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20 April, 2019 00:00 00 AM
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Rhodes drives direct to Mirpur from airport to talk with Tigers

Sports Reporter, Dhaka
Rhodes drives direct to Mirpur from airport to talk with Tigers
BCB chief curator Gamini de Silva (R) receives Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes as he arrives direct to Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium from Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport yesterday after spending a month holiday in England. Courtesy photo

Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes had appeared in Mirpur directly from airport as soon as he kept his footstep in Dhaka from London after his over month-long vacation yesterday. Unlike the other coaching staffs of the Bangladesh national cricket team, Rhodes went on vacation after the incident-marred tour of the Tigers in New Zealand.

Despite being played an important match of the Super Six of the ongoing Dhaka Premier League (DPL) between Abahani Limited and Prime Bank Cricket Club in Mirpur, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) remained vacant because of the weekly holiday.

And so, the English coach was greeted by Bangladesh chief curator Gamini de Silva at the main entrance of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. Even though there were no BCB high officials, the bulk of the Bangladesh World Cup squad players were on the field and stadium areas.

On the receipt of Steve Rhodes’ arrival at BCB, media people became so curious to talk with the head coach on different issues. The coach told them flatly not to talk today (Friday) when they wish to talk him after approaching. But he gave them words to talk within the next two days. He informed that he came here directly from airport to meet his people first.

“I’ve just got back from England,” said Steve Rhodes. “I have to meet my people first. I will talk to you guys sometime over the next two days,” Rhodes told media at the SBNCS in Mirpur yesterday. “I am really sorry,” he added. As per his words, the head coach entered into the dressing room of the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS), where he talked with Mashrafe Bin Mortaza along with Mohammad Saifuddin, Mehidy Hasan Miraj, Mosaddek Hossain Saikat, Mohammad Mithun, Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman Rumman and so on. He was there for over two hours before leaving the ‘Home of Cricket’

The drumbeat of the ICC Cricket World Cup has started for which Bangladesh meanwhile announced their 15 players for the 50-over extravaganza event, starting on May 30 in England and Wales in the United Kingdom (UK).

Just two days later, the preparation camp of the Bangladesh Team for the next back-to-back international tournaments especially World Cup will begin on April 22.

National team’s strength and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayan among the coaching staffs returned to Dhaka first and started working with the injured Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad and Tamim Iqbal.

Fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh followed him as he came back on Thursday from Jamaica to join the team’s pre-World Cup training camp. Rhodes then arrived in Dhaka as the third coaching staffs. It’s learnt from the BCB sources that spin bowling coach Sunil Joshi and batting consultant Neil McKenzie will soon come back to join the team.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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