Coach Domingo to be with team in Pakistan tours

Sun Online Desk

16th January, 2020 11:54:43 printer

Coach Domingo to be with team in Pakistan tours

Head coach of the Bangladesh cricket team Russell Domingo has said he is going to tour Pakistan with the Tigers this month.

He had earlier expressed the same opinion while interacting with the media. Domingo said he will be a part of the team in every phase of the series.

“I’m going to Pakistan with the team. Since the board has allowed the team, I’ve no problem to tour Pakistan,” he told UNB on Thursday evening.

The Bangladesh team will tour Pakistan three times from January to April.

While Domingo is set to tour Pakistan, at least two of the main Bangladeshi players -- Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad -- and other foreign members of the Bangladesh coaching staff are reportedly reluctant to tour Pakistan, though the board is yet to confirm it.

A source close to BCB selectors said the squad for the Pakistan series will be announced after the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) final which will take place on Friday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

After the assessment of the security situation of Pakistan, the government allowed Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to send the team to Pakistan only for a shorter period.

The BCB scheduled the tour in three different times so that the team does not need to stay in Pakistan for a longer period of time.

“We’re going to tour Pakistan as per the government’s advice to stay for a shorter period. We’re planning everything according to that advice,” BCB president Nazmul Hasan told the media recently explaining the reason behind splitting tour.

The Tigers will tour Pakistan first for a three-match T20I series in Lahore on January 24, 25 and 27. After that, Bangladesh will return home and again travel to Pakistan to play the first match of the two-match Test series, which is part of the World Test Championship. The Test will take place in Rawalpindi from February 7.

Bangladesh will travel to Pakistan for the third time in April this year to play an ODI and the second Test of the series. The ODI will take place on April 3 and the Test will commence on April 5.