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There’s always going to be criticism when there’s passion: Domingo

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 24 October, 2021 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo is desperate to bring calmness in the national dressing room before they start their Super 12 campaign in the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup.

Following their defeat against Scotland, Bangladesh moved into the Super 12 on the back of successive wins against Oman and PNG that also helped them book their berth for the next edition of the tournament in Australia as the four teams qualified for the Super 12 earned automatic qualification.

By all means, it is quite relieving for the Tigers considering they won’t have to cross the T20 qualification round hurdle next year to play in the global event as it looked to be quite disgraceful for them considering their dominance in world cricket in the recent past.

The Tigers’ dressing room was expected to be in a celebrating mood after their achievement though in reality, it appeared to be a completely different case altogether.

The unexpected demotion of Mushfiqur Rahim at number eight against Oman following their loss to Scotland didn’t go well with the BCB high-ups.

If insiders are to be believed it had also left an impact on the dressing room as well considering many had raised their voice against such a move suggesting that there is no point in playing Mushfiqur and sending him at eight.

The BCB boss Nazmul Hassan Papon took a swipe at the team management and cricketers for their approach and strategy and even blamed the senior trio for their batting and strike rate after the debacle against Scotland.

However, he didn’t mention anything regarding the commitment of the senior trio rather he pointed his finger at their batting approach.

Nazmul made these kinds of sweeping remarks earlier on many occasions when the media tried to seek his observation whenever the Bangladesh team performed badly.

It looked to be another such incident like the past and was expected to be a forgotten moment after the Tigers started performing as per expectation.

However, Mahmudullah had other intentions as he hit back at his critics after they secured a berth in the Super 12 alleging them of belittling them as well as raising questions over their commitment.

Nazmul didn’t wait long to let everything cool down by keeping his observation to his own rather he hit back at Mahmudullah stating that he never questioned their commitment.

“There are two things that I didn’t understand,” Nazmul told Somoy TV on Friday (October 22). “Like he said, they feel bad when anyone questions their commitment. I don’t think anyone raised a question about their commitment... Not for once, I said anything about commitment. Secondly, he said I belittled them but I feel it’s an emotional outburst.

“I will still stick to my point that I wasn’t happy with their approach, attitude and planning in the first game,” the BCB chief added.

Nazmul’s latest observation didn’t take long to reach the dressing room though Domingo, whose contract had been extended for two years, insisted he is trying hard to make sure these things don’t disrupt the atmosphere of the dressing room.

“I am just here to focus on cricket. I can’t be too concerned about what gets said outside of the team. My focus is to prepare the team well mentally and physically for tomorrow,” Domingo told reporters when his attention was drawn regarding the atmosphere in the dressing room.

“When you’re playing international cricket, particularly in a country like Bangladesh, where there’s so much passion, when things don’t go well, there’s always going to be criticism when there’s passion. And that's a part of international sport.

“A big part of coaching and management of a team is to make sure they focus on what they can control. There’s nothing we can do about what people are writing or what people are saying,” he added.