Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan has hit out at captain Mominul Haque and coach Russell Domingo over ‘intolerable’ selection and strategy following the Test series defeat to West Indies. Hassan was angered by the Tigers’ choice of Soumya Sarkar – describing the all-rounder as ‘fourth option’ to replace the injured Shakib Al Hasan – as well as the deployment of a spin-heavy bowling attack for the second Test in Dhaka.
“Recently our pacers did well in the domestic tournament. We have a number of pacers. But we didn’t play the pacers.” The Board president said. “We took five pacers, closed down any room for an all-rounder but we played only one pacer. Why did we then take these pacers? The decision-makers are the captain and the coach. We are not part of it. We will seek answers from all of them, not just the captain and the coach. My hands are tied due to the bio-secure bubble. I am totally handicapped. After a game, I am usually entering their dressing-room at this time, or sit in their team hotel. I haven’t been able to interact with them.”
“We have to know what’s happening, as it is becoming intolerable,” he added. “There’s however very little time. We cannot make a lot of tumult in this short time but the message will be given.”