Split coach theory divides opinion

Samsul Arefin Khan | Published: 00:05, May 24,2018 | Updated: 23:08, May 23,2018


The proposal of introducing ‘two-coach theory’ in Bangladesh cricket sparked mix reaction among the local coaches as they said on Wednesday that the whole concept was needed to be re-modified.
Former South African batsman Gary Kirsten, who paid a visit to Bangladesh this week for an ‘internal audit’ as a consultant of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, suggested the unique theory of appointing two separate coaches for limited-over cricket and Test matches.
Bangladesh, who have not had a coach for the national team for the last seven months since Sri Lankan Chandika Hathurusinghe stepped down, appeared to be positive to the revolutionary idea.
After a meeting with Kirsten on Tuesday, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said they should not remain stuck to the same mentality for years, dropping a broad indication that they might actually accept the idea.
One of the reasons Nazmul highlighted for being positive to the idea was that no coach who they had approached for Bangladesh job had been willing to serve on a full time basis in all three formats.
According to Nazmul, coaches were interested to work only in one-day and Twenty20 matches, which might have prompted Kirsten to throw the idea of separate coaches for red and while ball cricket.
Renowned Bangladeshi coach Sarwar Imran found the idea a futuristic one, not applicable for Bangladesh in current circumstance.
‘I have never heard any such thing earlier, so it’s too early to make a comment for me,’ said Imran.
‘We are yet to form two different teams for longer and shorter formats. I am wondering how the two-coach formula will work here. I think such kind of ‘advance thought’ is not applicable for us in current perspective,’ he added.
Imran, however, said that the BCB could appoint two specialist coaches under the supervision of a head coach, who would co-ordinate with others.
‘There can be a head coach and under his guidance there can be specialist coaches for one-dayers and Test matches,’ he added.
Kirsten, who arrived in Bangladesh on Sunday, conducted series of meetings with current national team players, BCB officials, selectors and local coaches to get a clear idea on Bangladesh cricket.
Jalal Ahmed Chowdhury, a prominent local cricket coach appreciated the way the World Cup-winning coach acted, suggesting that his theory should be experimented with the age-group teams before introducing it to the senior team.
‘I am really delighted to see how Kirsten took the opinions from different persons and it is highly appreciable,’ Jalal told New Age.
‘I think any experiment can be made only to the immediate next team, not in the senior team. Firstly, they can experiment this theory in the ‘A’ team, age-level teams, divisional team as well as domestic teams,’ he added.
Jalal found that the concept could introduce a power struggle in the team if it was not handled properly.
‘The whole concept is new and if someone cannot co-ordinate the matter there is chance of spoiling the idea. I think the first priority should be appointing a head coach and the Cricket Board should look after the matter,’ he added. 

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