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Bangladesh coach Domingo laments lack of preparation before first Test
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Bangladesh coach Domingo laments lack of preparation before first Test

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo has bemoaned the peculiar scheduling of his team's Test tour of Pakistan.

Bangladesh embark on their trip to Pakistan on Wednesday for the first Test of the two-match series, which is set to begin on Friday.

The players will promptly return home following the Rawalpindi encounter in order to battle against Zimbabwe in a series comprising of three ODIs, two T20Is and a one-off Test.

The second game of the Test series against Pakistan will take place in April after a solitary ODI following the conclusion of the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

Domingo believes such a quirky fixture list, introduced due to security concerns, has hampered their preparations.

"It is not ideal. You always want to go there at least seven or eight days before a Test match," the South African told reporters in Dhaka.

Without any practice matches at their disposal, Bangladesh's Test squad is currently engaged in training sessions in Dhaka.

According to Domingo, this is not entirely appropriate for the players since he expects a pacey surface in Rawalpindi in contrast to the slow wickets in Bangladesh.

"The wickets that they are playing here don’t have much pace and bounce," he said.

"I am sure Rawalpindi might have some pace and bounce... it is going to be a big challenge for the boys."

Bangladesh's red-ball unit is mired by a spate of underwhelming performances in the format. They lost all five of their Tests in 2019 and got off to a terrible start to their World Test Championship campaign during the tour of India last year.

The batsmen's failure to cope with pace bowling, in particular, has been a recurring factor of Bangladesh's heavy defeats.

Their inefficacy away from home has caused Domingo to demand more commitment from the younger members of the line-up.

"Some of the boys know that they have to put in some big performances on the back of a poor Test series against India," he said.

"We have to show a bit more commitment with the bat, and find ways to manufacture scores even when the conditions are not good."

Bangladesh will be buoyed by Tamim Iqbal's emphatic triple ton in a Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) fixture as he recorded the highest-ever individual score for a batsman from his country.

Skipper Mominul Haque and veteran batters Mahmudullah and Liton Das have also experienced a surge in form.

The 'Tigers' would be keen on avenging their shambolic T20I series loss in Pakistan where their lackadaisical displays resulted in a 2-0 defeat for them across the three games.