Resigned from BCB to focus on family, says Halsall

Sports Correspondent

1 May, 2018 12:00 AM printer

Resigned from BCB to focus on family, says Halsall

Former Bangladesh assistant coach Richard Halsall paid a visit to Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) after resigning as Bangladesh’s assistant coach last march due to family issues. 

The 49-year old first joined as fielding coach for Bangladesh national team in 2014 and later was promoted as Chandika Hathurusingha’s assistant two years later. Bangladesh cricket team had a remarkable transformation since the introduction of Chandika Hathurusingha and Richard Halsall.

“I came here to thank BCB. I had a chat with BCB Chief Executive Officer. I also thanked other board directors. I have worked alongside some excellent colleagues, and have had so many opportunities to grow and develop my career,”Richard Halsall told media in Mirpur on Monday.

Last month Richard Halsall officially submitted his resignation due to illness. The Board respected his priorities and accepted his resignation.

But the sources reported that Halsell was unfortunate enough to have a spat with some of the senior cricketers of Bangladesh team which forced Halsall to step down.  Halsell, though strongly denied any such allegations and maintained that he had sincere and cordial relations with the cricketers.

“The only reason behind my resignation is family commitments. International cricket took a lot of time off my life. Family comes first. This is the main reason, This is the main reason of my resignation” Halsall said.

“I always tried to give my best during my coaching period in Bangladesh. I had no mix-up with senior cricketer. I don’t even know anything about the subject in question,” He added.

Halsall also stated that BCB needs to devise a system to mobilise a number of upcoming cricketers as it will be a tough ask for the present cricketers to deliver according to the expectations of the nation. Mashrafe Mortaza, Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah form the core of the team with a number of young players are being groomed around them.

Halsall, the former Zimababwe cricketer, left the country on February when BCB granted him a vacation before the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka. He last coached the national cricketers in January-February in the tri-nation series at home.

With nearly four years coaching experience in Bangladesh under his belt, Richard Halsall joined England’s county club Sussex as its academy director Just after two days of resignation from the post of Bangladesh National Cricket Team’s assistant coach.

He first submitted his resignation letter to BCB showing the reason that he needs to accompany his ill father in his time of need.