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Bangladesh name Russell Domingo new head coach
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Bangladesh name Russell Domingo new head coach

The Bangladesh Cricket Board have appointed Russell Domingo as the head coach of the national side for the next two years, replacing the Englishman Steve Rhodes.

Domingo will arrive in the country on Wednesday to officially begin his coaching stint with Bangladesh.

The 44-year-old's selection as the coach is one of the several changes made by Bangladesh in the aftermath of a disappointing World Cup campaign earlier in the summer.

"He has a wealth of experience and we have been very impressed with his passion and coaching philosophy," BCB president Nazmul Hassan declared.

Bangladesh were recently playing without a coach as BCB Director and former skipper Khalid Mahmud temporarily took charge during the 0-3 loss to Sri Lanka in the ODI series.

They will now head into the one-off Test against Afghanistan and the subsequent tri-nations series involving Zimbabwe with the whole coaching staff intact.

Domingo will be joined by compatriots Charl Langeveldt and Neil McKenzie who serve as the pace bowling coach and the batting coach respectively.

Former New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori was also signed by Bangladesh to offer his spin bowling expertise to the young players up to the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020.

Nazmul claimed Domingo's appointment was partially made based on his availability with respect to other candidates.

"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," he added.

Domingo, who previously worked with South Africa as the assistant coach and later the head coach from 2013 to 2017, expressed his willingness to see the Bangladesh side prosper under his leadership.

"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," he said.

“I look forward to continuing the ongoing development of current players whilst also looking towards the future and developing some new bright stars from within the talent pool of Bangladesh cricket," he added.