Head coach Russell Domingo said Taskin Ahmed and Anamul Haque Bijoy were unfortunate as Taskin’s exclusion from the second ODI and play Mosaddek Hossain was due to matchups and conditions.
Domingo also stated that Bijoy must wait his time because there are others ahead of him in the pecking order.
“Yes absolutely. Bijoy has done fantastically well but I like to be fair as a coach. The player that’s in the squad, must get the first chance. The player that’s coming into the squad must then wait his turn, like [Yasir Ali] Rabbi. He [Rabbi] travelled with the team for a long time and then he eventually got his turn. He’s now in the squad he’s got to wait for his opportunity because the player who’s in the squad ahead of him, should play first.
“Taskin was hugely unlucky. Just the conditions. Not difficult to figure out that any seamer who can bolw cutters and spin the bowl away from the right handers is going to be a better option. His slower deliveries are generally off-cutters coming into the right handers. Just getting the ball away from the right-hander seemed to be the better option here and that’s why we have two left-arm seamers at the moment. Taskin will play. He has been fantastic for us in this format. Just because of the conditions it’s unfortunate,” Domingo said.
Domingo has differed from captain Tamim Iqbal, who hinted that he was willing to test the bench strength but coach doubted whether conditions along with the matchups will let them make too many changes heading into the third ODI at Guyana.
Although Bangladesh has already won the series, Domingo believes the scenario will not allow for many alterations.
Bijoy, Ebadot Hossain, and Taijul Islam are the only players from the ODI team who have yet to play in the series.
“It’s tricky. I would really love to play Bijoy but that’s another right-hander in our line-up and I feel we really need to have left-handers in that particular line-up. So maybe not too many changes in the batting line-up. He is the only batsman who hasn’t played a game yet in fifty overs format but he is a right-hander and I would like to have as many left-handers as possible in the line-up. So, I wouldn’t like to tinker with that,” Domingo said a day ahead of the third and final ODI.
“The pitch conditions mean we have to plan an extra spinner, so, very difficult to play all the other fast bowlers since there is nothing in there for them at the moment. You want to play everybody but you need a balanced team suitable for those conditions. So might not be possible [to make many changes] tomorrow,” he added.