Johannesburg - Proteas coach Russell Domingo is excited about the prospect of introducing new faces to the national set-up during their tour of Bangladesh next month.
The team will start their tour with the first of two Twenty20 internationals against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Sunday and will include three ODIs and two Tests.
“I’ve been to Bangladesh four times and this is the most excited I’ve been going there and I am looking forward to the tour because I know it is going to be tough,” Domingo said ahead of the team’s departure for the subcontinent on Monday.
Domingo said the tour would be an ideal opportunity for the likes of fast bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Chris Morris to stake a claim for places in the Proteas team.
“It is important to develop the next tier of fast bowlers, if Dale Steyn and Morne Morkel consistently playing Test cricket with Vernon Philander it doesn’t give many other guys an opportunity to get international experience,” Domingo said.
“A tour like this gives us an opportunity to develop some of those young fast bowlers - it is going to be a tough tour for them with the crowd, the weather, the nature of the wickets and the way Bangladesh is playing.”
Domingo said in the coming months a lot of focus would turn to the T20 side as they prepare for next year’s ICC World Twenty20 Championships in India.
He said Bangladesh would pose a serious threat playing at home considering their recent good form.
Bangladesh are fresh off a 2-1 series victory over India in Bangladesh and they have won five of their last six ODIs since the ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
“The seam bowling has definitely improved, they are picking four frontline seamers now and in the past it was maybe two and three spinners,” Domingo said.
“They’ve changed that mindset playing more fast bowlers and they are playing a lot more aggressive with the bat and they have Tamim Iqbal up the order, who sets the tone with the batting.
“They are obviously confident at the moment and they combined a new believe with a new set of skills which makes them a lot more effective and dangerous.”