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20 January, 2020 00:00 00 AM
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BANGLADESH’S TOUR OF PAKISTAN

Domingo monitors players to fix T20 squad for World T20

SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo billed the ensuing series of Bangladesh in Pakistan as challenging, saying they will go there with their full of confidence to play better brand of cricket against the No 1 T20 team.

Domingo also said they want to triumph the series beating the home side what they missed to do it against India on their soil in their last series.  

“It’s fantastic team. I think they brought back Shoaib Malik, brought back Hafeez but they left out Amir. We know Pakistan is a fantastic T-20 side,” said Russell Domingo yesterday.

“We are going there with some confidence. We know our T-20 cricket is improving. So, we know it’s a big challenge for us,” Domingo told media at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur prior to the outset of their first practice session ahead of the Pakistan tour.

“We want to see how we compete against the number one team in the world. We nearly beat India in India and really want to see go better and beat Pakistan in Pakistan,” he added.

When asked about challenges in the middle order, the head coach said they need to look at what they have options in hand in the series.

“We’ve got to look at how others play in the middle order. A guy like Soumya, who batted may be 3 in India, might end up batting at six in Pakistan. Riyad may bat at 5. Afif might come up to bat at 3 or 4,” he said.

“We really need to look at those types of things. Shanto is finished his campaign well. So, there are a lot of options to look at. We can only play two openers and the rest of them have to fill up,” he also said.

The head coach said he is excited to get a team trimmed with fresh spirit by whom they are preparing their T20 squad keeping T20 World Cup in mind.

“Definitely, there are some good young players. First time I’ll be working with young Hasan Mahmud. I’ve seen some of his performances watched him closely and seen him in nets with the emerging team. So, I’m clearly looking forward to work with him. It’s a young group of players which for me is exciting. It shows the depth in the system,” he opined.

“Obviously, some of these players can make a big call going into the World Cup squad. The World Cup squad is not finalized. There are several things we need to look at and this is a fine opportunity for these young players to put their hands up,” he told.

“Depending on how they do. But after the series, we probably want to start keeping our squad as small as possible. Maximum 16 to 17 players whom we can play in the next couple of series,” he added

Domingo said he enjoys working with Mahmudullah Riyad, who can lead them in the next Twenty World Cup.

“I’m hoping that he is the guy who can lead us in the World Cup. He has got my support. He has done a great job in India. I really enjoyed working with you since I have been here. He is a great professional. He is a world-class player and well respected in the change room. He is my guy hoping to lead us in the World Cup,” he said of Riyad.

Regarding Tamim Iqbal, Russell said, “It’s my first tour with Tamim. So, I’ll get to understand him a bit better. I understand the role he played in the BPL team and we need to discuss in our team that the sort of role he plays in our team.”

“At the moment, no decision has been made on him. I’ll think about in the next couple of days. It also depends on who he opens with. If he opens with a dasher, he can play that role and if he opens with an inexperienced player that he may play more positively and those type of discussion will take place in the next couple of days.”

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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