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Domingo to keep faith in Mahmudullah as T20I skipper

  • Published at 04:37 pm January 19th, 2020
Bangladesh national cricket team head coach Russell Domingo briefs the media in Mirpur Sunday Dhaka Tribune

Cricketers of the national team regrouped at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium Sunday, to begin preparations for the Pakistan tour

Bangladesh national cricket team head coach Russell Domingo has said he is looking for continuity in the T20I squad ahead of the ICC World T20 later this year, and the process begins with the selection of Mahmudullah as captain for the upcoming T20I series against Pakistan. 

Cricketers of the national team regrouped at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium Sunday, to begin preparations for the Pakistan tour. The national team’s last assignment was the tour of India in November last year.

“I am hoping Mahmudullah leads us in the World T20. He has my full support. I thought he did a great job in India. I have enjoyed working with him. I think he is a good professional. He has respect in the dressing room. He is a world-class player. He is my captain,” Domingo told the media on the sidelines of the practice session at Mirpur.

Based on performances in the just concluded Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20, young pacer Hasan Mahmud has been included in the T20I squad. Furthermore, fresh opportunities to establish themselves in the national side for the shortest format have been given to Afif Hossain, Aminul Islam Biplob, Mahedi Hasan and Mohammad Naim Sheikh.

“It will be the first time I will be working with Hasan Mahmud. I have seen some of his performances in the matches and nets with the emerging team. It is a young group of players. It shows the depth within our system. Hopefully some of these players can make a big play to get into the World Cup squad. It is not finalized yet,” said the Tigers’ coach. 

“Inclusion in the World T20 squad depends on how they do. If a player is out of his depth, we can’t keep going with him. If a player has potential to develop, you have to run with those players. After this series, we have to keep our squad as small as possible. I think we can play with a maximum of 16 or 17 players in the next couple of series,” Domingo added.

Experiments will be a big part of the process of determining the final World T20 squad, and they will start with tactical changes in the batting order for the Pakistan tour, hinted Domingo.

 “The best players can play under any conditions, in any positions. If you send Eion Morgan to bat at No 3 or 6, he is successful either way. If you send Kane Williamson in at No 3 or 5, he will find a way to play that role. It is a great opportunity for the young players to find new strings to their bow. I am excited,” the coach added.

“If a guy like Liton [Das] has to bat at No 4 for a game or two, that’s fine. If Mithun has to bat at No 3, that’s okay. If Afif has to go from No 6 to opening, he has to learn to do those things. A guy like Soumya, who batted No 3 in India, may end up batting at No 6 in Pakistan. Riyad may bat at No 5. Afif might come up to No 3 or 4. Shanto has finished his campaign well,” the South African further said.

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