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17 July, 2017 12:00:39 AM
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BCB likely to appoint Asian spin coach

Akram also hints at bringing Rhodes for a short period
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BCB likely to appoint Asian spin coach
A file photo of Akram Khan

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director and its Cricket Operation Committee chairman Akram Khan on Sunday said that the team will get the new spin coach ahead of their next two-Test home series against the top-notch Australia.

He also said that they are yet to finalise the deal with anyone but they will officially announce the name of the spin coach after being agreed.

“We’re talking with four-five persons. Within the next few days we’ll select one-two from them. Actually we talk with those if we could let them agree, we will then bring him for the team,” said Akram Khan, whose leadership helped Bangladesh clinch ICC Trophy in 1997, the victory which provided a solid tune for Bangladesh cricket.

“At this moment, I can’t disclose their names. We fell in problem what you all saw in the past. So I could not want to reveal their names. But when we will finalise the deal then we will officially announce the name,” Khan told newsmen yesterday.

“We were trying since so many days. But they were engaged but we could not bring them. But there is no contractual problem of them. We are waiting for them. Hopefully we could settle the matter before the Australia series,” he added.

The Cricket Operation chairman said that they have talked with some Asian coaches, who will be much better for the team than the non-Asian.

“We’re trying to rope in an Asian as the spin coach as we are an Asian country. I think they will be better for us than a non-Asian. We’re trying to bring the new spin coach. We have got its proof as we did well with the help of Asian coach. We’ve similarity with them. So it’ll be better for us if the coach is Asian,” the former captain thought. He said that they will give preference on coach’s experience and his quality work to appoint the new spin coach.

“We’ll prioritise on them, whose will have ample experience on coaching and having quality works. We all know that some coach has good career but he is not good as coach. Again, some coach has no big career but he is good as a coach. Actually we will give our preference to them on the base of those things,” Akram opined.

It was heard that the board will fetch Jonty Rhodes to improve the players’ performance in the field. But Akram said that they are yet to reach any deal with him though they are talking with him for the last few months.

“Jonty is very busy. He could not work for a long time. Our talks with him are going on. If he agrees to work with us, he will then come here for a short term. He will work and share his experience with our national players besides high performance and our others teams also,” he said.

“Before the concluded ICC Champions Trophy, we’re talking with him. Actually it’s difficult to get big names’ players for the longer period. He will work for two-three weeks if he agrees. He will come here at the gap of his time,” he told.  

Akram ruled out of getting this South African before the next home series against the top-ranked Australia as saying “There is less possibility of getting him ahead of the upcoming home series against Australia. He has not confirmed us yet.”

When asked about the Australia’s arrival in Bangladesh to play the much-talked series, the BCB director said, “That’s not our problem. But personally I think their payment disputes will be settled before the tour in Bangladesh.”

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