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We want to play on good pitches ahead of T20 World Cup: Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo

By Bet Barter

August 1, 2021

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo has called for good pitches for the five-match T20I series against Australia. This is a huge series for Bangladesh and also the start of the preparations for them in terms of finalising the combinations for the T20 World Cup. For the same reason, Domingo wants matches to be played on good pitches and not square turners to attain series win over Australia.

Domingo is also hoping for the venue, Shere Bangla National Stadium, to not overwhelmingly favour spin in the series. He reckons playing on good pitches in this series will help them in the T20 World Cup where the pitches will be similar. However, Domingo also didn't rule out the possibility of ball spinning later in the series with all matches set to be played at the same venue.

"We want to play on good wickets because that's what you're going to be facing when playing World Cups away from home. So, I don't expect the wicket to be a major factor in the series. I don't think it's going to spin that much. We're just going to get a pretty good T20 wicket, a traditional Dhaka wicket, I suppose.

"Probably, later on [it might spin more] because we're playing so many back-to-back games, but we can't preempt it. [That said] nobody knows what the wicket is going to be like until we start playing on it," he said according to ESPNCricinfo.

Bangladesh will miss their veteran wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim, Liton Das and opener Tamim Iqbal in this series for different reasons. Moreover, the opener and all-rounder Soumya Sarkar is also suffering from mild strain but the coach Domingo is hopeful of him recovering for the first T20I. "Soumya Sarkar is recovering from a mild strain that happened in Zimbabwe; we're very confident he'll be fit," he added.