Never been involved in a game where players don’t know the target: Domingo

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo has expressed his frustration with the handling of DLS and called it “not good enough” after Bangladesh went into the run chase not exactly sure of how many runs they were going after. Domingo went on to say that the second innings shouldn’t have been allowed to start until there was clarity over the revised target.

“I have never been involved in a game where players going out don’t know what the target is, or don’t know what the Duckworth Lewis (DLS) target is, or later on nobody has the idea of how many runs do we need after five overs, after six overs and so on,” Domingo said after Bangladesh’s 28-run loss in the second T20I against New Zealand.

“I don’t think the game should have started until it was finalised and there was a clear indication of what we require and what we need at certain stages, so I don’t think that was good enough this evening.”

Nine balls into Bangladesh’s innings, the match officials had to stop the play because it wasn’t clear whether the revised target was 148, 170 or 171. Initially it was notified that the target for Bangladesh was 148 in 16 overs but it was readjusted after 1.3 overs to 170 in 16 overs. Again, after 13 overs, it was revealed that the visitors needed 171 runs in 16 overs to win the game.

“They (match officials) were waiting for it (target) and I think I was explained that normally you get it one or two balls into the game. But we hadn’t received it and were waiting for it and then it got delayed further… Look no excuses but it was very frustrating for us. They were waiting for the print outs and the calculation to take place but they couldn’t delay the game longer… so yeah that’s very frustrating,” he said.

Cricbuzz understands that the changing targets led to a fair bit of frustration in the Bangladesh dressing room. The match officials have apologised to both the teams for the confusion.

Domingo was also unhappy with how the game was allowed to restart despite a bit of a drizzle going on at the McLean Park, Napier.

“I don’t think a team fields for that long in that much rain. It was slippery. The ball was wet. No excuses but it all seemed to be stacked against us this evening in terms of the conditions,” Domingo said. “I have never seen a game starting in rain when we came out for four or five overs. I don’t think the rules have changed but I was under the impression the covers don’t come off until rain stops. The first ball can’t be bowled until the rain stops. Maybe the rules have changed. I am not too sure,” he said.