Former Bangladesh National Cricket Team captain and current Cricket Operations Committee Chairman of Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Akram Khan opened up to media about BCB’s pending issues regarding spin bowling coach and bowling camp at BCB’s media lounge in the capital on Sunday.
When asked who could be the next spin bowling coach, he said the name will be announced soon when the official deal is done with BCB.
“We have talked with 3-4 spin bowling coaches. I think this issue will be settled within a short time,” he said.
“We have one or two preferences but I don’t want to mention any names now. This could create problem in the future. So, I would request all of you to wait till the deal is completed,” he said.
Bangladesh have two-match Test series against Australia in August-September this year. Australians are scheduled to arrive here in August 18.
He mentioned that BCB is trying to get their spin bowling coach before the Australia Tests.
“We need a spin coach before the Bangladesh-Australia Tests. But we are bound to delay the appointment as our preferred coaches have contracts with other countriesm,” Akram said.
He also added that Bangladesh might get an Asian spin coach.
“It has been noticed that Bangladesh team performed better under Asian coach’s supervision. I think if we can appoint an Asian spin coach for the Tigers that will help them in the long run and for better performance,” he added.
It was in the news earlier this year that former Proteas’ batsman Jonty Rhodes has been linked with a field coaching role with the Bangladesh national team. Akram said that Jonty’s arrival is not fixed yet.
“He (Jonty) will come to Bangladesh when he will get free schedule. But he won’t be with us for a long period. It is expected that he will share his experience with our national squad.”
“He might have a stay here for 2-3 weeks. He will interact with BCB’s High Performance Team and the national squad,” he added.
Akram thinks a spin coach with a decorated career and experience in coaching job can boost Tigers’ performance in the Australia series.
“We are looking for a coach who can train our boys for better performance. We are not only going for the big names but also taking their experience in account,” he said. Bangladesh cricketers are going through conditioning camp at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. Akram said their bowling camp will begin within next 2-3 days.
Contracts of BCB’s selection panel have been expired recently. When asked if they will appoint new selectors he said: “As a director, I’m pleased with selection panel’s work. Our team are playing good cricket and I think the selectors have done a good job.”