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15 Aug 2021
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo confirmed that the team would be going into the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 with Nurul Hasan Sohan as the primary wicket-keeping option as the senior wicket-keeper batsman and former captain Mushfiqur Rahim has decided not to keep wickets in the shortest format.
"There has been a change. Initially, after speaking to Mushy [Mushfiqur Rahim], he was going to keep after the second game. But he told me he probably doesn't want to keep wickets in T20s anymore, so we have to move on," Domingo was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.
"I don't think Mushfiqur's desire to keep in this format is great anymore. We have to focus on Sohan (Nurul) and possibly let him do those duties going into the competition,” the coach added.
At the start of the series, it was decided that Sohan would keep in the first two games while in the next three games, Rahim was to keep wickets. The arrangement was made in such a manner so that the management could decide whom to go to within the upcoming World Cup.
The Bangladesh time was thrashed by New Zealand in the third T20I by 52 runs as they folded for 76, their second-lowest T20I total. The South African coach of the Bangladesh team was however not really bothered by the single loss and said that his team was simply outplayed in all sections of a game.
"We were obviously outplayed by New Zealand today. I am disappointed but that's the nature of this format and full credit to New Zealand for being much smarter and better skilled than us today," Domingo said.
Domingo further suggested that there was no problem with the team’s approach of going for runs early on instead of playing the waiting game. "I don't think there was a problem in approach in batting. We want to try to stay ahead of the run rate. Once you are behind, it gets difficult to catch up. We want to start positively. Unfortunately, we lost a few early wickets, and then we lost wickets in clusters,” he said.
The two teams will now face each other in the fourth T20I at the Sher-E-Bangla Stadium in Dhaka.