Former English wicketkeeper-batsman Steve Rhodes was appointed Bangladesh head coach Thursday following a meeting with BCB president Nazmul Hasan and other high-ups of cricket’s governing body in the country
Newly appointed Bangladesh cricket team head coach Steve Rhodes informed that it did not take long for him to grab the opportunity of coaching the Tigers.
Former English wicketkeeper-batsman Steve was appointed Bangladesh head coach Thursday following a meeting with BCB president Nazmul Hasan and other high-ups of cricket’s governing body in the country.
Steve will guide the Tigers till the 2019 World Cup, and will officially begin his duty when Bangladesh tour the West Indies later this month.
“I spoke with Nizam (BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury) originally. I am proud that Gary Kirsten (BCB advisor), a very respected cricketing figure, has also put my name forward. The temptation straight away was to say yes, of course. It didn’t take long at all to show my interest to coach this wonderful country,” said Steve to the media Thursday in Dhaka following his appointment.
“I just want to tell everybody how proud I am to be involved with Bangladesh cricket. It is a wonderful cricket nation. The support that the Bangladesh team gets is tremendous. Sometimes the support can bubble over into disappointment. Personally, to be involved in a major role of being given a responsibility by the board, is a fantastic honour. It is a privilege to be involved with Bangladesh cricket,” the English coach added.
Steve represented England from 1989 till 1995 and played 11 Test matches and nine ODIs. In the domestic circuit, the former stumper-batsman played 440 first-class matches and 477 List A games.
The former cricketer previously worked with Worcestershire County Cricket Club from 2006 to 2017 as a coach and team director. Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan during his stint with the county in 2010 had played under Steve.
Steve said he is looking forward to use his vast experience in English cricket when he begins his job as Bangladesh head coach.
“I am very lucky to be involved in some of England’s preparations, which include their tour to Bangladesh in 2016. I have had a flavour of international coaching. There’s not a lot of difference in how you go about your coaching, but obviously the international programme is quite heavy. Trying to keep the boys up for the game isn’t easy to do. Ultimately, I feel as though I am qualified now. You can see I have grey hair, which tends to mean you’ve gone through hard times. Hopefully my experience will be of real value to the Bangladesh team,” said the 53-year old.
“I just told the president and board members that Bangladesh did well in the Champions Trophy in England (in 2017). They’ve proved they can play well in English conditions. To get to a semi-final in that competition was a marvelous effort by Bangladesh. If we can get to that stage or even further, I am now thinking along the lines of what a dream would be to see Bangladesh lined up for the final. It would be a fantastic occasion,” Steve explained.
“I don’t see it as a major problem at all (coaching in three formats). I know that Gary had initially thought along those lines. Lots of coaches do all formats. I am a very hard working person so I think I will have enough energy to cover all three formats well,” he concluded.