Bangladesh cricket team haven't found much success under their current head coach Russell Domingo and the upcoming two series against Sri Lanka might well be his last assignment. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is keen to decide on his fate soon.
Domingo wasn't initially supposed to take up the role but he had been the only candidate to come to Bangladesh after Steve Rhodes was sacked after a lacklustre 2019 World Cup. But Domingo is yet to find a solution to Bangladesh's woes especially in Tests and overseas conditions. The board is clearly not satisfied with the team's performance under him. Akram Khan, the chairman of BCB's cricket operations department, said, "Of course we are not satisfied with his performance."
Both Chandika Hathurusingha and Steve Rhodes had a similarly disastrous start but redeemed themselves later and found a fair bit of success. But the case is not the same for Domingo and that is the reason why his fate hangs over the next two series- the away Test series against Sri Lanka and the home ODI series against the same opposition.
As per Akram, the BCB is not immediately taking any decision. "We have two series ahead. We will sit down and assess the performance after the series are over. We will evaluate the performances of other coaching staff as well," said Akram.
Domingo made the worst possible start as a coach as Bangladesh faced a humiliating defeat against Afghanistan in the only Test in Chattogram. Since then, Bangladesh won only one Test match and lost all the matches that were part of the Test Championship. If Bangladesh can make amends in the next Test series against Sri Lanka, it may give the South African a lifeline. Apart from a T20I win against India, Bangladesh haven't quite delivered a memorable performance under Domingo.
Akram also stated that the cricketers won't be left out of the evaluation. "We are yet to announce the central contract. We will decide on it after looking at the performances of the two series against Sri Lanka," he said.
The Mominul Haque-led side will play a two-match Test series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka that is scheduled to begin on April 21. Sri Lanka will then tour Bangladesh in mid-May to play a three-match ODI series.