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“Underdogs” Bangladesh aim to create history in South Africa

Bangladesh are all set to start their ODI series against South Africa from March 18.

Ahead of the series, Russell Domingo, the head coach of Bangladesh, has said that given their past in South Africa, the Tigers are underdogs in this series.

Before this series, Bangladesh took on the Proteas in 19 matches in South Africa and failed to win any of those matches in all the formats of cricket. Overall, Bangladesh played 40 international matches against South Africa and won four matches.

“South Africa have just beaten India 3-0. We will definitely come as underdogs, having no win here before. But we are confident in our one day side and playing good one day cricket for a long period of time. The players understand their roles and what it takes, so we are expecting a competitive series,” Domingo told on Wednesday.

“South Africa will definitely start as favourites. They are in their home conditions and have a tough side to beat in South Africa. They are favourites but it suites us to be underdogs, gives us an opportunity to do something special,” he added.

Bangladesh will get the service of Shakib Al Hasan in this series. The allrounder was uncertain to take part in this tour due to mental fatigue what heearlier said. The Bangladesh coach said Shakib brings balance to the team with his experience.

“He balances our team. It’s always difficult when he is not there. You are not sure whether to pick an extra bowler or an extra batter. It is great to have playe of that caliber and experience. He has been here before. His energy, attitude and work ethic has been fantastic, so good to have him here,” Domingo said.

Over the last few years, Bangladesh became a good force in ODI cricket. Bangladesh coach said the trend of doing well in ODIs would put the Tigers in a better position than the other formats.

Ahead of the series, Bangladesh’s main concern is the form of the seniors. Especially, Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib who were out of form in the last few matches. But Domingo said he doesn’t like a player being a senior or junior, he rather put the onus on everyone’s shoulder.

“For me, there are no seniors or juniors. I know you talk about that aspect but for me, they are 11 players. A lot is said about seniors and juniors and for me it is unnecessary,” the Bangladesh coach added.

Source: United News of Bangladesh