April 15, 2021


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Russell Domingo in terms of success and failure

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed South African coach Russell Domingo as the head coach of the Bangladesh national team after the ODI World Cup. Although he did not play in the national team, he is quite experienced as a coach. In his 25-year coaching career, he has worked in all formats of the South African national team. He has become the head coach of the national team after taking charge of the High Performance Unit (HP) of Bangladesh. Domingo was recruited by the BCB with plans for the upcoming T20 and 2023 World Cups.

Bangladesh cricket coach Russell Domingo walks over the field as the match delays due to rain during the final Twenty20 international match of a tri-nation series between Afghanistan and Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka on September 24, 2019. (Photo by MUNIR UZ ZAMAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Russell Domingo’s debut in Bangladesh was not good. For the first time in his coaching career, Bangladesh lost the only Test against Afghanistan by 224 runs. After such a rate with a newcomer team only getting Test status, questions started to arise about his coaching. After that, Bangladesh lost to Afghanistan in a tri-nation series between Zimbabwe, Afghanistan and Bangladesh. However, despite losing, Bangladesh reached the final. But that match was abandoned due to rain.

After that, Bangladesh won the first T20 match by visiting India in November 2019. But the Tigers lost the next two series. In the same tour, Mominul Haque lost the two-match Test series against India by an innings. Domingo’s side also lost by an innings to India in the first day-night Test of the service.

Although the Tigers took charge at the end of the year, the Proteas did not have a good time. He hoped to turn around next year. But two of the three-match T20 series on Pakistani soil were lost and one was abandoned. The red-green representatives returned home empty-handed after losing the only Test of the same tour.

The BCB organized a series with Zimbabwe at home to boost the morale of the cricketers who have lost confidence one after another. Domingo must have been happy with the service. Bangladesh have won one Test, three ODIs and two T20Is. After that, however, after the outbreak of the coronavirus, all forms of cricket were stopped and Bangladesh could not play any more series for the whole year.

The Tigers ended a great one-day series against the West Indies at home this year, overcoming the Corona outbreak. Despite being embarrassed by the Caribbean’s whitewash throughout the series, the Tigers seem to have lost their temper in the Test series. The hosts lost both the matches in Chittagong and Dhaka. Domingo is quite experienced in Test coaching. Under his leadership, the Proteas have improved in Test cricket. But after coming to Bangladesh, one failure after another became his companion.

Bangladesh is always good at home. At least at the end of each series, the Tigers get something. But the record of receipt in performance judgment on foreign soil is zero. Bangladesh returned to the country after being whitewashed in the last ODI and T20 series in New Zealand. As a result, the BCBO wants to take stock of Russell Domingo before the World Cup. The board has already monitored him. If such failure continues, he may lose his job.