Bangladesh National Cricket Team will head into the island nation of Sri Lanka without a permanent head coach. Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) director and media committee chairman Jalal Yunus hinted that there is little possibility of selection and appointment of Tigers’ head coach before Bangladesh’s tour to Sri Lanka.
Jalal dwelled on the issue of the appointment of head coach at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Monday.The men in green have been left without a permanent head-coach since the sudden resignation of Chandika Hathurusingha. Since then Bangladesh played and lost both the Tri-nation and Sri Lanka series which led to renewed calls of recruiting a head coach as soon as possible.
But it seems highly unlikely that the proposition will be materialised as Bangladesh might have to make do with yet another interim head coach for the ‘Nidhas Trophy 2018’ which is all set to start from March 6.
In addition to that Bangladesh might not enjoy the services of Michael Bevan as batting coach for the upcoming tournament as was reported earlier.
BCB technical director Khaled Mahmud Sujon was appointed the interim head coach in the recently concluded series. BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus implied that the stint will be going to someone from the current team management. Tigers’ assistant coach Richard Halsall might be appointed as the interim head coach.
The absence of a head coach is causing a lot of concern among BCB directors as well. This issue dominated the BCB cricket operations committee meeting held on Monday.
After the meeting, Jalal explained the cause of the delay in recruiting Bangladesh head coach. The statement suggested that BCB is taking a conservative approach towards hiring the head coach.“We are looking for a coach who is suitable for Bangladesh, thus the delay. We don’t want to recruit anyone without considering thoroughly,” said Jalal.
BCB media committee chairman was also apprehensive about the prospect of appointing a batting coach before Nidhas Trophy.
“Michael Bevan and Neil McKenzie are under our consideration for the post of batting coach for Nidhas Trophy. But we might not be able to appoint someone in such short notice,” stated Jalal.
He stressed on the topics of negotiation regarding terms and conditions between the board and prospective coaches.
“We are discussing the terms and conditions of recruitment with the applicants. We are yet to come to any concrete decision. Everything is still under consideration,” reported Yunus.
Before the commencement of the Tri-nation and Sri Lanka series BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon stated that some of the senior cricketers proposed to continue without a head coach. This attitude might be on a southward curve as was apparent in Jalal Yunus’s statement reporting that some of the senior cricketers are now keen for speed recruitment of a head coach.
“A school requires teachers of different subjects like math, geography and so on. But there is also a need for the Head Master. Accordingly we also need a head coach to plan and strategise for the whole team. A few days back, even some senior cricketers iterated their plea for hiring a permanent head coach as soon as possible,” concluded Jalal.