BCB is still in hunt for spin coach

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jul 17,2017 | Updated: 00:44, Jul 17,2017

 
 

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal does some weightlifting during Tigers’ conditioning camp for the forthcoming Australia series at Mirpur on Sunday. — New Age photo

The Bangladesh Cricket Board was yet to find a spin bowling coach for the national team but the chief of its cricket operations committee, Akram Khan, said on Sunday that they would soon finalise the name.
During Bangladesh’s tour of India for one-off Test match in February, BCB president Nazmul Hasan said that they were considering a few choices, including former Indian left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi.
Akram echoed his boss though he did not disclose any other candidate.
‘We have been talking with three to four persons. I hope the matter will be decided in a few days. I can’t disclose the names now, but I’ll make it public once the decision is made,’ said Akram.
Former Sri Lankan spinner Ruwan Kalpage who was appointed the assistant coach but worked as a spin coach, quit his job in August.
Bangladesh are supposed to play a two-Test series at home against Australia in the next month. Akram hinted that they would prefer someone from Asia in the position.
‘We have been looking for someone in the position for many days. But we couldn’t decide because of many reasons,’ said Akram.
‘We feel that an Asian coach could be better for us. We’re trying to have a spin coach on board before the Australia series.’
The BCB also approached former South African fielding legend Jonty Rhodes to help Tigers as fielding consultant, revealed Akram, although he said that it was unlikely that he might join before the Test series.
‘Jonty Rhodes is very busy. He may come to share his experiences for a few days. He will work not only with the national team but also with the other teams for a few weeks.
‘We have been in talks with him since the start of the Champions Trophy. It’s very difficult to get him for a long period. There is little chance to get him before the Australia series,’ said Akram. 

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