Bangladeshi players have been in T20 mode right at this moment as they have played the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BBPL) for more than one month before playing a three-match T20 series in Pakistan in the first phase of the tour.
So it was kind of tougher job for them to get them into the Test mode.
The players, however, would get the first round of Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL), scheduled to start on January 31, ahead of the first Test against Pakistan.
According to Soumya, even though the match practice is crucial to prepare them for the Test match, what is more important is to adjust them with red-ball cricket psychologically.
"It is good to have practice and the match practice is really helpful. The players who will go to Pakistan for the Test, the match practice is crucial for them," Soumya said here on Wednesday.
"We won't get enough opportunity to practice ahead of the Test but playing a match in BCL would be helpful. However, what is important is to adjust to red-ball cricket psychologically. And if you can adjust with red-ball cricket mentally, it will be more helpful than two-day practice session or match practice."
"Everyone was in T20 mode. So when you will play Test cricket straight from the T20 cricket, you may feel it differently. It would have been better if we have enough practice sessions but since there is no chance for enough
practice, there is no need to think about it. We have to think in a positive way and that's important." Soumya who is drafted into the Walton Central Zone this season said he would try to perform well in the first round match of BCL in a bid to gain some confidence ahead of the Test match.
"When you will perform in the match, it will give you some confidence. But overthinking of performance would create pressure. That's why it's better to give my best and try to do something good for the team," he remarked.
Since the BCL is a four-team tournament and all of the teams are boasted with the national players, Soumya said the tournament would be competitive.
"Since every team is boasted with the national players, I think it would be a competitive tournament," he concluded.