Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) started looking for the new Head Coach officially by posting an advertisement in their official website recently.
According to the advertisement, interested candidates are asked to submit the resume by July 18 for the post that went vacant after BCB opted to part ways with Steve Rhodes terming it as ‘mutual separation’.BCB is looking for a coach who possess strong communication and interpersonal skills along with excellent presentation and report writing skills.
They also demand that the applicant should have strong analytical ability and can work independently when necessary.
According to the advertisement interested candidates must have elite level coaching experience while preferences will be given to candidates having experience with any ICC Full Member National Team.
The advertisement also stated that the coach must have strong knowledge and experience so that he can put up his planning for training and managing programs for the Bangladesh National Cricket Team while he needs to set up goals and deadlines for the players in line with long term objective of the team and in order to do so the person must have computer literacy with ability to operate cricket coaching software packages.
“Organising and delivering quality coaching with the aim of improving performance and results of Bangladesh National Cricket Team. Motivating the players and assisting them in reaching their optimum performance,” BCB was quoted in the advertisement as a prerequisite for the interested candidates.
“Ability to relate to international cricketers. Ability to work effectively with a wide range of individuals with diverse background,” BCB added.Despite finishing the World Cup at a disappointing eighth spot, Bangladesh did have a moderate campaign in terms of competitiveness and therefore, this development does come as a surprise.
Rhodes stint had been particularly laced with ODI successes that include bilateral series wins (both home and away) against West Indies, being the runners up in Asia Cup and first ever multi-nation trophy in Ireland prior to the ICC World Cup 2019. With all this momentum, there were expectations of a possible semi-final berth but that wasn’t to be.
While Bangladesh continue to be a constantly improving ODI side that’s now capable of beating any team, their Test fortunes continue to be stagnant, especially away from home. It’s an area where Rhodes couldn’t do much either, although he does deserve credit for the enhancement of fortunes in white-ball cricket.
Bangladesh’s immediate assignment will be a three-match away ODI series against Sri Lanka which begins July 26. The most important fixture will come in November when they travel to India for three T20Is and two Test matches while they are also expected to host a Twenty20 tri-nation in between comprising Zimbabwe and Afghanistan.
Meanwhile, Tigers’ former Technical Director Khaled Mahmud said that he is ready to step down from the post of BCB Director if he is given the Head Coach role on long term basis to avoid conflict of interest.
Mahmud was appointed as team’s technical director during the Tri-nation Series involving Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe and the following bilateral series against Sri Lanka in 2017.
BCB appointed Khaled to guide the team following their former Head Coach Chandika Hathurusingha’s departure in the middle of his tenure to join the Sri Lankan side in the same capacity. Mahmud became the first director-cum-coach in world cricket but not without criticism as there were allegations of conflict of interest.
Bangladesh are going through a similar crisis now and according to BCB sources, Mahmud is the front runner to fill the post on interim basis.
BCB is expected to hold a board meeting in this month where it will be decided how they want to fulfill the void left by the termination of Rhodes where they will also have to make plans to get suitable replacements for some others member of the back room staff.
While BCB had not renewed the contract of Courtney Walsh and Thian Chandramohan, who served them as bowling coach and physio, spin coach Sunil Joshi recently joined USA cricket as an advisor meaning he will not be available for them in the immediate future.
BCB officials stated the white ball batting consultant Neil McKenzie will not be travelling with them in the tour to Sri Lanka and they are yet to receive any confirmation about his availability considering his contract ended after the end of ICC World Cup 2019.
It was learnt that the demands made by McKenzie piled on considering Bangladesh’s batting success in while ball cricket.