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Mahmud: BCB took Rhodes decision not only for WC

  • Published at 03:06 pm July 9th, 2019
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According to Khaled Mahmud, the BCB decision was not based solely on Bangladesh’s World Cup performance, but rather his performances during the one-year long tenure with the team

The BCB director and Bangladesh team manager for the World Cup 2019, Khaled Mahmud believes the board’s decision to discontinue with head coach Steve Rhodes was not based only on the results of the team in the flagship ICC event. 

The board had also decided not to extend the contract with national pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh, spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi, and physio Thihan Chandramohan.

A high-flying Bangladesh had travelled to England for the World Cup with the vision to play at least the semi-final of the 10-nation tournament. 

However, the Tigers, despite a strong start in the tournament, eventually finished eighth in the competition.

The team returned home Sunday when news broke out about the BCB discontinuing with Rhodes upon mutual understanding. 

The former England cricketer, who took over in June 2018, was on a two-year contract that was originally set to run until the World T20I in November next year.

"The board had a review following the Pakistan match [Bangladesh's last at the World Cup] in a meeting in London. There it was decided that the BCB and Rhodes will not continue on their agreement. The separation was by mutual consent,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury had told the media Monday.

According to Mahmud, the BCB decision was not based solely on Bangladesh’s World Cup performance, but rather his performances during the one-year long tenure with the team.

“I don’t think the board’s decision was based only on World Cup results. He has worked with the team for almost a year and it might have been that the board was not satisfied with his coaching,” said Mahmud to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Monday.

Under Rhodes’ stewardship, Bangladesh played four Test series - away and home against the West Indies, at home against Zimbabwe and away to New Zealand. 

The Tigers could win only the home Test series against the Windies. 

However, the Tigers won both the ODI series against the Caribbean side, reached the final of the Asia Cup in the UAE and tasted their biggest success under Rhodes by clinching the tri-nation series in Ireland just prior to the World Cup.

Rumor is rife that Mahmud will be put in charge of the team for their tour of Sri Lanka later this month. 

Mahmud had worked as interim head coach between the time when Chandika Hathurusingha had left in November 2017 and Rhodes joined with the Tigers.

It is also understood that Bangladesh’s limited-over batting coach Neil McKenzie will be on leave during the tour of the island nation, leaving the BCB to find full time or at least interim roles over the next few weeks. 

Fielding coach Ryan Cook and analyst Shrinivas Chandrasekaran will be available for the tour of Sri Lanka.

“I am always available (for national team) and coaching is one of my professions. The board had once assigned me as the interim coach but now it is also a fact that whether I will work as an interim, and also if the board will think of me as an interim coach. We are hopeful to find a coach in due time. The board is trying to get a good coach for the team. A lot of coaches will be free after the World Cup. So there will be options available,” the former Bangladesh captain explained.     

Media reports suggest that Bangladesh for the ODI series in Sri Lanka are likely to have a few of their key members unavailable. 

Ace all-rounder Shakib al Hasan has asked for a break along with Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah, who are recovering from injuries. 

Wicketkeeper-batsman Liton Das is also likely to be absent.

But Mahmud downplayed the issue over the absentees.

“I don’t think there will be a massive change (in the squad). Mashrafe (bin Mortaza) and Mahmudullah had injuries while others are absolutely fine. It (Sri Lanka) is a very important series for us. We will have the best available team,” said Mahmud.

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