Bangladesh head coach Russel Domingo said Shakib Al Hasan’s ban will affect the visitors’ performance in the upcoming series against India.
It is the first T20I in Delhi. We all know that the international cricket council (ICC) has banned premier all-rounder Shakib al Hassan for not reporting corrupt approaches.
Bangladesh’s head coach Russel Domingo said that Shakib Al Hasan’s absence would affect his team’s performance and also added, ”There’s not much we can control. Obviously it (Shakib’s ban) affects the team’s performance but we need to be focused on the series and the World Cup (T20).”
Bangladesh’s head coach highlighted that Shakib’s unavailability will cause a selection headache for the visitors.
Domingo said, “He bats at No.3. Often, he opens the bowling, bowls first change, bowls four overs in every game, he is one of our leading batters. So you need to decide whether you replace the batsman or do you replace the bowler.”
Domingo added, “Because you can’t replace both as it is very difficult to get players who provide both skills. So you might find yourself short in some department and strengthened in one department.”
Russel Domingo also explained that the final XI will be decided after the team management assesses the condition on the match day.
“It will depend on conditions. If the pitch is flat, we will have an extra bowler and if the pitch does a little, may behave an extra batsman. It is very difficult to fill Shakib’s shoes but those available should try their best to get those numbers,” Bangladesh’s head coach said.