Sri Lanka missed Russell Domingo
Sri Lanka’s loss is Bangladesh’s gain. Yes, South Africa’s Russell Domingo, who has been named as Bangladesh head coach was very much on Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) radar and was one of the shortlisted candidates to replace Chandika Hathrusingha.
Speaking exclusively over telephone from South Africa, Domingo said,
“yes, I was approached and did have some sort of discussions with the SLC. They were also in contact with my agent but the process there was taking some time and in the meantime, I got this (Bangladesh) offer and I accepted it”.
Apparently, Hathrusingha’s issues with SLC are not sorted out yet, so he missed the Bangladesh bus.
Domingo is not wasting any time and within 72-hours of his appointment, he is flying to Bangladesh on Monday.
Incidentally, barring spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori from New Zealand, Bangladesh team has batting coach (Neil McKenzie) and bowling coach (Charl Langeveldt) also from South Africa.
“My work with the team will begin from Tuesday. It will be advantageous to work with the fellow South African support staff. I have worked with them all in the past, so it will be easier”.
“I have begun following Bangladesh cricket from its grass-root level and now can’t wait anymore to work with the players”, he signed off.
Domingo will soon consult the High-Performance coaches and plan the
road map ahead for the team.
It may here be noted that unlike the Indian cricket board, the BCB did not rate out the preferences or even name the coaches they interviewed, thus not to
put the unsuccessful candidates in an embarrassing situation.
SLC to host dinner party for ICC chairman
Sri Lanka Cricket (board) will host a dinner party for the ICC chairman Shashank Manohar, it is learnt here.
According to the sources in Colombo, the dinner party at the Kingsbury Hotel in Colombo will be held on 25th August, i.e. on the fourth day of the second and final Test against New Zealand.
The ICC chairman will be arriving in Sri Lanka on August 23 and will witness the 2nd Test beginning at the P. Sara Oval from August 22.
The ICC chairman has been invited by the SLC president Shammi Silva.
Earlier this month, Sri Lanka’s Hon. sports minister Harin Fernando paid a special visit to Nagpur and met him. The minister also briefed him about the cricket activities in Sri Lanka.
Both the teams-Sri Lanka and New Zealand will be invited at the party.