Domingo optimistic about the Bangladesh team on the New Zealand tour


Bangladesh head coach is sure that his team will play well in the ODI tour of New Zealand, starting on March 20. He admitted that 50-over cricket is Bangladesh's strongest playing format. 

"It is a great opportunity for us to do something that no Bangladeshi side has done before," Domingo said as per the Cricbuzz article.
Bangladesh reached the quarterfinals in the 2015 World Cup. They didn’t have many achievements in the 2019 World Cup but still managed to be the third-highest run-getter in the tournament.

Domingo is hopeful that Bangladesh would do well with the confidence boost with an away series win in New Zealand.
"We are all excited by it. It is my first tour to New Zealand with Bangladesh. I have been here previously with South Africa. I know it's a tough place to tour, but it is a great opportunity for some of these younger players. There's a World Cup three years away and New Zealand is one of the top sides in the world. If you want to be serious contenders in India, you have to put in big performances in a series like this."

"I think the 50-over format is our strongest format at the moment. If you look at the team's performance in the World Cup and if you look at the averages of the players, we have some good numbers in one-day cricket."

New Zealand is planning to begin the series without their experienced pair of Ross Taylor and Kane Williamson. This might work in favor of Bangladesh though the result is yet to be seen. 

"It is a bit of a boost for us, not having (Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor) in the first game in particular. But we know that new players are always keen to establish themselves, so they will be highly motivated to do well," he said as mentioned by Cricbuzz.

Domingo believes they could have the advantage by drawing out the lesser-known players, particularly the fast bowlers.
"I think we have some good young fast bowlers who are coming through that maybe New Zealand haven't seen before. They maybe weren't expecting to see. We have got some good potential, guys like Hasan Mahmud and Taskin Ahmed are bowling nicely. We are excited about some of our fast bowlers."

The New Zealand tour is golden for Bangladesh as they are reuniting with their spin bowling consultant- Daniel Vettori. Domingo embraced Vettori's insights and felt it adds the dimension they lacked in the past. "It is great to have Daniel (Vettori). He has been working with us for the last year. He has been in and out of Bangladesh. We haven't seen him for a while because of Covid but it is great to have his knowledge and experience here, not just about the venues but some of the players too. He has connected with some of our bowlers and batters. We know what an important batter Dan was for New Zealand. He has given us fresh energy and dimension that maybe we didn't have in the past."