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Domingo confident of Bangladesh's solid show in Pakistan
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Domingo confident of Bangladesh's solid show in Pakistan

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo said his side would do well in Pakistan amid few security concerns overshadowing the tour.

Players including Mushfiqur Rahim have already opted out of the tour due to security concerns. Five members of the coaching staff including white-ball batting coach Neil McKenzie have also withdrawn from the tour.

"He is a family man like me. If he feels that's the best for his family we have to respect his decision," Domingo said on Mushfiqur’s decision of withdrawing.

Bangladesh will tour Pakistan for three T20Is, one-off ODI and two Tests in three installments.

The players will be travelling across the country in high security but Domingo was adamant the situation will strengthen the relationship between the players, instead of having a negative effect.

"I do not think it will be tough for the boys (to focus)," Domingo told reporters on Sunday.

"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 galvanise the team as well. It can get the team working together and connecting well."

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Bangladesh’s tour of Pakistan remained under jeopardy as the BCB were keen on playing T20Is in Pakistan, and Test series at a neutral venue. The ice was finally broken as Bangladesh agreed to tour Pakistan in three installments.

Bangladesh will face Pakistan in three T20Is in Lahore from January 24-27 before heading back to Rawalpindi for the first Test from February 7.

Following the conclusion of Pakistan Super League, they will visit Pakistan for a one-off ODI in Karachi on April 3 before playing in the final Test from April 5.

"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.

Domingo said he was looking forward to his first-ever experience of heading to Pakistan.

"It was easy (to take decision of going to Pakistan). I sign up to coach Bangladesh and that's what I want to do," Domingo said.

"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."