Bangladesh looking for new head coach

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Nizam Uddin Chowdhury. File Photo

Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Nizam Uddin Chowdhury. File Photo

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is looking for a new head coach after its ‘mutual separation’ with Steve Rhodes, reports news agency UNB.

BCB chief executive officer Nizam Uddin Chowdhury on Tuesday said they are searching for a new coach who will take charge of the national team for a longer period.

“We’re not renewing agreements with Courtney Walsh and Thilan Chandramohan, who respectively were our pace-bowling coach and team physio,” he told media.Chowdhury declined to disclose the reason behind the split with Steve Rhodes, who was supposed to remain the head coach until World T20 2020, to be held in Australia.

“We don’t want to disclose the reason as it is an internal issue. We had a long discussion with him and both parties agreed to end the agreement,” Chowdhury said.

During Steve’s 13-month stint, Tigers won three out of eight Tests, 17 out of 30 ODIs and three out of six T20Is.

Bangladesh team returned home on Sunday after playing the league stage of World Cup. They only managed to win three matches. Their next assignment is tour of Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series in July.

“We’re trying to find a new head coach before this series,” Chowdhury said, adding that if it takes time, then the BCB might hire an interim coach.

“We’ll play World T20 before the next World Cup. So, we are looking for a new coach keeping it in mind,” Chowdhury told the media.

Khaled Mahmud, former national team captain and vice-chairman of Cricket Operations of the BCB, is a leading candidate for the interim coach.

“I’m always available to take charge. I was appointed as an interim coach earlier. But this time around, I’ve to think about taking a short-term role,” he told the media on Tuesday.

“I hope we’ll find a new head coach before the next assignment.”


Source: Prothom Alo.


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