Bangladesh have appointed South African Russell Domingo as their new head coach.
The 44-year-old has agreed a two-year deal and is set to arrive in Dhaka on August 21 to take charge, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has announced.
The former Proteas coach succeeds Steve Rhodes, who Bangladesh parted company with following this summer’s World Cup.
Domingo, who was most recently in charge of South Africa A, said: “It is a massive honour to be appointed the head coach of the Bangladesh national team.
“I have followed Bangladesh’s progress with keen interest and I am extremely excited to assist the team in reaching the goals that they are capable of.”
BCB president Nazmul Hassan revealed the board picked Domingo because of his availability.
“We also sought a full-time coach… (Domingo) said he was very keen to work with the boys and didn’t want any holiday breaks. These are the reasons why we found him suitable,” Hassan said.
“He has a wealth of experience and we have been very impressed with his passion and coaching philosophy,” he added.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was forced to alter the team’s World Cup kit design after fans complained about absence of the colour red in it.
According to ESPNcricinfo, the International Cricket Council had asked the Bangladesh board to avoid using red for names and number on jerseys as that would make it difficult for viewers to read against a green backdrop.
However, after the BCB sent a few designs to the ICC, the one that was finally approved had just green and white in it and no red – which is an integral part of Bangladeshi flag. The kit was unveiled in Dhaka in Monday.
The jersey has been changed by the BCB. pic.twitter.com/Ts2Lj9Lexo— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) April 30, 2019
According to the report, BCB president Nazmul Hassan said: “After the jersey unveiling yesterday, I sat with the board directors to look at the jersey again. Someone spotted the lack of red in the jersey. We have now decided to add the red to our jersey.
“Initially, it was the ICC who told us to not have the red in our jersey. We have a separate jersey, completely red [with white lettering], for some of the other games,” he added.
The new kit has a red across the middle the jersey.
“We have usually had red and green in our jerseys over the years but there were times when we didn’t have the red,” Hassan said. “I remember it was yellow and green during the 1999 World Cup and the 2000 Asia Cup.”
Bangladesh’s World Cup camp starts on April 22 and the team will travel to the UK in early May. They are scheduled to play a tri-nation series in Ireland from May 5-17. Shakib, who is currently with Sunrisers Hyderabad, has been asked to join the camp as soon as possible.
“Our camp is starting. I have asked to send a letter to Shakib immediately to come back. Let’s see how he responds to this,” BCB president Nazmul Hassan was quoted as saying by AFP.
Shakib has played one game so far this season, going for 42 runs in 3.4 overs against Kolkata Night Riders. Shakib recently invited his personal coach Mohammad Salahuddin to India to help his World Cup preparations.
The World Cup starts from May 30 and ends on July 14 with Bangladesh’s first game against South Africa at the Oval on June 2.