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On Saturday (17th August), the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Russell Domingo as the new head coach of the Bangladesh men’s national cricket team. The former South African coach has signed a two-year contract with the BCB.
After the completion of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, Steve Rhodes left the head coach role of the Bangladesh national cricket team. In that tournament, Bangladesh finished in the eighth position.
In the recently concluded ODI series against the hosts Sri Lanka, Bangladesh featured without a head coach.
Russell Domingo has impressed BCB President with his presentation
Now, the BCB has appointed Russell Domingo as the new head coach of the national team for the next two years. Domingo is likely to land in Bangladesh on 21st August to take this charge.
The BCB President Nazmul Hasan claimed, “We have been very impressed with his passion and coaching philosophy. He has a clear idea of what is required to take the team forward.”
I am extremely excited to assist Bangladesh team – the new head coach
Meanwhile, Russell Domingo is hugely excited to coach the Bangladesh national cricket team.
Domingo said according to BCB official website, “I have followed Bangladesh’s progress with keen interest and I am extremely excited to assist the team in reaching the goals that they are capable of.
“I look forward to continuing the ongoing development of current players whilst also looking towards the future and developing some new bright stars from within the talent pool of Bangladesh cricket.”
In the latest ICC rankings, Bangladesh is ninth-ranked Test side, seventh-ranked ODI side and 10th-ranked T20I side.
Russell Domingo coached the South Africa U19 cricket team in the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2004. Later, he also assisted the South Africa A cricket team.
In 2011, Domingo became the assistant coach of the South Africa national cricket team. Later, he took the T20I coach role of that side in December 2012. In the next year, Domingo became the head coach of the South African team after Gary Kirsten left that position. Domingo continued that head coach role till 2017.
During this period, South Africa reached the semifinals in the ICC World T20 2014 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2015. South Africa performed well under his tenure.
The BCB has already changed the bowling coaches
In late July, the BCB appointed two new bowling coaches for the national team. Former South African pacer Charl Langeveldt is the new fast-bowling coach of the Bangladesh side. Meanwhile, the former New Zealand skipper and left-arm spinner Daniel Vettori is the new spin-bowling coach of this team. However, Vettori has signed a 100-day contract with the BCB as he will present during Bangladesh’s tour of India November 2019, ICC T20 World Cup 2020 etc.
Former South African cricketer Neil McKenzie has extended his contract as the white-ball batting consultant. He will stay in this role until the ICC T20 World Cup 2020.