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Domingo hints at frustration over his charges

  • Sports Correspondent from Chattogram
  • 30 November, 2021 12:00 AM
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Domingo hints at frustration over his charges

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said on Monday that he is frustrated as his charges failed to sustain pressure on their opponents in the two-match Test series opener at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Monday.

Pakistan are in the driving seat against the hosts after the end of day four as their openers Abid Ali and Abdullah Shafique didn’t allow the hosts to make any inroads on reaching 109-0 at stumps and only needing 93 runs to win on the final day.

Bangladesh began the day’s play on 39-4 with a lead of 83 and lost overnight batter Mushfiqur Rahim for 16 in the first over.

Though Liton Das and Yasir Ali put together a 47-run partnership before the latter left the field injured neither Nurul Hasan, concussion substitute of Yasir nor Mehedy Hasan batted with any big purpose making 15 and 11 respectively while the three tail-enders couldn’t add a single run to their tally.

Bangladesh came back strongly both in batting and fielding despite being on the back foot in their first innings but hardly managed to keep the same momentum in their second innings.

“We were really good in the first two days. Most of day three was good, but we didn’t bat well in the last session yesterday. It puts us under a big pressure. It was disappointing to see. I thought we played really good Test cricket up until that point. We got a competitive score in the first innings. I thought the spinners and seamers bowled well to get us the lead. We just had a terrible last session yesterday which put us under a lot of pressure in the game,” Domingo said.

“We got ourselves in a great position but we were just not able to seal the deal. I am sure the players are also very frustrated. We seem to be making improvements in the format but they have been just making silly mistakes at crucial stages. A catch going down or playing a loose shot or bowling a bad spell and we just can’t seem to sustain for a longer period of time. It is very frustrating,” he said.

“I think we probably need to understand what to do when the moment is there. Somebody has to take that step in a high-pressure environment. We cannot wait for someone else to do it. Because we have lost so many Tests in Bangladesh’s history, the belief and the confidence to actually grab the game by the scruff of the neck isn’t quite there,” he said, adding that it is not the first time they are on the back foot in Test as he felt they lost their chances at crucial junctures in previous Test matches as well.

“I am not just frustrated with this particular Test. We should have won both Tests against the West Indies. They were 70 for three chasing nearly 400. We were chasing 220 against them, we were 70 for no wicket. We are just getting so close. I can see a massive improvement, but we are not sustaining it for longer periods of time. Maybe the competition and intensity aren’t there for a long period of time in domestic cricket. There’s definitely a shortage of sustained pressure absorption,” he said.

Domingo added that he is looking forward to making the most in his second tenure as Bangladesh Cricket Board extended his contract despite the failure in the ICC World T20.

“I have really enjoyed it. There are some massive challenges, no doubt about that. I have been involved with South Africa who have won a lot of Tests. It can be very frustrating when it seems we don’t know how to win. Test culture seems to improve. I have always believed that if your Test team is good, your white ball team will be good,” he said.

“Maybe white-ball cricket seems more important than Tests in Bangladesh. There are some exciting young players coming through but they are a long way off where they need to be as international batsmen and bowlers,” he said.

“The more crickets they play at the domestic level or A team tours, the better will be for the national side. Right now, the step up from domestic to international cricket is a massive step. It is something BCB needs to look at to make sure they impact the game and not take a long time to find their feet,” he concluded.