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Domingo determined despite failed experiments

  • Published at 08:51 pm January 25th, 2020
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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal bats during their second T20I against Pakistan in Lahore on Saturday BCB

Tigers head coach Russell Domingo though was bold in his explanation and did not shy out from backing those decisions

Prior to their tour of Pakistan, Bangladesh had hinted of experiments in their playing XI, keeping the upcoming World T20I in mind.  

With the global event in Australia taking place later this year, the Tigers were mulling unearthing fresh talents for a few places in the side that went vacant in the absence of some established cricketers.

However, after losing the first two Twenty20 internationals against Pakistan, majority of the supporters are questioning the stance taken by the Bangladesh team management.

The latest experiments were carried out in the batting line-up Saturday in the second and penultimate T20I as Bangladesh conceded the series after losing by nine wickets to host Pakistan.

Be it opening batsman Tamim Iqbal undertaking a slow approach, a proven top-order batsman like Soumya Sarkar batting at No 7 or spinning-allrounder Mahedi Hasan coming out to bat at No 3, the decisions did not go down well with the cricket enthusiasts.

Tigers head coach Russell Domingo though was bold in his explanation and did not shy out from backing those decisions.

“Soumya had lots of opportunities to bat up the order and I think he is a fantastic player. We are trying to find guys who can hit the ball out of the ground at the back end of the innings which Bangladesh always seem to be short of. Some power hitters at the back end. So we are just trying one or two things,” said Domingo following the second T20I in Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.

“Liton [Das] normally opens the batting but he batted at No 4 here, probably out of his position. Soumya opens the batting but we have got a list of opening batters. Looking at different combinations, looking if they can work on those roles. A guy like Soumya is a fantastic batter and we wanted to see if he can bat in the back end of the innings,” Domingo added.

The Tigers have been hit hard following the absences of leading cricketers in the shape of Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib al Hasan and Saifuddin due to different reasons.

Domingo, while admitting these facts, said it is a great opportunity for the other guys to stake a place for themselves in the starting XI.

“We are probably missing three of our first choice players in Saifuddin with the new ball and batting at No 8. Shakib is not there, you think of Mushfiq but it is a great opportunity for these younger players. You have try and test the depth because those players are not going to be there forever. A guy like [Mohammad] Naim showed in the first game

“He also showed against India couple of weeks ago. He showed good potential to become a good international batter. If you had those players in you might not have unearthed players like these. Whilst the result has not been great it has been great for all of us and especially for the young players to see how far they still need to go to get to the likes of Babar Azam and Shoaib Malik and [Mohammad] Hafeez,” former South Africa coach Domingo added.