Unable to appoint a coach on their own in more than seven months, Bangladesh sought the help of their would-be consultant Gary Kirsten to find a suitable candidate for the post.
Speaking to reporters on Monday night on the sideline of a programme, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan confirmed that Kirsten has already started working on the matter.
The BCB was hoping to appoint Kirsten as its team consultant after the end of ongoing Indian Premier League, where the former South African had been working as the coach of Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Depending on the result of RCB in the tournament, Kirsten is expected to arrive in Dhaka on May 20 or May 21 to confirm his service for Bangladesh, said Nazmul.
‘But he has already started doing some works,’ Nazmul said.
‘He is doing a need analysis to determine what kind of coach we need. He is interviewing potential candidates in his own way.’
The BCB president said they also prepared a new short-list for coach, which included a South African, an Englishman and an Australian.
‘They are not a very a famous one. I think they could be useful for us,’ said Nazmul, adding they could appoint someone outside the list provided Kirsten recommends.
The BCB president said they also had asked the potential candidates to take their family consent before including their name in the short-list.
‘All of them are now working in one or other place. So I don’t think it would be wise to publish their name at this stage,’ said Nazmul.
‘But one thing we became certain none of these three candidates has any problem to come to Bangladesh with family. We will finalise any of these three coaches as our head coach.
‘But we thought before making a final decision it would be good if we can get an expert opinion. This is why we are giving the opinion of Kirsten a priority,’ he said.
The BCB in March had all but confirmed the service of England team assistant coach Paul Farbrace and formal announcement to this regard was expected on March 11.
But Farbrace, who was also a former head coach of Sri Lanka team, backed away at the eleventh hour citing family reason.
Bangladesh are without a head coach since October when Sri Lankan coach Chandika Hathurusinghe stepped down to take the job of his own national team.
Since then BCB interviewed England-born South African Richard Pybus and West Indies’ Phill Simmons but did not appoint either of them.
Bangladesh played home series against Sri Lanka under the guidance of former national skipper Khaled Mahmud before fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh stepped in as interim coach during the Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 tournament in Sri Lanka.
Nazmul said Walsh was likely to continue as interim coach during the upcoming Twenty20 series against Afghanistan in India next month.
‘Our priority is to appoint a coach before West Indies tour [in July-August]. I think Walsh will continue until then,’ said Nazmul.
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