Bangladesh Cricket Team head coach Russell Domingo has expressed his wish to beat Pakistan on their home soil in the upcoming T20I series.
South Africa-born Russell, in a media talk after a practice session for Pakistan series at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium, said,
“We know it is a big challenge for us. We want to see how we compete with the No 1 team in the world. We nearly beat India, so we want to see if we can go one better and beat Pakistan in Pakistan.”
Bangladesh recently won their first T20I against India in India. Though that couldn’t save them from losing the series 2-1, the win against India on their home soil has undoubtedly given some confidence to Bangladesh.
In T20Is, Bangladesh and Pakistan have come face to face in ten matches. Pakistan won eight while Bangladesh succeeded in two games.
Although some of the Bangladesh cricketers and Team staff have pulled out of the Pakistan tour, Russell Domingo said that he was comfortable to visit Pakistan.
Domingo said, “For me, it was easy. I have signed up to coach Bangladesh so I will continually go to monitor and develop the team. I am pretty comfortable. Looking forward to it.”
He added, “I have never been to Pakistan. I see it as a good challenge, adventure, and learning to see how cricket works in that country.”
When asked about the five members of the Bangladesh coaching staff pulling out of the Pakistan tour, Russell said that it was their decision.
Russell said, “It is their decision. It is a pity. But the game goes on. Players are the most important thing. As long as we have the players, it is the main thing,”