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Domingo backs Bangladesh to defeat spin-reliant Afghanistan
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Domingo backs Bangladesh to defeat spin-reliant Afghanistan

Russell Domingo spoke on the importance of Bangladesh adopting a patient approach in order to build pressure on the opposition ahead of the one-off Test against Afghanistan starting Thursday.

"We have to focus on our processes and on being patient. We have to build pressure against Afghanistan. If we can do those things, results will come our way," Domingo told reporters.

The solitary Test match against Afghanistan will be Domingo's first assignment as the Bangladesh head coach after he replaced Steve Rhodes following the team's catastrophic World Cup campaign.

Domingo, who previously served as South Africa's coach, said he was not rushing towards instituting any changes in the system and wanted to settle into his new coaching role.

"It is going to be my first Test for Bangladesh. I want to see how they perform. And it is difficult to make wholesale changes to a system that has worked really well for them in the last couple of Tests," he said.

"I am sitting back to see how things pan out for the first Test. The selectors and Shakib (Al Hasan) have led me to think in a certain way, and I am pretty comfortable with it before I imprint my way on to the team."

'Afghanistan spinners will definitely pose us threats'

Afghanistan were granted Test status two years ago and have since then played two matches in the longest format, managing to win one and faced defeat in the other.

They will now clash against Bangladesh in Chittagong - the venue that usually assists spinners.

Domingo warned his side's batsmen about the threat Afghanistan's potent spin attack possesses.

"We know how dangerous their bowling attack can be in limited overs cricket. Look, it is a different format but they will definitely pose us threats in the next few days," he said.

"They have some match winners in Nabi (Mohammad) and Rashid Khan. They are fantastic bowlers. We have to make sure we respect them while also looking to score some runs against them," he added.

The Test will be followed by a tri-nation T20 tournament from September 13 with Zimbabwe and hosts Bangladesh as the other participants.