I am not here for drawn Tests: Domingo
After losing two Tests against West Indies at home, there was immense pressure on Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) even said that there would be change in coaching position and captaincy for this poor performance. In such situation, Bangladesh had drawn their last Test against Sri Lanka, outside from their home.
Although Domingo is reluctant to see this success as big. He said that draw is not massive success at all. They have to change their mind and play for win.
“It is disappointing when a drawn Test is seen as a massive success. I am not here for drawn Tests. We also don’t want to lose Tests but we should have a mental shift. Something we need to install in our team. We have to play to win, and not merely be happy with draws,” he said.
The head coach of the team also claimed that he’s knowing about the team culture gradually. He also urges to make mental shift in the team. He wants to the team to be more courageous and play for the victory.
“There’s a fear of losing Tests and that’s something that we have to come away from. We have to play to win. At the moment I feel we are playing not to lose. That mental shift will take a bit of time. Guys haven’t been successful in Tests. Until we change that mindset, we will always be okay with mediocrity. It is not something I want to be part of. We want to take the team forward and play the game to win. We have to bat first in tough conditions. We have to declare to give ourselves enough time to bowl sides out. Those are the shifts that you have to make to become a serious Test-playing nation,” he added.
He also said that they will take the field in the second Test in search for a win. He sees this as a big achievement as Bangladesh didn’t win an away series on foreign soil in past. “Absolutely we want to try to win the series. I think it’ll be a great achievement if we can. We know we have to play well throughout the five days. Sri Lanka tough side to beat, especially at home.
“We know it’s tough to win in Sri Lanka. But our focus is making sure we start the Test well and focus at one session at a time. Definitely, we have an ambition winning the series in Sri Lanka. Something we have set ourselves goal, try to win a series away from home. Something we want to achieve in the five days,” he further said.