Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo on Monday said that they are still in doubt about opener Tamim Iqbal’s participation in the one-off Test series against Zimbabwe, starting on Wednesday in Harare.
“We are still not 100 percent sure about Tamim. There’s still a lot of doubt regarding him. I think a decision will be made in the near future,” Domingo said, adding that he’s confident of getting wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim in the match.
Tamim and Mushfiqur are currently recovering from knee and finger injuries respectively and the latter also skipped the two-day practice match against Zimbabwe.
However, Tamim, who wasn’t initially named in the practice match squad, came to bat in the second innings and made an unbeaten 18 off 30 balls although he struggled in quite a few occasions.
Domingo was overjoyed to get Shakib Al Hasan back in Test format as he claimed that he had brought attitude and energy among his teammates in the tour.
“Shakib looks really hungry to play Tests again. The thing that’s always the key with big players is their desire and attitude when they come into a Test series. It is great to have him back,” he said.
“He balances the side really well. He bats in the top six and he is a frontline bowler. He is what every international team is looking for, so it is really pleasing to have him back. He has brought really good energy and attitude on this tour as well,” he added.
“We have to be patient, disciplined and hold on to the chances which might not come around often. When they do come, we have to be mentally ready to take those chances,” said Domingo.
“I think when playing in Harare, patience is very important with bat and ball. I have been here a few times and scoring rates haven’t been very high. You have to maintain pressure for long periods of time before getting wickets.
“It’s definitely not a venue where you run through a batting line-up, or score 350 runs in a day. It is hard attritional cricket. They play smart cricket here. We will have our cut out in the next few days.”
The 46-year old South African, however, was disappointed that the groundsman didn’t allow them to have a look at the wicket of Harare Sports Club where they will start their tour campaign with the lone Test which will be followed by three ODIs and as many T20Is.
“We have been debating with the groundsman this afternoon why he isn’t allowing us to look at the pitch. So once we have had a good look at the pitch either later today or tomorrow, we will have more ideas about what sort of bowling attack we will be looking at,” Domingo added.