Saturday 24, September 2022

Domingo respites from his role of T20

Time News Desk: The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday released Russell Domingo from his role as the Twenty20 international coach just before the Asia Cup, but the South African will remain as the coach of the Test and one-day international sides.

BCB president Nazmul Hasan announced the decision at a press briefing on Monday, saying no one will be definitively playing the role of the head coach in the T20s and newly-appointed technical consultant Sridharan Sriram will look after the T20 side until the ICC T20 World Cup.

The board on Friday named former Indian all-rounder Sriram as the technical consultant for the country’s Twenty20 international side until the World Cup in Australia later this year.

‘Russell Domingo won’t be part of the T20 setup. He will be with us for ODIs and Tests,’ said Nazmul.

‘There’s no head coach [for the T20 side]. We have a batting coach, a spin coach, a fast bowling coach, and a fielding coach. We also have the captain. We also have a technical consultant for T20s. He will give the game plan,’ he said.

Domingo was appointed as Bangladesh’s head coach in August 2019, initially on a two-year contract. BCB last year extended his contract until November 2023.

In recent times, the three-time Asia Cup finalists have struggled in T20Is, suffering 13 losses in their last 15 games, prompting the Bangladesh Cricket Board to change their captain twice.

Following the debacle under Mahmudullah’s reign that started with the last edition of the ICC T20 World Cup in 2021 and ended with the Tigers’ visit to the West Indies, BCB handed the baton to Nurul Hasan for the series against Zimbabwe.

Subsequently, at the end of the series, Shakib was named as the captain for the second time in the shortest format of the game for the approaching Asia Cup and ICC T20 World to be held in the United Arab Emirates and Australia, respectively.

However, Domingo accepted the BCB’s decision to separate the roles of coaches and players, saying it was a ‘great’ idea.

‘I think it’s a great idea. It gives me a nice focus on the Test match and 50-over stuff. We have had some great results and some bad results in T20s. I don’t think it is a bad idea to make a fresh approach in T20s,’ Domingo said.

‘I am very open-minded about it. It is not my team. It is not about me. I am all for making the team better. It gives me nice clarity with the 50-over World Cup coming,’ added the South African, who will leave for South Africa today.

The Bangladesh cricket team will leave home for the Asia Cup today, where they will compete in Group B alongside Afghanistan and Sri Lanka.

The Tigers will play a tri-nation tournament in New Zealand involving the hosts and Pakistan in October before they travel to Australia for the T20 World Cup.


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