• SA coach in line to be Bangladesh coach

    Former Proteas coach Russell Domingo is among the front-runners to be Bangladesh’s new head coach.

    Domingo coached the Proteas from 2013-17. He is currently coach of South Africa A, who will tour India later this year.

    ‘Russell presented his future plan with the Bangladesh cricket team and I will say it is quite satisfactory. His background is also good. He is a real professional. He is well qualified. He is now with the South Africa A team and he was the coach of South African national team,’ Cricfrenzy quoted Bangladesh Cricket Board media and communications committee chairman Jalal Younus as saying.

    ‘All I can say that we will appoint a coach within the three candidates. There is little possibility that we will go for another option. We will interview the rest of the coaches on our shortlist. We have two more to interview in the next few days, and then we will choose between these coaches.’

    The Bangladesh Cricket Board is hiring a full-time replacement for Englishman Steven Rhodes, whose tenure ended after the 2019 World Cup.

    ‘We can call it a mutual separation. We are implementing it from now onwards and that means he is not available with us from the tour of Sri Lanka,’ said BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury at the time.

    ‘It’s not like we are sacking him. We had a clause that stated that we can assess our respective positions after this World Cup, though he had the contract until the next T20 World Cup.’

    The Pakistan Cricket Board, meanwhile, has removed South African Mickey Arthur as head coach. Arthur previously coached the Proteas and Australia. His Pakistan tenure started in May 2016. Pakistan won the 2017 Champions Trophy in the United Kingdom under him.

    ‘I am extremely disappointed and hurt. I did my wholehearted effort to lift Pakistan cricket,’ Arthur told AFP.

    Pakistan have not retained bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, batting coach Grant Flower and trainer Grant Lunden, either.

    ‘On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Mickey, Grant, Grant and Azhar for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenures with the national men’s team. We wish them every success in their future endeavours,’ said PCB president Ehsan Mani.

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