Bangladesh Cricket Board (BC) official said on Monday that Wasim Jaffer and Champaka Ramanayake, currently working with BCB High-Performance Unit, will join Bangladesh National Cricket Team in the upcoming Sri Lanka tour as batting and bowing consultant.
While BCB looking to fill the vacant spots of the team management as they went through a major reshuffle after the World Cup, according to BCB officials these inclusions can be considered as stop-gap arrangements.BCB had mutually parted ways with head coach Steve Rhodes while they did not renew the contract of pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh.
As far batting consultant Neil McKenzie is concerned they are yet to ink any new agreement with him while he is currently on leave and expected not to be available during the tour of Sri Lanka.
“We have some plans regarding filling the post of our coaches and it will depend on what type of coaches we are getting,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told reporters at the BCB premises on Monday after completing a meeting with national selectors.
“Champaka [Ramanayake] is also a very good bowling coach and we have his as our backup and now we will take him to this tour,” he said regarding inclusion of Ramanayke, who had worked in the same capacity from 2008 to 2010 and was reintroduced by BCB in the recent past at the HP unit.
“Look, some of our coaches had requested for leave during the time of Sri Lanka tour as there was some problem regarding it [after the bomb blast] and only was confirmed in the recent past,” he said.
“If McKenzie is unable to give us time [that is likely to be the case] then we will take Wasim Jaffer as the batting coach,” he said adding that they are not replacing McKenzie or Walsh.“They are not chosen as the replacement of McKenzie or Walsh. As per the contract with them, they are bound to take additional responsibilities,” he said.
Akram added that they are thinking to ask Khaled Mahmud to take the head coach for the forthcoming Sri Lanka tour.
“You all know there is a crisis about the head coach but we are trying to get one. We will take the service of Khaled Mahmud Sujon as our main coach but we are trying to get someone,” he said implying BCB is not interested to give Mahmud the role on a long-term basis that he wanted even if that required him to step down from the post of directors.
Fielding coach Ryan Cook and trainer looked to be the only ones with whom BCB is interested to renew contract apart from McKenzie as spin coach Sunil Joshi had already joined USA cricket in the recent past.
“Mario Villavarayan will check the fitness of the players on July 18 when the camp for the series against Sri Lanka will start. Ryan Cook will also join before the series,” he said.
The inclusion of Jaffer was not a surprise at all considering he was seen working with Tamim Iqbal and Mohammad Mithun as they are trying to get back his old form after a disappointing World Cup while Jaffer had also worked with Soumya Sarkar during the Dhaka Premier League to help him regain his form that he did by scoring first double hundred in a list A game.
“I think Jaffer just wanted to see how Tamim is going after particular type of bowling. It is up to him whether he will take his advice or not because after playing international cricket for so long there is hardly anything new to add apart from just doing some fine tuning,” Mahmud told the daily Sun when his attention was drawn regarding Jaffer inputs while working with Tamim in the nets that was coordinated by Mahmud.
Mahmud added that Jaffer stint with Abahani during the last Dhaka Premier League where he shared the dressing room with Mithun is helping him to tell him about his short comings.
“He played with Mithun in Abahani and so he knows how he bats. In this kind of cases [when someone is going through some lean patch] what is important is to remind him how he bats when he bats with an open mind,” he said.
Mithun is set to replace Shakib Al Hasan at number three as the latter is granted leave by BCB to perform Hajj along with Liton Das, who is expected to get married on June 28.
“Shakib is going to perform the ‘Holy Hajj’ so we are going to miss him. Liton will also miss the tour because of his marriage. That was fixed from a long time ago. We will miss these two players,” said Akram.