Want to get best out of ambitious Bangladesh team, says new coach Russell Domingo

Russell Domingo pipped Mickey Arthur and Mike Hesson to bag the Bangladesh head coach role.

Russell Domingo -- who served as Proteas’ chief coach from 2013 to 2017 -- is excited to return to international coaching after a two-year break.   -  FILE PHOTO/ REUTERS

Bangladesh, on Saturday, named former South Africa coach, Russell Domingo, as head coach for the next couple of years. The 44-year-old pipped Mickey Arthur and Mike Hesson to bag the top job. Domingo -- who served as Proteas’ chief coach from 2013 to 2017 -- is excited to return to international coaching after a two-year break.

Domingo spoke to Sportstar moments after he was named the Bangladesh head coach.

On his new assignment: It’s great to be back. Everyone wants to be part of international cricket. I was away from it for two years, connecting with family and enjoying the quiet life. I am ready to start again at the international level. Looking forward to it.

On his plans for Bangladesh cricket: They are ambitious. I need to set goals, evaluate and achieve. They are very keen to do well and be among one of the top sides of the world. It’s a big challenge for sure.

On handling pressure of working with a team from the sub-continent: It’s a great challenge and I am looking forward to some great skills and expertise. Bangladesh has got some fantastic players and there are also some young players coming up. They are all human beings, they all have concerns, but my main task would be digging the best out of them.

On whether he will recommend any changes in the support staff roles: Neil McKenzie (batting coach) and Charl Langveldt (pace bowling coach) are already part of the team. I land in Bangladesh on Tuesday and need to spend some time and see how the system works. I need to look at how things work before I make any decisions. The first few weeks will be very much about assessment and understanding where we are at the moment and what we need to work on. I have worked with Neil and Charl in the past with the South African team. They have got past experiences of coaching in sub-continent and it’s good to reconnec