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Domingo interview: Tigers new coach targets top four in ranking

  • Published at 10:32 pm August 17th, 2019
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Tigers' new head coach Russell Domingo

During the course of the long distance interview, Russell Domingo shared his views and ambitions ahead with Bangladesh cricket

Following a series of interviews with the frontrunners for the post that went vacant after the BCB mutually parted ways with Steve Rhodes in July this year, the board yesterday announced former South Africa head coach Russell Domingo as the new Bangladesh head coach. Domingo has been given charge of the team for the next two years, and at a point when the Tigers are looking for a revival. Dhaka Tribune along with another national daily reached out to the 44-year old South African for his reaction on his new job. During the course of the long distance interview, Domingo shared his views and ambitions ahead with Bangladesh cricket.

What interested you in taking the Bangladesh job?

Bangladesh definitely seem to be the team who have developed and grown the most over the past five years. Possibilities are endless with this team and combined with the passion shown by its supporters, Bangladesh can only continue to go from strength to strength.

Bangladesh are at a low point and in need of a revival, having finished eighth in the World Cup, and then lost a series in Sri Lanka. Do you see it as a challenge to start with?

World Cups are so closely contested and they certainly played better than their position in the log showed. The Sri Lanka tour was always going to be tough coming off the World Cup so I wouldn't read too much into that.

What is your ambition with Bangladesh?

I really feel that we can make our way into the top four [in the ranking] of international cricket. Learn to win away from home, whilst developing some new players that can take the team forward in the next five years.

How much have you seen of Bangladesh’s growth since 2015, the year which saw the Tigers finally realize their rich potential. You toured the country with the South Africa team back then…

Bangladesh are no longer an easy game for the top teams. I've experienced it as coach of South Africa. Formidable at home, still trying to learn to compete away from home. And that is a massive point for us going forward.

Having taken the role just now, what is your aim with immediate home series against Afghanistan and Zimbabwe?

Immediate series will be important to find out more about players, understand the culture and find ways to tweak the team to improve the performances level, small bits at a time. Focus on one tour at a time, with an eye on developing the style of play for future assignments.