Domingo signs on to coach Bangladesh
Former South Africa coach netted by Bangladesh board for immediate start ahead of Test series against Afghanistan
17 August 2019, 07:45 PM AEST
The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Saturday named South Africa's Russell Domingo as the new head coach of the national team, replacing Englishman Steve Rhodes.
The 44-year-old has agreed to a two-year term with the BCB and is expected to arrive in Dhaka on Wednesday to take charge.
"He has a wealth of experience and we have been very impressed with his passion and coaching philosophy," BCB president Nazmul Hassan said.
Bangladesh were struggling to appoint a head coach ahead of hosting Afghanistan for a one-off Test in Chittagong in early September and a tri-series ODI tournament with the visitors and Zimbabwe.
The Tigers had no coach for more than a month after Bangladesh parted ways with Rhodes following the team's eighth-place finish in the league stage of the World Cup.
BCB Director and former skipper Khaled Mahmud took temporary charge during an 0-3 defeat to Sri Lanka in a three-match ODI series in late July.
Hasan said they chose Domingo ahead of other candidates because of his availability.
"We also sought a full-time coach... (Domingo) said he was very keen to work with the boys and didn't want any holiday breaks. These are the reasons why we found him suitable," he added.
Domingo, the lone candidate to face an interview for the post when he arrived in Dhaka on August 7, said he was eagerly looking ahead to his new challenge.
"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," a BCB statement quoted him as saying.
Domingo was the assistant coach of South Africa in 2011. He replaced Gary Kirsten as national team head coach of the Proteas in 2013 and remained there 2017.
He led South Africa to the semi-finals of the 2014 T20 World Cup in Bangladesh.
Domingo will have compatriots Charl Langeveldt and Neil McKenzie among his support staff.
Bangladesh last month appointed Langeveldt as the pace bowling coach and retained McKenzie as batting coach.
Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has also been appointed as new spin bowling coach up to next year's T20 World Cup in Australia.