The Tigers have a new line-up in the coaching staff with South African Russell Domingo appointed as head coach last week, while his fellow countryman Charl Langeveldt has been named as the pace bowling coach
Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo informed that his first target will be to build an understanding with the players ahead of the lone Test match against Afghanistan and T20I series against the Afghans and Zimbabwe.
The Tigers have a new line-up in the coaching staff with South African Domingo appointed as head coach last week, while his fellow countryman Charl Langeveldt has been named as the pace bowling coach.
Both Domingo and Langeveldt shared their views about their new stints during the first official press conference in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium after joining the national team’s fitness and conditioning camp.
“My immediate goal is to make some sort of connection with the players, to understand the players, build some relationships over the next week or two – I think that’s massively important. I will try to gain the players’ trust and will also look how the players go about their work,” Domingo said during the presser Wednesday.
Domingo admitted his challenge and said the new members of the coaching staff will adapt to the cricket culture of Bangladesh soon.
“We can’t expect Bangladesh cricket to adapt to us, we’ve got to adapt to Bangladesh cricket. And we’ve got to find a way to make our processes and our systems work with the cricket organization and with the players. So we might need to alter the way we go about things to fit in with the culture more so than the culture changing to fit in with us,” he added.
The head coach also emphasized on searching new players for the national team by monitoring the sides just below the national team, like High Performance squad or A team or age level sides.
“I have worked at a lot of different levels of cricket like in U-15 to U-17 to domestic cricket to international cricket. I think I am very aware of how important feeder systems are. That’s where your next group of players comes from. I want to place a lot of emphasis on monitoring the players just beneath the national side. And when there are opportunities to play some of those players, it can’t be for one or two games. You need to give players a little bit of a run, especially to young players so that they can find their feet in international cricket,” Domingo said.
The 44-year old South African said it’s the passion for Bangladesh cricket that attracted him to opt to become the new coach of the Tigers.
“I think it’s the seventh time I have been to Bangladesh, the first time I was here was during the U-19 World Cup in 2004, which was a long time ago. The thing that strikes me each time is exactly is the number of people that are interested in Bangladesh cricket. I’m from South Africa where, if you get to a press conference for a big game, there may be eight to nine reporters. I’ve never seen this many reporters in my life. I got to the airport and there were so many cameramen, it was crazy. So the passion has always struck me, about Bangladesh cricket. You always see people dressed up in tiger suits, the supporters at the ground, there’s definitely massive support for the team. That’s probably what attracted me to this part of the world,” Domingo concluded.