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Shakib’s strategic plan for Afghan Test

Published : 03 Sep 2019 07:32 PM | Updated : 30 Aug 2020 05:10 PM

Head coach Russell Domingo is comfortable with captain Shakib Al Hasan taking the charge in aspect of devising the strategy and plan alongside selectors for the one-off Test match against Afghanistan, reports BSS.

“It is very difficult to make whole sale changes as it is very difficult in first test match [for anyone else]. I am pretty much sitting back and trying to see how things plan out in the first Test match. Shakib and selectors led me to think in certain way and I am pretty much comfortable with that. I want to see how things pan out before I make my way.”

Since Shakib wants extreme spin in home track and Domingo himself isn’t sure about fast bowlers’ fitness and skill to bowl in long spell prompts the head coach to give the captain to baton to lead the way in strategic plan also.

The Afghan Test however will be Shakib’s first International match after that epic World Cup. Domingo said as a leader, the team has high expectation on Shakib.

“He is the leading all-rounder in the world so exception is very high especially he sets really high standard for himself. His performance in all formats has been fantastic hopefully he can improve that and sustain that level. Our expectation from him a as a leader and player is very high.”

Apart from Shakib, Domingo also wants to see his bowlers, specially the fast bowlers bowling in long spell, showing their fitness.

With most of the coaching staffs are South African, it is expected that they would install South Africa mentality in Bangladesh’s approach. Domingo said at the moment player’s work ethic and intensity is fantastic.

“I don’t know the training standard of previous coaches of Bangladesh look the work ethic and intensity have been fantastic in the last two weeks I have been here.

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