Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo on Sunday expressed his frustration with repeated mistakes made by his charges against Zimbabwe that cost them an ODI series defeat to the African nation after nine years.
Bangladesh conceded defeats in both the opening two ODIs against Zimbabwe by five wickets and lost the three-match series with one match to spare.
“As the coach and management, it’s very frustrating with the mistakes they make because they seem to be making those more regularly,” Domingo told reporters in Harare. “We are trying to work on it but then under pressure players seem to make the same mistakes and that is an area of concern for us.
“In both games, they were 16 for 3 (62-3) and 40 for 4 (49-4) but then our boys just can’t deal with the pressure well enough. Too many softballs, too many balls were bowled to the wrong field and wrong options were taken.
“Boys are trying but they are not learning quickly and they are making the same mistakes over and over again. It’s a disappointing thing.
“They are trying hard but they are just not learning from their mistakes and keep making the same mistakes over and over again. Good teams and good players will punish you under these conditions which are difficult to defend and they are punished by four really good hundreds in the last two games,” he said, adding that they were never complacent while taking on the hosts.
“No complacency at all. We have been talking about how dangerous this particular side is and last year we won the series 3-0 but there were really two tight games and we won the T20Is 2-1 so complacency never came into it,” he said.
“We haven’t got any hundreds. We have got a lot of 50s and a lot of 40s but nobody batted long enough and got that big partnership,” said Domingo, adding that they need to regroup before the Asia Cup.
“Asia Cup is in two and a half weeks’ time and it’s not a long time away. A couple of important players are not here for both formats and obviously missed Shakib and Mustafizur and Liton.
“Hopefully they will be all back and fit…Although we made some improvements in our batting in the last couple of games, we still have some way to go,” he said.
“Look it just takes a little bit of momentum to get some confidence and we are still going into that competition hoping to deliver a good performance,” he concluded.