Bangladesh head coach wants better batting in the powerplay, with more balance between attack and defence
Domingo however put on a sunny disposition during the press conference, brushing aside emotionally loaded questions, and focusing mainly on the cricketing part of his job.
“I am always a fan of having a left-hander and a right-hander in the wicket,” Domingo said. “We want to have different types of batters batting at the same time, not similar types of players. We have discussed it in depth. There might not be major changes, but there might be one or two tweaks in the line-up.
But Bangladesh have struggled with their opening pair regardless of whether it is Naim, Soumya or Liton Das, for the majority of the last 12 games. Domingo said that they have to approach the powerplays with greater balance in their strokeplay.
“If you get 35-45 in the first six, it allows you to launch at the backend. 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 said.
Domingo said that Bangladesh took Scotland seriously and will take on Oman with a similar mentality too. “We didn’t take Scotland lightly. They beat Bangladesh in their last T20I encounter. There was no complacency in yesterday’s game. We have to show Oman great respect.
Domingo urged his players to embrace the pressure of playing in World Cup, even if it means there’s extra scrutiny on everything that they do on and off the field.
“There’s always massive pressure in World Cups, particularly for a cricket-loving nation like Bangladesh. Every performance is scrutinised, every mistake gets magnified, so players are under pressure. But that’s why they play for their country. They have to embrace that pressure, and hopefully it brings the best out of the boys.”
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo’s Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84