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Who will replace Domingo? Hathu or Hussey!

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 28 December, 2022 12:00 AM
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Russell Domingo, Bangladesh’s Test and ODI head coach, is all set to be removed from his position before completing his full term with the Tigers which is until the ICC World Cup 2023.

The South African already left for his homeland to enjoy his vacation but according to several board sources, the chances are very slim of his return to the Bangladesh team dressing room.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board President Nazmul Hassan Papon on Monday told reporters that they are eyeing revamping the coaching structure in the coming days.

Although Nazmul insisted that Domingo possesses a good track record but if changes are required to implement their long-term plan, they are willing to do that.

“If you consider performance, Domingo has a lot of records. We started to win in our own backyard during the time of Hathurusingha but during Domingo’s tenure, we started to win outside our home while at home we have beaten New Zealand and Australia. If we take this result, it certainly has a lot of weight and we are happy with his performance,” said Nazmul.

Bangladesh recently won the ODI series against India but returned empty-handed in the two-match Test series after they were handed a 188-run defeat at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram while in the second game, the tourists earned a thrilling three-wicket win to cleanly swept away the hosts.

“We are not thinking about it (whether Domingo will stay or not) and we are not thinking of any individual,” he said.

“We are moving with a long-term plan. It is a three to four years plan and if changes are required (to implement those plans) that there will be changes.

“The amount of games we are playing certainly we need coaches and that is mainly because of the pressure and availability of coaches,’’ he said, adding that T20 Technical Consultant Sridharan Sriram might return in the shortest format set-up.

“Till the T20 World Cup Sriram was with us and he can also join us in future,” he concluded.

It was learnt that the BCB is already in talks with Sriram about whether he can make him available for the whole white-ball series against England, scheduled from March 1, though they are yet to get any response from the former Indian all-rounder, who replaced Domingo in the shorter format ahead of the last Asia Cup T20.

The BCB high-ups are not very pleased with Domingo’s way of operation as they feel he hardly has any authority over his charges in the dressing room. While his reluctance to be present in Bangladesh when there is no international game going around also played a big part against him as the think-tanks of the board feel that he hardly has enough knowledge of the depth of Bangladesh cricket.

It was also learnt that the board is eyeing to rope either former Australian batsman Mike Hussey or Sri Lankan Chandika Hathursingha to replace Domingo with the Sri Lankan being tipped as the favourite as he recently has also shown his interest to take the job again.