Domingo for widening players' base, trying to develop them
Published : Sunday, 18 August, 2019 at 1:13 PM Count : 330
Newly appointed Bangladesh national cricket head coach Russell Domingo has said he want to widen the base of players and try to develop them so that Bangladesh cricket can move forward over the next five or six years.
"We need to widen the base of players and try to develop players that can take Bangladesh cricket forward over the next five or six years," he said this with an interview with ESPNcricinfo.
While interviewing, the South Africa's former coach said, "Bangladesh have some fantastic players but it is good to have some young options coming into the system and creating some pressure on the senior players. Also, providing them with the odd opportunity to play international cricket, because ultimately that's where you need them."
To that end, Domingo said that he would have to be in touch with the high performance coach and manager to know which players are coming through the system and into the elite levels of training.
"I really think it is important to work with the high performance coach and manager, to figure out who the next best players are.
Bangladesh's World Cup 2019 was a disappointing one after having promised much, but Domingo said that his experience as South Africa coach, when they lost a thriller against New Zealand in the semifinal in 2015, gave him an understanding of how to move on from such events.
"I have been there as a national coach. I was there when South Africa lost the World Cup semifinal. It took us a long time to overcome that particular … [defeat]. Look, I am not reading too much into the side's performance in Sri Lanka simply because straight after a World Cup, it is so hard to get yourselves going once again.
"I am excited with what I saw [of Bangladesh] in the World Cup. There were so many games when they got really close. You think of the game against New Zealand, it was a missed run out opportunity that made the difference in not reaching the semifinal. The margins are so small that it is about overcoming the mental obstacles. Now that the World Cup is done, it is time to move forward and take the learnings into the next World Cup."
Domingo said, "I think the head coach is the guy who carries the responsibility in a professional team. It is part of professional sports that when you lose one or two games, you will be under pressure."
"You have to find ways of dealing with it. It is no different in South Africa. We have also lost a few coaches. Pakistan have lost coaches. So it happens all around the world and it is something you have to deal with, as a coach," he said.
"Neil McKenzie (Bangladesh batting coach) is a fantastic guy. I am coming on Tuesday, and I will get an idea about the rest of the management, and try to see if there's any gaps to fill. At the moment, I am ecstatic to be joining the three guys," Domingo said.
Domingo first series in charge will come next month, when Bangladesh take on Afghanistan.
"If you look around the world, Bangladesh seem to be one of the teams that has developed the most over the last five or six years," he said.
"They have an unbelievable fan base. Having met the board, they definitely seem to have a plan. There is definitely a big interest in the future of the game, in some of the younger players coming through."
"Everything looks in place to be a real powerhouse in world cricket, and that has really excited me about Bangladesh," he added.