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Domingo urges youngsters to step up

  • Published at 11:40 pm November 1st, 2019
Soumya Sarkar doing fielding drills during training in New Delhi Friday as Shafiul Islam and Al Amin Hossain look on AFP

The South African informed that it would be a good opportunity for youngsters to play well and stake a claim in the starting XI

Bangladesh cricket team head coach Russell Domingo has said it is always hard to replace premier cricketers like Shakib al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal, as they prepare to face India in the first T20I scheduled for Sunday at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.

The South African informed that the absence of such players would be a good opportunity for youngsters to play well and stake a claim in the starting XI.

Shakib was banned Tuesday by the International Cricket Council for two years, including one year of that suspended, for failing to report multiple corrupt approaches by a listed bookie.

Meanwhile, Tamim sat out the series to stay alongside his wife, who is expecting their second child.

“We have got a good group of 15 players and we are confident in each and every one of them. They [Shakib and Tamim] are obviously players who are too big to replace, with a lot of experience, but with that said, it will be a good opportunity for guys like [Mohammad] Naim, Afif [Hossain], [Mosaddek Hossain] Saikat, Soumya [Sarkar],” Domingo told the media in New Delhi Friday.

“We have got some really good players who can replace those two. Whilst it is difficult to replace those two, it does give an opportunity to the younger players to try and stake a claim in the side,” said the 45-year old.

While opening batsman Naim is yet to make his bow in the shortest format, the 20-year old did get called up for the latter part of the tri-nation T20I series at home, involving Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.

Young all-rounder Afif has played five T20Is so far, scoring his 77 runs at a brilliant strike rate of 142.59, with a highest score of 52.

Middle-order batsman Mosaddek has played 12 T20Is and scored 176 runs, at a strike rate of 107.31, while opening batsman Soumya is the most experienced among the quartet, having played 43 T20Is.

The left-handed Soumya has a strike rate of 121.95 and highest score of 51.