Russell Domingo believes Bangladesh have all the tools to become a cricket powerhouse

Waseem Ahmed 18/08/2019
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Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo.

Newly appointed Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo believes that the team has the potential to become a ‘powerhouse’ in the world of cricket.

The former South Africa coach beat off competition from the likes of Mike Hesson and Andy Flower to land the Bangladesh job and he is excited by the project on hand with the Tigers.

“If you look around the world, Bangladesh seem to be one of the teams that has developed the most over the last five or six years,” Domingo told ESPNcricinfo in an interview.

“They have an unbelievable fan base. Having met the board, they definitely seem to have a plan. There is definitely a big interest in the future of the game, in some of the younger players coming through.

“Everything looks in place to be a real powerhouse in world cricket, and that has really excited me about Bangladesh.”

Under their previous coach Steve Rhodes, Bangladesh recently finished a disappointing eighth in the 2019 World Cup in England despite starting the campaign with much promise. Domingo, however, has seen plenty of encouraging signs from Bangladesh in the tournament and believes that the eighth-place finish will form a steep learning curve for the ODI team.

“I am excited with what I saw [of Bangladesh] in the World Cup. There were so many games when they got really close,” Domingo stated.

“You think of the game against New Zealand, it was a missed run out opportunity that made the difference in not reaching the semifinal. The margins are so small that it is about overcoming the mental obstacles.

“Now that the World Cup is done, it is time to move forward and take the learnings into the next World Cup.”

The Tigers were most recently whitewashed 0-3 in an ODI series in Sri Lanka after parting ways with Steve Rhodes but Domingo is refusing to read too much into a performance that came immediately in the aftermath of the World Cup.

“I have been there as a national coach. I was there when South Africa lost the World Cup semifinal (in 2015 against New Zealand). It took us a long time to overcome that particular defeat,” he said.

“Look, I am not reading too much into the side’s performance in Sri Lanka simply because straight after a World Cup, it is so hard to get yourselves going once again,” Domingo added.

Domingo’s first assignment with Bangladesh will be one-off four-day Test against Afghanistan at Chattogram which gets underway on September 5. The Tigers will then host a T20 tri-series also involving Zimbabwe and Afghanistan before they embark on a tour of India in November.

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Ravi Shastri calls for fresh approach from India in T20 format

Sudhir Gupta 18/08/2019
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Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri.

India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that the team needs to look at the T20 format from a ‘fresh perspective’ ahead of the World Cups in 2020 and 2021.

Shastri was on Friday retained as the India coach on a new two-year contract which runs until the 2021 T20 World Cup and the former all-rounder has outlined his targets for the team.

“There are two ICC T20 tournaments over the next two years, in 2020 and 2021,” Shastri told the Times of India in an interview.

“The Test championship cycle has begun, so that becomes top priority. We have a splendid Test side that’s stayed at the top of the rankings and needs to keep up that good work.

“In T20Is, we need to take a fresh perspective and consolidate on the fabulous talent we have.”

The India coach has called for a new approach in the T20 format for the Men in Blue and feels that the make-up of that squad could be vastly different from the current ODI setup.

“One-day cricket and T20s have vastly different identities and one cannot look at it through the mere lens of ‘white-ball cricket’,” said Shastri.

“T20 is a wholly different ballgame and that is how we are going to pursue it. At best four or maximum five cricketers from the present 50-over setup fit in a T20 perspective right now.

“We need to begin with that perspective and build on it.”

Ravi Shastri remains in the India hot seat.

Ravi Shastri remains in the India hot seat.

The 57-year-old is encouraged by the bench strength India has built over the past one year or so and believes plenty of more youngsters will be given a shot in the run up to the two T20 World Cups.

“Bench strength is everything if we’re looking at things from a long-term perspective. That constant flow of fresh, young talent has to be there. Be it Rishabh (Pant) or Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep (Yadav), Hardik (Pandya), Mayank Agarwal, Vijay Shankar – they’re there, constantly raising their hands up,” Shastri stated.

“That kind of a pool does wonders when the only objective is to ensure you don’t end up with, let’s say, any kind of deadwood.

“The same will happen as we go about building our T20 perspective. There’s quite a bit of a talent pool out there that needs constant tapping.”

Shastri is currently with the Indian team on their ongoing tour of the West Indies. Having prevailed in both the T20 and ODI clashes, India will now lock horns with the hosts in a two-match Test series beginning at Antigua on Thursday.

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Steve Smith withdrawn from second Ashes Test after showing delayed signs of concussion

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Smith was struck by a Jofra Archer bouncer on day four.

Steve Smith was ruled out of the final day of the second Ashes Test with concussion after the Australia batsman was struck in the neck by a 92mph Jofra Archer bouncer on day four.

Smith passed on and off-field concussion tests after being hit, returning to complete his innings after initially retiring hurt but looking shaken and unsteady during his brief return to the crease.

The 30-year-old was carefully assessed by medical staff through the night but reported “a bit of a headache and a feeling of grogginess” on waking.

Subsequent concussion testing showed a deterioration in Smith’s responses and he was withdrawn from the final day as a result.

All-rounder Marnus Labuschagne was approved as Test cricket’s first concussion substitute by match referee Ranjan Madugalle, meaning he is available to bat and bowl for the remainder of the game.

Smith will go for a precautionary scan on his neck and his chances of playing in next week’s third Test at Headingley appear remote given the return-to-play protocols governing head injuries.

“As part of the Cricket Australia concussion protocol, repeat concussion testing of Steve Smith was performed this morning and demonstrated some deterioration from his testing, which is consistent with the emergence of the symptoms he was reporting,” said a Cricket Australia statement.

“Cricket Australia statistics show that 30 per cent of concussions in Australian cricket are delayed.

“It is not uncommon for players to pass their tests and feel well on the day of an injury and then display symptoms 24 to 48 hours later.

“In terms of Steve’s availability for the third Test, this will be considered over the coming days but the short turnaround to the next Test is not in his favour. Steve’s fitness will be assessed on an ongoing basis.”

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