Players Not Robots, Allowed Mistakes: Domingo After BCB President’s Outburst

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Players Not Robots, Allowed Mistakes: Domingo After BCB President’s OutburstBangladesh lost to Scotland by 6 runs in their opening T20 WC encounter

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan on Monday picked out the senior trio of Mahmudullah, Shakib al Hasan, and Mushfiqur Rahim for the team's batting failure in the T20 WC qualifier against Scotland.

The BCB boss, who is currently in Oman along with some of other board directors, did not shy away from taking a swipe at members of the team management for their approach and strategy against Scotland.

Bangladesh lost their opening game by six runs on a disastrous manner as their batsman failed to execute their plans in the middle.

”A team can lose but the approach should be right. The approach and the attitude were not right,” Nazmul said. ”The way our batsmen batted, that included Shakib, Mushfiqur and Mahmudullah, we lost the match there. We will not be able to chase in this format if we display such batting. Every batsmen of this team knows about this. I think their approach and strategy were not right at all,” he said.

Bangladesh decided to drop Naeem Sheikh, whom they have played in the last 16 T20Is, instead opting for Soumya Sarkar and Liton Kumar Das at the top. The move was made as the team management could not drop Soumya, who was among runs in the practice game at number three, but could not provide him the slot as Shakib was adamant to play in his favoured spot.

Nazmul insisted that he was surprised by the omission of Naeem. ”Even Akram (BCB cricket operation chairman) was saying why we dropped Naeem as we have invested in him and wanted to play him in the T20 WC,. ‘I think we should have changed the batting order as we lost two early wickets inside three overs. It was a major mistake. ‘It's not like someone will have to play at three or at four; what I feel is that the batting line up should have changed depending on the match situation. We played run-a-ball cricket and this is not acceptable in T20 cricket which we played against Scotland. But I believe our players are capable enough to play better.”

Meanwhile, hours after Nazmul spoke, Domingo met the press to tell his side of the story. “I am not here to talk about the president. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. I am not criticizing any of my players. I have full faith in them. What's outside the team, isn't important for me at the moment. My focus is very much on my team, and making sure we back them 100% tomorrow,” said Domingo.

“If it goes for four, everyone says great shot. If he gets out, everyone says it's a poor shot,” he added. “That's the nature of T20 cricket. Players have to be allowed to make decisions in the field. They are not robots. They are human beings. They will get things wrong. But we have to learn from those mistakes.

“You can never say that they (seniors) are liabilities. They are world-class players. They know that maybe they didn't play at the level that they are used to playing. They are champion cricketers for Bangladesh. I have no reason to question their capabilities.

”Just a few months ago, Riyad won us games against Australia and New Zealand. He may be a bit rusty having not played a warm-up game. But I can never question their quality. Their big performances around the corner.”

Domingo added that they must be more calculative with their powerplays as losing early wickets will only hamper their chance in the end overs.

”The average powerplay score here is between 40 and 45 so it is not that high as well. Teams seem to have struggled in the powerplays. I think wickets in hand are important. If you get 35-45 in the first six, it allows you to launch in the back end. We have to address the powerplay a bit better now. We have made a few mistakes, played shots we shouldn't have played, stopped playing those shots we should be playing. So we have to find the right balance between attack and defence in the first six overs,” he concluded.

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