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4 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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BCB yet to find anyone to step into Chandika’s shoes

Sports Reporter

It was discussing everywhere in the sports arena and tea stall to TV talk show who will be coming to take up the charge of the Tigers after the abrupt resignation of the Chandika Hathurusingha.

It is now a matter of watching who will be the 12th foreign coach of Bangladesh team after Mudassar Nazar (Pakistan), Mohinder Amarnath (India), Gordon Greenidge (West Indies), Eddie Barlow (South Africa), Trevor Chappell (Australia), Mohsin Kamal (Pakistan), Dav Whatmore (Sri Lanka), Jamie Siddons (Australia), Richard Pybus (Australia), Stuart Law (Australia), Shane Jurgensen (Australia) and Chandika Hathurusingha (Sri Lanka).

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had tried to initially communicate with Chandika and amend ties not to admit the matter of his resignation technically. But all their efforts went in vain because of coach’s dogged obstinacy.

Seeing no options in hand, the board started communicating with the best possible candidates through their channels and agents. Some of the coaches’ names have been leaked out including Andy Flower, Tom Moody, Sunil Joshi, Wasim Akram. But none of them agreed to go for the long-term contract with the BCB.

It is learnt that Australia coach Tom Moody, who currently coached Rangpur Riders in the ongoing BPL, among them was communicated and proposed to take the offer of the head coach of the Bangladesh team. But he gave his answer ‘no’ with the board’s proposal as he didn’t want to go for the long-term deal with the board.

It has been happened in the case of Zimbabwe-born coach Andy Flower, who currently set up his base in England.  Even Sunil Joshi and Wasim Akram did also not want to ink for the long-term contract.

And so, the BCB took a slow-go policy for the nonce to find a capable and qualified foreign coach for the Tigers, whose next international assignments-a triangular series and a bilateral series in between January and February at home turf.

Australian coach Justin Langer’s name is being discussed along with other quality coaches round the world. Some old coaches including Stuart Law, Shane Jurgensen and Richard Pybus showed their interests to become Bangladesh coach again.

Primarily, the board kept Khaled Mahmud Sujon in the pipe line if they could not manage any quality foreign coach for the team before the back-to-back assignments, in that case, Sujon will guide them in the next tri-nation with Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka and the bilateral series against Sri Lanka as the interim coach.

In this regard, BCB director Jalal Younus told The Independent that they are yet to finalise the selection of the coach but it could be done within the next few days.

“We had held talks with some coaches, who are reluctant to go for the long-term deal that we all know. Therefore, we also talked with some others coaches but nothing fixed with any of them,” said Jalal Younus.

“We have next board meeting in the next week, wherein the issue of the head coach could be presented and finalized if we could pick deal with any of them,” Younus told The Independent by mobile phone.

The second board meeting of the newly-elected members of the BCB led by President Nazmul Hassan Papon will be held at the board room of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) on December 10.

The board meeting is important because the charges and duties of the different committees will be distributed among the board members.

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