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22 August, 2019 01:28:16 AM
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Domingo out to make Tigers real force in world cricket

New head coach amazed to see people’s passion for cricket in Bangladesh
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka
Domingo out to make Tigers 
real force in world cricket
Bangladesh cricket new head coach Russell Craig Domingo (L) speaks at his maiden press conference as new fast bowling coach Charl Langeveldt look on at the media block of Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB photo

Media persons were waiting since the morning for the first press meet of the newly-appointed coaching staff of Bangladesh, in particular, head coach Russell Craig Domingo, at the media block of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday (Wednesday).

The press meet was scheduled to start at 9:30am, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) deferred it by an hour because of a meeting of the BCB selection panel.

As Domingo arrived, along with his compatriot, Charl Langeveldt, and BCB media manager, Rabeed Imam, photo journalists began clicking their cameras till he entered the conference room.

The question-answer session began with Domingo explaining how he will work for the development of the national team and Bangladesh cricket as well. He said he will keep players not in the national side under close watch and try to give them the opportunity to play more games.

“I’ve worked at different levels of cricket from Under-15 to Under-17 to domestic cricket to international cricket. So, I think I’m very aware of how important feeder systems are. That’s where your next tier of players come from,” said Russell Domingo.

“I want to place a lot of emphasis on monitoring the players just below the national side, and when there are opportunities to play some of those players, you need to take those opportunities. And it can’t be for one or two games, you need to try and give players a little bit of a run. Young players especially, so they can find their feet in international cricket,” Domingo told the media.

“So I think the gist of the presentation was that, we’ve got a good national side but it’s important that we are evaluating the players just below the national side to sustain the success of Bangladesh cricket,” he added.

The 44-year-old coach said his first and primary goal is to make a connection with the players to understand them and build a cordial relation as much as possible.

“My immediate goal is to make some sort of connection with the players, to understand the players, build some relationships over the next week or two – I think that’s massively important,” he said.

“Try and gain the players’ trust, see how the players go about their work. It’s very much an observatory role the next couple of days, just to see how they go about their business and take some learning from that,” he said. Reminiscing on his earlier visits to Bangladesh, the coach said he was surprised to see the passion of the people for cricket -- what he  witnessed again at the airport and his first media session.

“It’s the seventh time I’ve been to Bangladesh. The first time I was here during the ICC U-19 World Cup in 2004, which was a long time ago. The thing that strikes me each time is exactly this, the number of people that are interested in Bangladesh cricket,” he opined.

“I’ve never seen this many reporters in my life. I got to the airport and there were so many cameramen, it was crazy. So the passion has always struck me about Bangladesh cricket. You always see people dressed up in Tiger suits, the supporters at the ground, there’s definitely massive support for the team. That’s probably what attracted me to this part of the world,” he added.

The former Proteas coach said he believes Bangladesh are on the right path to becoming a real force in world cricket. For their further betterment, he thinks that they have to make the right decision at the right time.

“I don’t think they’re a bad team because they lost to Sri Lanka. Touring straight after a World Cup is always going to be hard. Sri Lanka probably had a bit more to gain from it with a few players leaving. It was Lasith’s last game, Kulasekara was given a farewell, they had a bit more to prove,” he said.

“While Bangladesh players – I was watching from the outside – had just come off a long World Cup and probably needed more of a break than they did, so I wouldn’t read too much into the Sri Lankan series. The World Cup performances, I thought they played really well. They were really close to winning some of the games that they lost. You think of the game against New Zealand, maybe a missed runout cost them the game. The margins of winning and losing international games are minimal,” he told.

When asked about white and red-ball cricket, he said introduction of World Test Championship by the ICC demands more focus on red-ball skills, beside of course white-ball skills.

“So, it’ll be a good start to put a lot more focus and emphasis on red-ball skills in the next couple of months,” he concluded.

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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