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Tigers aim to keep focus on cricket amid controversies

  • Published at 12:23 pm October 24th, 2021
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo makes a point during training in the UAE Saturday BCB

Domingo said they need to concentrate on cricket rather than focus on other issues

Bangladesh camp are focusing on improving their performance and get off to a winning start against Sri Lanka at Sharjah Cricket Stadium when they will play their first game in the Super 12 stage Sunday.

After the win against Papua New Guinea and qualifying for the Super 12, captain Mahmudullah gave a passionate response to criticism towards the team, indicating that they were harshly criticized from "every corner" due to the Scotland defeat.

Later Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said to the media that the skipper's comment was an emotional outburst.

When the head coach was asked about the team’s environment and recent issues, 

Domingo said they need to concentrate on cricket rather than focusing on other agendas.

“My focus is on my team and make sure to prepare them for the game mentally and physically. When you play international cricket, particularly in a country like Bangladesh, where there is so much passion, when things don’t go well then there will always be criticisms. That’s part of international sport,” said Domingo during the pre-match press conference Saturday.

“All we have to focus is on our performances. How we can improve performances. So we are focusing on (Sunday's) game.” 

All the Bangladesh matches will start in the afternoon, at 2pm local time.

Bangladesh spinners might get an advantage and Domingo believes the fixture will be helpful for the Tigers as they will not have to contend the dew factor. 

“I think 2 o'clock start might suite us. It takes dew out of the equation for us as other teams are considering dew as an important factor. I think our spinners will come good in this competition. We are happy that all of our games are starting at 2 o'clock,” said Domingo.

The Tigers will be playing in Group 1 in the Super 12 where they will contest with Australia, England, West Indies, South Africa and Sri Lanka.

Considering Group 2, many think Bangladesh are in a position of advantage but Domingo believes every team in Super 12 are strong and competitive and the Tigers need to play their best cricket to beat their opponents. 

“Regarding the opposition, in the T20 World Cup any team can beat any team. Whether in this group or in other groups, every team is very competitive. Both the groups are equally tough. I don’t think there is an advantage or disadvantage,” said the South African. 

The head coach is also focusing on an improved performance from the players in the Super 12 stage as the challenge will be a lot more difficult.

“There is always a chance of improvement in every department. In batting, we have not clicked as 100% yet. We know we can do a lot of improvement there at the start or in the death overs. So we are looking for a general improvement with the batting," said Domingo.

“Pretty happy we have performed with the ball so far. Obviously we need to assess the condition as we will play in a totally different condition here compared to Oman.  That will be a big challenge for us."

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