Bangladesh won’t be intimidated by Australia- Domingo
Bangladesh’s head coach, Russell Domingo, has stated that the presence of Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazelwood in the opposition ranks will not terrify his squad in the upcoming five-match T20I series against Australia, which begins on August 3 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium.
Bangladesh and Australia have Started Preparing for the Event.
After completing their necessary three-day room quarantine in the hotel, Bangladesh and Australia began their preparations at the SBNS.
“Mitchell Starc and Hazlewood are quality bowlers and we have looked at some of their footage. But at the end of the day, you will play the ball not the man. End of the day they are humans and will bowl some bad balls. We got to play with a clear mind and absolute clarity that we have got to put away the bad balls,” Domingo said.
“We know that Australia has a rich history of cricket but the history that has been created by the group of Australians are not here at the moment. For us to compete and win the series we have to be at the top of our game. As a coach, I am confident that we can push Australia and beat them here if we can do the basics really well. I don’t think psychologically it’s a massive issue,” he said.
Bangladesh has only played Australia in a T20I at home once, in a T20 World Cup match in 2014, when they were defeated by seven wickets. This will also be Bangladesh’s first bilateral T20I series versus Australia; their previous four meetings were all in T20 World Cups, with Bangladesh losing all four games.
“I don’t know how many series Bangladesh have played against Australia before. Speaking to these boys not many of them played a proper series against them. We are coming here wanting to win the series and there is no doubt about it, and we are not coming up just to compete. We want to make sure we give Australia a good go and at the end of the day we are going to try and win the series,” he said.
Surprised with the way Cricket Australia handled the Mushfiqur Rahim issue
Domingo also expressed surprise at Cricket Australia’s handling of the Mushfiqur Rahim situation. Cricket Australia and BCB have agreed to a comprehensive pandemic plan, which included a 10-day quarantine. Rahim chose to skip the Zimbabwe series to be with his parents, and as a result, he was unable to participate in the quarantine.
“I can’t understand the stringent rules Australia placed on Mushfiqur’s bubble. I think 10 days would have surely been enough. It’s very disappointing the way they went about it,” said Domingo, adding that his absence will provide a big opportunity to the youngsters.
“Trying to find out our best combination and playing against Australia will give us that opportunity. There are two ways to look at it. Trying to find out our best combination and keep developing some of the younger players. Secondly, Bangladesh doesn’t play Australia too often. So this is a big series for us and we are really determined to do well in it,” said Domingo.
“But look, we want to play against the best team in the world and it’s an opportunity for one or two younger players or fringe players to come and play, and I am sure they are capable of it. No Mushfiqur is surely a loss for us but we have got a big squad and some quality players to replace him.
“We know we have to improve and that’s obvious but there is a process and we haven’t played many T20 over the last one year. The T20 series against New Zealand was disappointing but we played really well against Zimbabwe and we are confident that we can get some positives going into the series,” Domingo said.
‘Despite the two usual openers, I’m not losing any sleep’.
Even though two usual openers, Tamim Iqbal and Liton Das, are set to miss the series, the coach stated he isn’t losing sleep. Because Soumya Sarkar is out with an injury, he indicated Shakib Al Hasan may play at the top of the lineup, partnering with Naim Sheikh.
“Firstly there is no major injury concern. Soumya Sarkar is recovering from a mild strain that is carrying from Zimbabwe but I am pretty confident that he will be fit,” said Domingo. “We have got a long batting order. Obviously, Shakib is there and he could move into the opening spot while Mithun is a middle-order batsman and he can bat at the top as well.”