West Indies vs Bangladesh: Russell Domingo calls for more first-class matches for Bangladesh

WI vs BAN: Bangladesh recently lost the two-match Test series 0-2 at the hands of Kraigg Brathwaite’s Caribbean unit.

Bangladesh cricket team. Courtesy: Bangladesh Cricket Facebook

Bangladesh cricket team. Courtesy: Bangladesh Cricket Facebook

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  • Bangladesh have lost 15 out of their last 20 Tests
  • Bangladesh recently lost 0-2 to the West IndiesBangladesh are currently playing a 3-match ODI series against West Indies
  • Bangladesh are currently playing a 3-match ODI series against West Indies

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo reckoned that the Tigers need to play more red-ball cricket throughout the year to improve in Test cricket. Bangladesh, recently, were beaten black and blue by the West Indies in the two-match Test series.

Under Domingo, the Tigers have won only three out of 20 Tests while losing as many as 15. In the Caribbean, Anamul Haque Bijoy replaced Yasir Ali Chowdhury, who was ruled out due to injury.

Domingo clearly said that it’s tough for batter to perform in Tests if he/she hasn’t played red-ball cricket for around a year.

“I am not here to judge any of the formats that are being played in Bangladesh. The big concern is of course the number of four-day games the guys play. I think there are four-five (first-class) games a year. So Bijoy (Anamul) joined us in the Test team but hasn’t played a red-ball game for over a year. That’s difficult to do,” Domingo was quoted as saying.

“Maybe not the quality but the number of games and I think they need to play more games. Bangladesh ‘A’ tours are so important, as well as domestic four-day matches. The numbers of games are important and maybe they are not playing enough of it,” he stated.

Parking aside their dismal Test record, Bangladesh have been exceptional in the ODI format. With Domingo as their head coach, the Tigers have won 17 out of 23 ODIs.

Bangladesh once were placed on top of the points table in the World Cup Super League before being replaced by Jos Buttler’s England.

Bangladesh are currently leading the three-match ODI series in the West Indies 2-0.

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