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Domingo: If we play to our potential, we’ll be hard to beat

  • Published at 02:07 am September 13th, 2019
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Bangladesh's Afif Hossain bats in the Mirpur nets as head coach Russell Domingo and batting coach Neil McKenzie look on Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

About the defeat in the sole Test against Afghanistan, the Tigers’ coach gave all credit to the Afghans and showed concern with Bangladesh’s Test performances

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo is hopeful with the Tigers, despite their low T20I rank and recent performances in the shortest format, and believes they will turn around and play better cricket in the upcoming tri-nation series.

“When it comes to white-ball cricket, Bangladesh can beat anybody on the given day. We got some world-class performers in our side. Just look at the experience of the team. In 50-over World Cup, Bangladesh were the second most experienced team. So there is no shortage of quality and no shortage of experience in the particular side. I think if we play with our potential, we will be very hard to beat,” Domingo said during the pre-match press conference in Mirpur Thursday.

Against the question of whether it will be a spin-dominated attack for the Tigers, like the Test match against Afghanistan, the Bangladesh coach said they are planning for both spin and pace as part of their preparation for the World T20I, which is scheduled to be held in Australia next year. 

“No, absolutely. This is totally a different format and different condition and there is a World T20I in Australia so you need to play some fast bowlers. I think it’s really important. There is a World Cup in Australia in a year and you need to play some fast bowlers,” said the 45-year old. 

About the defeat in the sole Test against Afghanistan, the Tigers’ coach gave all credit to the Afghans and showed concern with Bangladesh’s Test performances. 

“Look it was first Test match and I think Afghanistan played really well. So the credit should go to Afghanistan and there should not be no excuses from our side….Look at the record of Bangladesh. Our Test record is not that good. So there is work to do regarding the structure of the team, the personality uses in the team. I have done lot of thinking and lot of thing strategizing to go forward and hope to use these things,” he concluded.