Afghans will be desperate to win, says Domingo

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4 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Afghans will be desperate to win, says Domingo

Bangladesh National Cricket Team Test and T20 skipper Shakib Al Hasan bowls as his teammates look on during a training session at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattagram on Tuesday. — Rabin Chowdhury

Bangladesh National team head coach Russel Domingo said on Tuesday that they are well aware that Afghanistan will play fearless cricket as the condition will suit them.

Afghanistan, the new-kids-on-the Test area will take on the host in the one-off Test series against hosts at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium from September 5.

“Afghanistan are starting their Test match journey and they will be desperate to win,” Domingo told reporters at the ZACS on Monday.

“They will feel condition here will help them or if they play in England, Australia or New Zealand they might be tougher for them. They will be very confident of springing a few surprises,” he said.

Domingo said that he is very excited with the way his charges responded in the preparation camp and added that there will be no compromise on fitness issues.

“It has been two weeks I have been here. I have been very excited about what I have seen. Guys are trying unbelievably odds for last two weeks. Their working, attitudes, work ethics have been fantastic,” he said.

“I am really pleased. Ryan normally turns his works into energy. Charl (Langeveldt) with the expectations from the bowlers, he has been very demanding. We want to maintain the high intensity in the practice sessions and workloads that we expecting from the players. We want to make sure they fit in the storm. And I think there is an area we can improve, the bowler’s fitness level. I want them to bowl in the second and third spell with the same pace and particular area and that’s where we are working for last two weeks,” he said.

“I don’t know what you are trying to say and I do not know the training standard of previous coaches of Bangladesh but they are testing have been fantastic with the two weeks of opinion. Ryan normally turns his works into energy. Charl (Langeveldt) with the expectations from the bowlers, he has been very demanding. We want to maintain the high intensity in the practice sessions and workload that we expecting from the players. We want to make sure they fit in the storm. And I think there is an area we can improve, the bowler’s fitness level. I want them to bowl in the second and third spell with the same pace and particular area and that’s where we are working for last two weeks,” he said.

“With the fitness aspects, the fitness is always a concern, particularly for the fast bowlers. It’s non-negotiable as far as we are concern particular the fast bowlers. The best fast bowlers in the world are able to bowl 18-22 overs at the same pace in a day. I am not sure any young fast bowlers are capable of doing that. That work still in progress but there has been some good progress made in the last two weeks.

Domingo said that he is excited to guide the side in his maiden Test as Bangladesh head coach but added that he is not ready to make the calls right away as he is still observing the strength and weakness of his charges.

“Nobody plays to lose. It would be great to start with a win. We have to focus on our process we have to focus hard on being patience and bowling in partnership against Afghanistan. It’s my first Test match with Bangladesh, I want to see how the team perform in the first Test match,” said Domingo.

“That’s very difficult to come and also change the system in the format which has been off for the last couple of Test matches at home. So I am sitting back in the selection and see how things turn out in first Test match,” he said.

“Selector and Shakib thinking very much in a certain way and I want to see before I turn it a bit in my in the team,” he said adding that he has high expectations with the return of Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan in the squad.


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