Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB) - Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is happy with the presentation of Russell Domingo as a candidate of the head coach of the Bangladesh national cricket team.
The 44-year-old South African arrived in Dhaka Wednesday morning to face BCB as one of the three shortlisted candidates and will leave Bangladesh on Thursday.
He was the head coach of his country from 2013 to 2017. South Africa played semifinals of the 2014 T20 World Cup under his coaching.
“We have a shortlist of three candidates who are interested in coaching the Bangladesh national team. Russell is one of them, and we’ve talked to him today (Wednesday). His presentation was satisfactory,” Jalal Younus, the chairman of the Media and Communication Committee of BCB, told reporters at Beximco Pharmaceuticals office at Dhanmondi where the meeting was held in the evening.
“He (Domingo) is a professional coach. His presentation about Bangladesh’s future in cricket, how Bangladesh can produce better results and more was really good. He worked for a long time in South Africa. He is qualified to coach Bangladesh. But we still have two candidates. We’ll take their interviews as well. After that, we’ll come to a final call,” Jalal further said.
He also said BCB is trying hard to appoint the head coach of the national team before the home series against Afghanistan. It is up to conduct meetings with the other two candidates before Eid-ul-Adza.
Jalal refused to reveal the names of the two other candidates. But he said they have the experience of coaching international sides.
Domingo never played professional cricket. The Port Elizabeth-born coach gained his coaching qualification when he was just 22. At the age of 25, he was hired as a youth coach for Eastern Province.
During the ICC Under-19 World Cup 2004 Bangladesh, he was appointed as the coach of South Africa U-19 team. After that, his biggest success was for the domestic cricket club- Warriors franchise.
He led them in the victory of domestic one-day and Twenty20 competitions during the 2009–10 season. He was the coach of the Warriors in the Champions League Twenty20 in 2010 and 2011.
After that, he got the job of coaching South Africa A team. In 2013, he got his dream job of coaching South Africa national team after the resignation of Gary Kirsten.
BCB is searching for a coach after they parted ways with Steve Rhodes. The Englishman was the coach of Bangladesh during the World Cup 2019 in England and Wales, where Bangladesh failed to live up to the expectations. The failure in the World Cup might have prompted BCB to end their contract with Rhodes prematurely and find a new coach.
Dhaka, Aug 7 (UNB)— Bangladesh Women’s Cricket team are set to start their preparation camp for next year’s Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia from Thursday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
The team have to play a qualifying tournament in Scotland from August 31 to September 7.
The Tigresses have not played any international games this year. So with this tournament in Scotland, the team will be back to international cricket.
“The qualifying event of the next Women’s T20 World Cup will be played in Scotland. We have to play well in this tournament in order to get a place in the main World Cup in Australia,” Nazmul Abedeen Fahim, the mentor of Bangladesh women’s team, told the media on Wednesday at Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium.
“After the preparation camp in Bangladesh, we will have a 10-day practice camp in the Netherlands, where we will play four practice games as well,” Nazmul added.
Till date, Bangladesh women’s team played 58 T20 matches so far and won only 17 of them. However the team are the reigning Asian champions having won the 7th edition of the ACC Women's Asia Cup in 2018 in Malaysia.
“We don’t have quality hitters in the team who can do better in T20 cricket. Usually, we play 50-overs cricket in the domestic circuit. So it is really tough for us to find some batters who can maintain a strike-rate around 115-120,” Nazmul also said.
“But we are optimistic about a batter- Sobhana Mostari- who is yet to celebrate her 18th birthday. She has the tendency to bat in an aggressive manner. At the same time, we have Shamima Sultana and Aysha Akter who can hit for fours and sixes. But still, we have to find out more batters with more capabilities of hitting big shots,” he added.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will announce the 14-member national women’s squad soon. Nazmul said along with the experienced girls, BCB will call up young girls who have impressed in recent past in the domestic circuit and age-level cricket.
Islamabad, Aug 7 (AP/UNB) — The Pakistan Cricket Board is set to change the entire coaching staff of the national team after deciding not to renew the contracts of Mickey Arthur and Grant Flower.
The major overhaul was recommended by the PCB's cricket committee which met in Lahore last Friday and approved by board chairman Ehsan Mani on Wednesday.
"The Pakistan Cricket Board ... will be immediately undertaking a robust recruitment process after it decided not to renew the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, batting coach Grant Flower and trainer Grant Luden," the PCB said in a statement.
The cricket committee is headed by PCB managing director Wasim Khan and also includes former test captains Wasim Akram and Misbah-ul-Haq, who met with Arthur, former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and captain Sarfaraz Ahmed before recommending change in the coaching setup.
Arthur played first-class cricket in South Africa before going into coaching and taking charge of the national team from 2005-10. He became the first foreign coach of Australia's national cricket team before being replaced by Darren Lehmann in 2013.
Arthur took over as Pakistan head coach three years ago and during his tenure guided the team to the Champions Trophy title in England in 2017. However, Pakistan missed the semifinals of the Cricket World Cup last month after being edged by New Zealand on superior net run-rate through the tournament.
Former Zimbabwe batsman Flower and South Africa-born Luden, who also had worked with Bangladesh team as trainer, have been working with the Pakistan team since 2014. Mahmood, a former Pakistan all-rounder, was appointed as bowling coach in 2016.
"I want to sincerely thank Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower, Grant Luden and Azhar Mahmood for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenures with the national men's team," Mani said. "The PCB remains committed to its fans and followers and we will do our utmost to ensure that we make decisions that continue to move Pakistan cricket forward in all formats."
Dhaka, Aug 6 (UNB) — Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, one of the most popular sportspersons the country has ever produced, is close to retirement after an 18-year career frequently plagued by injuries.
Talks about his departure from cricket grew after a dismal show in the World Cup where he managed to take only one wicket. It is believed that he played the tournament with a hamstring injury.
Poor individual and team performance prompted Mashrafe’s critics to call for his retirement.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is also aware of the matter but said it is yet to finalise a plan to bid farewell to one of the best Bangladeshi cricketers of all time.
“We’re yet to get a final instruction (from the board). As far as I know (Mashrafe’s last match will be held) in the proposed tri-series,” Nizam Uddin Chowdhury, BCB’s Chief Executive Officer, told the media on Tuesday.
During the World Cup, BCB boss Nazmul Hasan also said the board is planning to organise an ODI series to set the platform for Masrhafe’s farewell. He said Mashrafe deserves a big farewell as he is one of the most celebrated cricketers of the country.
Mashrafe also joined politics recently. He contested the last national election from the ruling Awami League and won by a big margin from his constituency.
The right-arm pacer kicked off his career in 2001 against Zimbabwe in a Test match. In the same series, he got his ODI cap as well.
The 36-year-old played his last Test back in 2009 against West Indies at Kingstown. He never returned to Tests due to injuries.
Mashrafe played 36 Tests in which he took 78 wickets. In his 217 ODIs till date, he took 266 wickets.
Dhaka, Aug 6 (UNB) - Touring Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team tied with hosts England on Monday in their seventh match of the ongoing tri-nation youth ODI series. With this tie, England got out of the race for the final.
Along with Bangladesh and England, India are also playing in the event.
Bangladesh won the toss at Beckenham and opted to field first. They restricted England to 256 for seven in 50 overs.
Tanzim Hasan Sakib removed English opener Ben Charlesworth for a duck in the first over of the match. But England recovered in the second wicket stand scoring 49 runs.
The other opener and wicketkeeper-batsman, Jordan Cox, hit a ton (122). He was the most successful batsman of England.
Along with him, captain George Balderson scored 56 to propel England to a challenging score.
For Bangladesh, Rakibul Hasan bagged three wickets while Sakib took two.
In reply, Bangladesh ended on 256 for six in 50 overs and the match ended in a tie.
Bangladesh lost three wickets in 61 runs, and they looked vulnerable at that stage of the game.
But in the fourth wicket stand, Towhid Hridoy and Shahadat Hossain added 160 runs to recover the innings.
While Towhid struck a century (104*), Shahadat fell for 76. Bangladesh needed 9 runs in the last over. But they managed eight and fell short of one run.
In the first three balls, Towhid and Avishek Das scored two runs. In the last three balls, they scored six.
After seven matches in the event, Bangladesh secured 10 points to secure a place at the top of the table. Bangladesh already booked a place in the final where they will face India on August 11 at Brighton.