Bangladesh Cricket coach Domingo Russell reiterated that he believed Bangladesh’s players were unable to handle the strain from the outside world that had been building ever since the team lost the home series against Pakistan after the disastrous results of the previous ICC T20 World Cup. And after that, he had no control over anything. Under Domingo, Bangladesh won just 19 of 46 T20Is, but they defeated Australia and New Zealand at home by scores of 4-1 and 3-2 prior to the world championship. The victories over New Zealand and Australia on the specially designed Mirpur wicket didn’t really pay off in the championship match because they dropped all of their games in the Super 12 round and then promptly dropped their series against Pakistan, Afghanistan, the West Indies, and Zimbabwe.
“I felt we were playing good T20 cricket. After that in 2021, World Cup boys could not handle outside pressure. In the main stage we should have won against West Indies and Sri Lanka and later three leading sides of the world Australia, England, South Africa won against us convincingly and after that, we did not have any courage and later we were beaten by Pakistan at home and from that point, everything changed. The selectors changed the team while a lot of new guys came in while cricketers took a break and there was not continuity and went out of control,” said the South African. “In the main stage, we lost two matches while Shakib and Saifuddin got injured and there was a lot of tension going around and when cricketers cannot think on their own these things happen and it comes from coaching and leadership.”