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Coach Russell Domingo said that given security concerns overshadowing the tour set to start later this month, Bangladesh would perform well in Pakistan, with several players and coaching staff refusing to make the trip.
Bangladesh will tour Pakistan, with a One-day International, three Twenty20s, and two Tests spread over three visits. In the last four years, international cricket has slowly returned to Pakistan following a terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus over Lahore in March 2009, after being suspended.
The players are likely to train in the midst of heavy security, but Domingo said the situation would strengthen the bond between them instead of hindering preparations. “I do not think it will be tough for the boys (to focus),” Domingo told reporters late Sunday as the team started preparations for the tour.
“When you are facing a bowler there is nothing else to think about except a ball or when you are bowling there is nothing else to think except landing the ball in the right area.” “It (the heavy security) can galvanize the team as well. It can get the team working together and connecting well.”
After a long discussion over security concerns, Bangladesh agreed to the Pakistan tour which almost led to the series being cancelled. The Tigers will play three T20Is in Lahore from 24-27 January before returning to Pakistan for the first Rawalpindi Test from 7-11 February.
They will play again in Karachi on April 3 and the second Test from April 5-9 to play a one-day international. “Where we go and when we go is not our decision. Obviously, it would be nice to go once and finish in three weeks but they think it’s best to do it in one-week blocks. I am fine with it,” Domingo added.
“I am looking forward going to Pakistan. I have never been there, so I am seeing a good challenge, good learning and a good adventure on how cricket works in that country.” But Domingo said he also respected the decision of players like Mushfiqur, whom he had spoken to. “He is a family man like me. If he feels that’s the best for his family, we have to respect his decision,” he said.