Bangladesh coach calls for structural change for success in Test

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Bangladesh`s head coach Russell Domingo (L) talks with captain Mominul Haque during a training session ahead of the first Test match between India and Bangladesh at Holkar Cricket Stadium in Indore on 13 November 2019. Photo: AFPHead coach Russell Domingo on Friday said that a massive structural change is needed if Bangladesh wants to be a force in Test cricket, a format in which always get them in vulnerable state, reports BSS.

Domingo said he needs to talk with the selectors and high-ups of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) so that they can plan how to improve the standard of fast bowlers.

Opener Mayank Agarwal struck a double century helping India dominate against a below-par Bangladesh at Indore Test on Friday as they end the second day of the first Test at Holkar Stadium on 493-6, stretching the lead to an imposing 343 runs.

Agarwal made 243 that guided India in a driving seat as they are staring victory inside three day considering the way hosts batted in the first inning of the Test match.

“Bangladesh’s Test record isn’t good. They have won 13 Test wins in 115 matches. It has been happening for a long time. If we want to become a serious Test team, we need to make structural changes in the team to ensure performance at home and away. I need to discuss these things with the selectors and captain, and plan a way forward,” Domingo said.

“To win Tests, you need a bowling unit. For Bangladesh to do well in away Tests, you need up to six bowlers. India, Australia, England and South Africa have done well because they can pick a group of five or six fast bowlers under any conditions, home and away,” said Domingo.

“Bangladesh’s strength has obviously been spin bowling at home but it is something that we need to develop in our game. We need to provide opportunities for fast bowlers with pitches where they can become a factor in the game, and bowl 18-20 overs a day. I think the wickets in Bangladesh at the moment don’t allow them to do this. They bowl six or seven overs in a four-day game,” he added.

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