Bangladesh National Cricket Team’s newly appointed consultant Gary Kirsten will help Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) in the recruitment process of head coach. BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon confirmed the reports while chatting with journalists on Monday.
While briefing journalists Papon also confirmed that Kirsten is working with BCB as team consultant.The scope of duty of Kirsten as team consultant is still a bit vague. His exact responsibilities have not yet been announced but BCB chief stated that Gary is helping BCB going through a thorough need analysis and decide what sort of coach is required by Bangladesh.
“Kirsten is making his observations about what kind of coach Bangladesh needs. He is speaking to me, the players and the coaching staff. We will match our list of coaches with his, after which we will finalise everything. It will be easier for us,” said Papon.
Though BCB has a plethora of experience in hiring head coaches for the national squad, Papon felt the need for expert opinion outweighed other concerns. He also hinted that BCB might announce the name of new head coach by the end of May.
“We felt that it is best to consult with an expert before deciding on a coach. You will get to know something important by this month. Kirsten wants to know what type of coach we are seeking. He has already started working for us,” told Nazmul.
Despite refusing to reveal the identities of candidates for position of head coach, Papon stated that BCB has shortlisted three candidates for the job at this point. All of them have also confirmed their non-objection about coming to Bangladesh.
“These three candidates are willing to come. They do not have any issues. We can decide by ourselves who to recruit. But we are opting for expert opinion so that we get a better result in future,” said Papon.Hassan also stated that the new coach’s first assignment is all set to be West Indies tour which will start next month. Courtney Walsh will continue as the interim head coach for the three T20s of Afghanistan series.
“It is impossible to have a head coach before the Afghanistan series. But we are hopeful that we will have appointed someone before the West Indies series. We nearly finalised someone but in the last minute he said that his family wasn’t agreeing with the move. So we cannot say anything until someone is here,” concluded Papon.