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‘I don’t think Domingo will take split-coaching negatively’

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  • 21 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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‘I don’t think Domingo will take split-coaching negatively’
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo (centre) chats with all-rounder Mahmudullah and wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Saturday. – BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh Team Director Khaled Mahmud believed that their head coach Russell Domingo would understand the urgency of bringing split-coaching theory into the country.

Split-coaching hasn’t been that popular in the cricketing world as among the top cricketing nations, only England have embraced such a method by appointing Brendon McCullum as their Test coach and Matthew Mott as one-day coach.

Bangladesh have recently started to think about introducing split-coaching and the thoughts only came after their continuous poor display in the T20Is and Test cricket.

The Tigers will also play a huge number of international cricket matches in the coming years which also made their cricket board think about embracing split-coaching that might give the coaches some breathing space.

“Everyone wants a break and I don’t think the coach will disagree with it. If we do anything like that (split-coaching), I don’t think Russell (Domingo) will take that negatively,” Mahmud told reporters in Mirpur on Saturday.

“It is not like we are resting Russell. It is just to see what happens if we try something new and what kind of difference it makes by trying out something new,” he added.

Mahmud, however, revealed that they are yet to talk to Domingo regarding the matter but the discussion might take place in the coming days.

Domingo and some other coaching staff - pace bowling coach Allan Donald, spin coach Rangana Herath, and trainer Nick Lee joined the national team’s practice session on Thursday after they returned to Dhaka from their respective destinations earlier this week.

The team will take part in match scenario practice sessions from today for two days before they leave for UAE to compete in the upcoming T20 Asia Cup, scheduled to start on August 27.

Surprisingly, Domingo wore a casual t-shirt while the others – players and coaching staff dressed in practice jerseys during the practice session.

Apart from that, Domingo wasn’t that much involved on the first day of the practice session which increased the speculation regarding his (Domingo) not taking the split-coaching in a welcoming manner.

It has been reported recently that Domingo might not travel to UAE for the T20 Asia Cup and the chances are also high that he might not be interested to continue with the Tigers anymore.

“(We) haven’t spoken with Russell about it (regarding split-coaching)…Because we have Russell Domingo as head coach, we appointed Sriram (Sridharan) as a technical consultant,” said Mahmud.

“The BCB will make a call where they want to fix different individuals but Russell didn’t say anything but what I know he is a very positive person and hoping to sit with him soon. But I don’t think this (split-coaching) will be a problem for him,” Mahmud added.

The final call regarding split-coaching as well as Domingo’s future are likely to be taken when the board members will meet the coaching staff and members of the selection panel during a meeting on Monday.