Speculations over the future of Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo have surfaced since Tigers' dismal performances in their recent outings.
According to a close source of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), some are still in favor of giving the South African the benefit of doubt and thus further time to Domingo, who took up the coaching role in 2019. However, it was also known that the overall board is not satisfied with his lacklustre performance.
The upcoming three-match ODI series at home against Sri Lanka will certainly be a pivotal acid test for Domingo as there will be judgmental eyes on the 47-year-old over his imminent future as the Tigers head coach in the coming days.
However, former Bangladesh captain and board director Khaled Mahmud did back Domingo after the recent Test series defeat in Sri Lanka but did not forget to point out the fact that there has been quite a few mistakes in terms of strategic preparation and general communication of tactics, which needs to be sorted out as soon as possible.
"Obviously, any coach always wants to win and bring out the best possible outcome for his side. He [Russell Domingo] is trying but unfortunately, things are not going our way at present. But I won't say there are any lapses in training. However, I won't deny the fact that there may be some mistakes in the strategic planning and I think communication left a lot to be desired."
"I actually don't know how long he may remain at the helm here as it's the matter of the board and I don't want to comment regarding this. But as far as I have seen, Domingo works really hard and tries to motivate the boys. At times the plans get executed while sometimes it goes the other way and so, I don't want to play the blame game and it is important to look forward to the upcoming series along with the Zimbabwe tour that follows, instead of dwelling on the past. Our main objective is to win the series against Sri Lanka and we want to work to achieve that as a unit," Mahmud told the media yesterday.
Meanwhile, the former Bangladesh captain also pressed the issue of the Tigers' fielding department which remained below par in the recent past with drop catches being a regular feature of their game.
"Fielding definitely plays a huge part and if you are a bowler you have to field the rest of 40 overs other than the ten overs quota of your bowling. The team management also expected the bowlers to grab those catches as well. It certainly depends on the mental aspect as well as how much you would apply yourself in the field that becomes decisive. Despite everything, everyone is looking forward to doing well in the upcoming series," he said.
Although the Tigers have lost the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka and are supposed to be on the back foot, Khaled Mahmud did end up mentioning that Bangladesh will look to utilise the home advantage against a relatively young side.