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Cricket news - Domingo shouldn't be made scapegoat - Khaled Mahmud

Bangladesh lost the Test series in Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh lost the Test series in Sri Lanka.

Khaled Mahmud, Bangladesh Team Leader and former captain, feels that making Head Coach Russell Domingo a scapegoat for the failure of the national team wouldn't be wise. The Asian nation has struggled to make a mark on the international scene since returning from the Covid-19 break. Bangladesh lost the Test series to a second string West Indies side and that was followed by a lackluster show in New Zealand as well.

With Bangladesh hurtling to some heavy defeats in the recent past, Domingo, the head coach, came under scrutiny. They suffered three successive series losses on the trot across formats in the last few months that prompted the board to appoint their Game Development chairman Khaled Mahmud as the head of delegation for the Sri Lanka tour.

Though Bangladesh managed to earn a draw in the opening Test against Sri Lanka in Pallekelle, they lost the series eventually after getting thrashed by the hosts in the second Test. BCB had several reasons to make Mahmud the team leader for the series and one of the major reasons behind this appointment was to observe how Domingo performs inside the dressing room considering the BCB higher-ups were not impressed with him.

"We should not make Russell a 'scapegoat','' Mahmud told Cricbuzz on Wednesday (May 5) before submitting his report to the board.

"We should not make the coach fully responsible for any good and bad. He was also a coach of a big team. There was no blunder in his effort, perhaps he was unlucky. It happens many times. It is too early to say anything now. I just worked with him in a series and all I can say is that he is trying," he added.

Mahmud, who has performed various roles in Bangladesh cricket over the years, pointed out that Domingo can perhaps work on his communication skills. "We need to explain to the boys about our planning and later we have to tell them constantly what needs to be done and Domingo needs to understand it," said Mahmud.

''He (Domingo) is not working in South Africa. In Bangladesh, things work differently and our boys need to be reminded about their responsibility from the dressing room time and again and our cricket culture. In other top cricketing nations that is not how it operates as cricketers are expected to fulfill their responsibility and act accordingly without telling them now and then that this needs to be done or that needs to be done. I've tried to convey this message and I've talked about it. It takes time to build a relationship. But I have tried to explain what I know about Bangladesh cricket," he added.

Mahmud also rubbished suggestions that the board might cut-short Domingo's tenure following Bangladesh's recent poor run. "I don't think there is any such discussion (sacking Domingo). We have to understand that you can't hire a coach just by wishing it as there are lot things that needs to be taken into consideration," said Mahmud.

"We have to understand that coaches are not solely responsible for failure or success because eventually, the cricketers have to play and one thing we must understand is that no point in blaming the coach alone rather we have to make a plan and implement it so that we can take the game forward."

Mahmud also observed that the Test squad will have to remodel their practice schedule in order to earn success in the longer format as some of the players are not used to the Test rigours due to their lack of interest in first-class cricket apart from their busy international schedule.

"It's true they mentally and physically fatigued and it is understandable because they are not used to take such kind of loads considering they are not playing first-class cricket regularly," he said. "I think we have to remodel our practice for the longer formats as I feel the preparation of the Test team is important. Our fast bowlers don't have the habit of bowling for longer periods, something that they should have developed through playing first-class cricket regularly. I think the Test team members need to practice from morning till evening like the way they play Tests. It is very important to develop this habit."

Domingo, on his arrival from Sri Lanka on Tuesday, said that he is not losing sleep over the speculation surrounding his future.

''Not really," Domingo told reporters when he asked if he was concerned about his future. "I'm enjoying working with the players. I'm enjoying the set-up. There's of course work to be done. I think it's important to try and look at the state of domestic cricket and the facilities the cricketers enjoy when we're not here as well. Of course, there have been tough results. But I have started to connect with the team well and I am confident going forward.

"There will always be question marks when you lose series at home. We have to deal with them and make sure we prepare well before the series against Sri Lanka. It's important to learn from the past and focus on the future,'' he added.

Meanwhile, BCB officials said on Wednesday that pace bowling coach Ottis Gibson will not be available for the upcoming three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka as he returned to England on leave straight from Sri Lanka.

"Gibson will not be available as he will be on leave during the ODI series against Sri Lanka," BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz. "We are expecting him to be available ahead of the tour of Zimbabwe (in June)."