POST TIME: 10 July, 2019 00:00 00 AM
BCB to bring a coach who is good for Bangladesh
Board mulls option for Hathurusingha
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

BCB to bring a coach who 
is good for Bangladesh

Sri Lanka’s head cricket coach Chandika Hathurusingha takes part in a press conference in Colombo on Monday. AFP photo

While local cricket buffs and avid Tigers’ fans across the world are busy in calculating the causes behind Bangladesh’s shocking departure from the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is then preparing for their next course of action.

The Tigers will tour to Sri Lanka after just two weeks for a three-match ODI series following their arrival from the 50-over extravaganza in the United Kingdom (UK).

The board meanwhile parted ways with their head coach Steve Rhodes and reluctant to renew contracts with the fast-bowling coach Courtney Walsh and physio Thihan Chandramohan.

As of now they are planning how to decorate their backroom coaching staff in place of Rhodes, Walsh and Chandramohan for the next international games. They have not much more times in their hands prior to the next short series in the island nation, where they will soon travel as the venue and dates have been finalised and released in public.

But the speculation rife around the appointment of the new head coach just after the abrupt announcement of the ‘mutual separation’ with Steve Rhodes.

It is learnt from the BCB close sources that the board is trying to bring their previous head coach Chandika Hathurusingha back to fill the vacuum of the English coach. Hathurusingha was a result-oriented coach what is required at this moment for Bangladesh. They think that if Hathurusingha would be with the Tigers in the showpiece event, Bangladesh’s World Cup result would then be different. Chandika was in charge of the Tigers in his first stint over three years before Rhodes replacing him.

Their prediction matched with the current scenario of the Sri Lankan cricket as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) meanwhile announced that they want Chandika steps down from himself accepting all the responsibilities of the team’s disappointing performance in the World Cup.

The BCB wants to take the opportunity to bring him back in Bangladesh because the next ICC World Twenty20 will be held in Australia whose pitches and weather conditions he have a good knowledge because he is currently settled in Australia where he was involved in coaching stint for so long.

Bangladesh have needed such a coach whose expertise particularly on that condition could be benefited them in the long run not only for the T20 World Cup but also their next games on bounce and pace-friendly wickets, where they have to play their bulk of the games under the new FTP.

It is also learnt that BCB through their CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury communicated with Chandika just after being reached an amicable settlement with Steve Rhodes what they said a separation on mutual agreement.

During the World Cup, several members of Bangladesh team management and players are seen to talk with Chandika. Even few of them asked him to have interest to work in Bangladesh. Having got positive feedback from Chandika, they also held some talks with him.

They have therefore started their official communication with him after being struck the separation deal with Rhodes. When asked about the matter of Chandika Hathurusingha, BCB director Khaled Mahmud Sujon said that if he is good option for their cricket the board might bring him back.

“If Chandika is better option for us then why not he (Chandika) ,” said Khaled Mahmud Sujon.

“But the board will take the decision that he will be good for us as a coach.” Sujon told media yesterday.

He said that there might have some reasons that forced him to leave Bangladesh at this time.

“Nothing is happened out of reasons. I don’t mean that Chandika will come here again. Even I don’t say that the board has talked with Chandika. He might be come if he is better option for the Bangladesh cricket at this moment. He has a good record it’s not that he will come,” Sujon also said.

“I think, we should bring such a coach who is good for the Bangladesh cricket, who helps us to move forward to our cricket,” he added.

Whatever is happened everything will be finalised and resolved in the next executive board meeting which will be held within the 20-22 July, just days before their departure for Sri Lanka series.

BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon is now in London, where he will stay till July 18. He is now busy in Inter-Parliamentary Cricket World Cup, scheduled to end on July 13. Then they will enjoy all the final of the 2019 flagship event.

Finally the president will return home from London after attending the important ICC Board Meeting which will be held following the conclusion of the mega-event.