Bangladesh have appointed former South Africa team head coach Russell Domingo as their head coach on Saturday.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had been pleased with the presentation from the South African on August 7.
But what will Domingo bring to the Tigers and why did BCB choose him? Let’s have a closer look:
Russell Craig Domingo never had any experience of playing international cricket, but he did get the job of the Proteas head coach after Gary Kirsten’s tenure as head coach ended.
Domingo’s coaching career began quite early at the age of 25 when he took over the head coach role of Eastern Province, after completing a degree in sports administration and marketing.
In the next 12 years he would coach South Africa’s under-13, under-19, B team and A team before finally taking up the coaching job for the local powerhouse Warriors.
At that time, Domingo sought to improve the batting of the team and did so by bringing in Gary Kirsten for a 35 day camp.
That brought dividends as Domingo’s Warriors won two domestic trophies and six players from that team got picked into the South African national team.
In 2011Kirsten - after he had led India to a World Cup win as head coach - took over as head coach of South Africa, and brought in Domingo as his assistant.
Within a year, Domingo got promoted to head coach of the Twenty20 team.
In 2013, after the departure of Kirsten, Domingo was given the mantle of leading South Africa on all three formats as head coach.
Under him, the Proteas won eight out of 13 test series’ and he brought them back to number three from number seven.
Domingo finally left the post in 2017, making way for Ottis Gibson, who became the head coach of South Africa then.
Domingo doesn’t have any experience of coaching any team outside of South Africa; nor does he have the experience of coaching any sub-continental team, so this should be a new challenge for him.
He is known to be a very friendly and soft spoken coach with the players, but he ensures that they stick to their tasks.
One can only hope that his methods and his vision for the future can help move Bangladesh cricket move forward.