NEW DELHI: Mushfiqur Rahim, captain of the Bangladesh cricket team, has sought to play down comparisons between the upcoming one-off Test match against India in Hyderabad and his country's inaugural Test match against India back in 2000.
But despite his strong views of this not being a historic match, there is an air of uniqueness hovering this match starting February 9 because it is Bangladesh's first Test in India, more than 16 years on from when they made their debut in the five-day format.
Why Bangladesh have not been invited to play a Test on Indian soil remains a matter of conjecture - financial value is the likeliest reason - but Mushfiqur is determined to change perceptions of his team and force the BCCI to invite his team more often. Bangladesh are coming off successive defeats in New Zealand, but assume a tougher cloak in Asia and did, after all, beat England in their last Test at home in October. Getting his players to produce that sort of cricket is paramount for Mushfiqur, especially given the nature of this one-off Test.