Domingo’s home or Bangladesh’s redemption?
CRICDOT DESK : St. George’s Park is one of the oldest and most historic venues in South Africa. The first Test outside England and Australia was played at Port Elizabeth in 189. The Proteas played their last Test on the field in 1970 before being deported for 21 years for racism. Not only that, in 1891, South Africa played its first rugby match at St. George’s Park. This historic stadium is again the home ground of Bangladesh coach Russell Domingo. Bangladesh will play the second Test of the series here today.
Russell Domingo was born and raised in Port Elizabeth. Domingo’s home is very close to this field on the shores of the Indian Ocean. He grew up playing in this field. He also played in the junior team of Eastern Province. However, he quickly realized that being a cricketer is not his job. That is why he became interested in making cricketers.
Domingo enrolled in coaching at just 22 years old. At the age of 25, he also took charge of the Eastern Province youth team. He then became the coach of the South African national team at the age of 36. Domingo is the first ‘color’ (mixed color) coach of the South African national team. Who better to give the Bangladesh team a better idea about St. Georges Park? The reins of the Bangladesh team are now in the hands of this Protea coach.
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Bangladesh will play its first Test at this 133-year-old Test venue. The city of Domingo only says that Bangladesh is coming under its leadership, but it is not. After the Durban disaster, Domingo was given full power by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).
Because the predictions made by the two South Africans of the Bangladesh coaching staff about the pitch and condition of Durban in the previous Test have come true. The team management is well aware that the picture of the Durban Test could have been different if they had followed the advice of Russell Domingo and Alan Donald. The BCB has also sent a message in this regard.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon has already hinted that Russell Domingo is in the driving seat in Port Elizabeth. In the last Test, batting coach Jamie Siddons, team director Khaled Mahmood Sujan and two seniors were instrumental in making the decision. This time Donald is also playing an important role with Domingo.
Although St. George’s Park’s wicket is helpful in spin, bowling coach Donald has some fond memories on the field. The legendary pacer, known as ‘Sada Bidyut’, single-handedly knocked India off the field for the first time in 1992. He took 12 wickets in two innings. Donald has taken a total of 40 wickets in 6 Tests here, which is still the highest on the field. In the meantime, he also gave an idea to the media of Bangladesh about the pitch and condition of this field. Certainly Domingo and Donald gave more details to the disciples.