Domingo defends home selection policy

Sports Correspondent

7 February, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo on Saturday admitted that playing more pacers in the Test in the home condition is a challenge for the hosts.

Bangladesh opted to play only one pacer in the opening Test of the two-match series against West Indies and was criticised heavily as that suggested the negative mindset of the hosts as far as developing pacers.

 “I am always one to try to get fast bowlers into the side. Very difficult on a wicket like this though,” Domingo said after the fourth day’s play. “That’s the challenge. If we look at West Indies bowling attack, they’ve got two very experienced fast bowlers in Kemar Roach and Shannon Gabriel. Maybe they got three wickets for 230 runs in this Test.

 “This wicket is very tough for fast bowling. No pace, not much bounce. We have to consider those facts when we are playing in Bangladesh,” he said.

Domingo, however, insisted that they need to play more Tests to develop as a Test-playing nation.

“We really want to focus on our Test cricket. We want to improve. We know our performance hasn’t been good away from home.

“In saying that, this team needs to play more Tests. I look at some teams that have played 16-17 Tests in the WTC and I think we have played three. So it is very difficult to get some form, consistency and style of play when you are playing three or four Tests per year. “It is a double-edged sword because the more we play, the better we will become. Hopefully, our performances can improve,” he added.

Domingo said that they didn't take a final call on Shakib Al Hasan, who is under observation for a thigh injury that he received in the second day of the Test.

Shakib did not come to bat in the second innings while he also skipped Bangladesh’s second innings bowling and fielding.

“He has got a bit of a thigh strain. He has been having treatment for the last day or two. There’ll be a decision made in the next couple of days about his availability for the next Test. “Nothing is confirmed yet. We are still giving him a little bit of time to see how it gets on,” he added.

Domingo was elated with Mominul Haque’s brilliant hundred and was happy to see the skipper leading from the front.

“He has been fantastic. He has back-to-back hundreds. In the last Test in February last year, he got a hundred against Zimbabwe in Dhaka.

He has backed it up with another good hundred today. He has set the game really well for us, so we are very pleased with the way he is playing at the moment,” he said.