Domingo de­serves re­spect

The Star Early Edition - - SPORT - LUN­GANI ZAMA

FOR the last six months, Rus­sell Domingo must have felt like a hus­band whose mar­riage is slowly with­er­ing away.

His crick­et­ing ‘wife’ had al­ready told him at the start of the new year that she wanted to see other peo­ple, but still in­tended on go­ing with him to Lon­don, for a fi­nal fling.

Du­ti­ful Domingo went to Lon­don, hon­our­ing what was left of the vows.

Over there, even the ‘kids’ could sense that some­thing was amiss, and they be­haved er­rat­i­cally. On ar­rival back home yes­ter­day, Faf du Plessis in­formed me­dia that the team had been told that the rec­om­mended man to take over Domingo’s role was the cur­rent Eng­land bowl­ing coach.

There was no of­fi­cial up­date from Cricket South Africa (CSA). No tweet, no Face­book re­la­tion­ship sta­tus at least con­firm­ing that things with Domingo have moved from ‘its com­pli­cated’ to single.

These things may seem like mere for­mal­ity, but they mat­ter. And, the rea­son they mat­ter is be­cause they speak of re­spect for the man va­cat­ing the post.

CSA have been so kind as to re­spect the ECB, and wait for them to tie up their loose ends with the rec­om­mended one.

But, they have not both­ered with the same for Domingo.

In an age of wa­ver­ing whims, T20 flut­ters and play­ers who pick and choose from the cricket buf­fet, a touch of re­spect is never a bad thing.

You could sense from Domingo that the end was nigh, es­pe­cially dur­ing the Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy.

Af­ter their exit against In­dia, his shrug of the shoul­ders and mum­bles spoke vol­umes about his state of mind.

It’s a won­der that he even both­ered throw­ing his name into the hat, know­ing his time was up.

Given the messy way that it is all end­ing, you’d like to think the rec­om­mended one has in­sisted on a re­spect clause in his con­tract, just in case things go south in a few years.

Af­ter all, for much of his time, Domingo had pro­vided do­mes­tic – if not al­ways in­ter­na­tional – bliss. He de­serves bet­ter.

Du Plessis in­sisted that the Domingo af­fair was no dis­trac­tion, and no ex­cuse. But it can’t have helped. The Proteas leader also ex­pressed hope that the whole Proteas’ man­age­ment puz­zle wouldn’t be dis­man­tled, be­cause the team has made strides with the in­cum­bents.

Who knows what hap­pens next? These days, such up­dates pop up ca­su­ally in post­mortem press con­fer­ences, at in­ter­na­tional ar­rival lounges on a Thurs­day morn­ing.

Such is life in the fast lane.

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