Domingo accepts Mushfiq’s absence

Staff Correspondent | Published: 23:07, Jan 19,2020


Bangladesh cricket team head coach Russell Domingo (l) speaks with all-rounder Afif Hossain during the national team’s training camp at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday. — BCB photo  

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo on Sunday said that he respected Mushfiqur Rahim and the other support stuffs’ decision of not touring Pakistan while claiming to be excited to take on a new challenge.

Mushfiq, on Thursday, told selectors that he was unwilling to tour Pakistan due to security concern and the next day the board declared that five members of the national team coaching staff – Neil McKenzie, Ryan Cook, Daniel Vettori, Mario Villavarayan and Chandrasekaran, also opted out of the series.

Domingo understood their reasoning behind not wanting to go to Pakistan but was also disheartened to embark on this mission without them.

‘I have spoken with Mushi [Mushfiq]. He is not going. It is his decision and you have to respect his decision,’ Domingo told reporters during the national team’s training session in Mirpur.

‘That’s their [coaches] decision. It’s a pity. When the game is on the players are the most important thing. As long as the players are there that’s the main thing,’ he added.

Domingo, however, said that he had no hesitation about going to Pakistan and was excited to tour Pakistan for the first time.

‘It was easy [decision of going Pakistan]. I signed up to coach Bangladesh and that’s what I want to do...I am looking forward to go to Pakistan. I have never been there. So I am seeing a good challenge,’ Domingo said.

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