Bangladesh pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh has been appointed as the Tigers’ head coach for the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series involving India and host Sri Lanka.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan informed this to the media at a press conference at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Monday.
“We mainly discussed about the squad selection. Besides that, another major issue was discussed as well. We did not have any head coach in the last series. Everyone felt that a head coach is needed as there are some issues like taking the final decision in the end. Many people thought we need someone as the head coach who can be judged as mentor and honoured by everyone. So we have decided that our head coach for the Nidahas Trophy would be Walsh. He will be our head coach for the next series. He is experienced and everyone respects him as well,” said Nazmul.
Walsh took over the Tigers’ pace bowling coach’s role on September 1, 2016, and is contracted with the BCB until the 2019 World Cup in England. Previously, Walsh worked as a selector for the West Indies Cricket Board for two years.
The Bangladesh head coach’s post has been vacant since Sri Lankan Chandika Hathurusingha resigned in November last year. After that, the BCB took the interview of renowned coaches like Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons but no one was appointed before Bangladesh’s next international fixture.
Later, Simmons took over the job of Afghanistan head coach and Pybus was appointed High Performance Director of the WICB.
Bangladesh played the ODI tri-series and two-match Test and T20I series against Sri Lanka without a head coach. Former captain and manager of the national team, Khaled Mahmud was selected as the technical director of the team. Bangladesh failed to win any of the series and performed poorly.
Meanwhile, the BCB boss informed that Mahmud is likely to take up the role of team manager once again. With that said, an official confirmation regarding this will be confirmed later.
“Mahmud will not be technical director in the upcoming series. If he goes then he will be the team manager, as usual. But we have not talked with him yet. Personally I want him to go there and take over the responsibility of team manager. Besides that, I will go to Sri Lanka and also look after the overall situation there,” Nazmul added.
The opening game of the tri-series is scheduled to be held next Tuesday in Colombo.