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Decision on coaching staff to be made soon

  • Published at 05:06 pm July 7th, 2019
Bangladesh bowling coach Courtney Walsh Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

BCB director and former Bangladesh captain Akram khan said, they can’t say anything regarding the matter before their meeting later in the month

The future of the Bangladesh national cricket team’s coaching staff is to be decided in the next BCB board meeting scheduled to take place later this month. Apart from head coach Steve Rhodes, contracts of the majority of coaching staff were finished with the conclusion of Bangladesh’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign. This includes the contract of pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh and fielding consultant Ryan Cook, and according to sources close to the board, a majority in the board is not willing to extend the contract of the duo.

Steve Rhode’s contract will end after the ICC World T20I in 2020 but it is understood that the board is also reconsidering the likelihood of continuing with the former English cricketer. An immediate decision on Steve is however unlikely given Bangladesh’s next assignment – Tigers’ tour of Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series, later this month. It is practically impossible for the BCB to make a new appointment with only weeks in hand before the next series.  

BCB director and former Bangladesh captain Akram khan said, they can’t say anything regarding the matter before their meeting later in the month.

“There is a board meeting scheduled to take place between July 20 to 22 and we are going to discuss about the extension of the coach’s contract in that meeting. Before that, I can’t make a comment on this subject,” said Akram to the reporters. 

It is understood that the BCB is not pleased with the performance of Rhodes along with that of Walsh and Cook. Windies pace legend Walsh had signed a four-year contract with the BCB in 2016 while Cook was roped in by the BCB in July last year. Both Walsh and Cook’s contract ran until the 2019 World Cup.    

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