Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nizamuddin Chowdhury said on Sunday that they are not worried about the fact that Zimbabwe had withdrawn from the proposed Tri-nation, scheduled to be played in September in Bangladesh.
With their funds frozen after the suspension imposed by the ICC, Zimbabwe Cricket (ZC) has notified BCB thorough a statement its inability to organise any domestic competitions or fulfill the obligations of the Future Tours Programme, which required it to tour Bangladesh for a triangular series including Afghanistan in September.“After the ICC meeting, we talked with Zimbabwe Cricket CEO and President. In this situation we talked about arranging the tour. They told me that we will need some time. They will be able to inform us in the next 7-10 days,” Nizamuddin Chowdhury told
“As the press release came on September 19, under these circumstances we will decide what to do according to the situation. As we had talked with them, we will try to communicate with them and see what happens,” he said.
“If the Tri-nation series was held, we thought it would have been more competitive. Nevertheless, we will keep our commitment to Afghanistan,” he said.
“According to our FTP commitment, the tri-nation series was supposed to be a bilateral series against Afghanistan. Zimbabwe were later accommodated upon their request. Our sponsors are very careful about the situation,” he added.
ICC suspended ZC after the country’s Sports and Recreation Commission (SRC), a state-run enterprise that reports to the sports ministry, replaced the elected ZC board with an interim committee last month. Tavengwa Mukuhlani’s election as the chairman had put the board in conflict with SRC, which had issued a directive not long back to suspend the electoral process, failing which it had to suspend the board altogether. ICC deemed it as political interference and has now directed ZC to reinstate Mukuhlani within three months.
Nizamuddin said that high profile coaches around the world showed their interest to be the mentor the national cricket team, which made them upbeat about their prospects of roping in a star coach as early as possible.The board has been in intense search for a coach after they parted ways with Steve Rhodes, following Bangladesh’s dismal performance in the World Cup where they finished eighth.
BCB then put up a circular for recruiting a coach on July 14, with the last date of the application on July 18.
Nizamuddin Chowdhury said several high profile coaches have already applied for the position and some others have showed their interest.
“We got some responses. Some high profile coaches have contacted us. With T20 cricket flourishing, most of the high profile coaches want to coach domestic T20 sides around the world apart from taking a full time role for a country but we need a full time coach,” Chowdhury told reporters on Sunday.
Bangladesh faced this kind of problem in the past too as the coaches want a clause in their contract to allow them to coach in domestic T20 cricket. As they were not willing to allow their coach to work with T20 teams in leagues, BCB couldn’t find a coach of their desire.
This issue resurfaced but BCB remains hopeful of hiring a star coach.
Chowdhury however said many of coaches didn’t apply formally but have been in touch with them, which actually made him hopeful about finding a good coach as soon as possible.
“Maybe a lot of them are interested but we don’t know that yet,” he said.
“When we know from different sources that someone is interested, we contact them. Sometimes someone is interested but they don’t know that yet or their agent doesn’t know that. We are also communicating with others. After shortlisting, we will discuss about the applicants and following which we will finalise the matter,” he remarked.
Nizamuddin said that it’s a good sign that local coaches are interested about the head coach post of Bangladesh.
As Khaled Mahmud Sujon expressed his desire to give up his position as BCB Director if he is given the national team’s coaching role on a long term basis, the issue of local coaches came to the fore once again.
“Of course, it has a positive side. It’s a great opportunity for our best coaches to work for the national team. It provides them an opportunity to work with famous foreign coaches,” Chowdhury opined.
Bangladesh team never had full-time Bangladeshi head coach for the national team. Although many of the top class teams in the World have kept their trust on the local coaches rather than foreigner namely India, Sri Lanka, Australia and New Zealand. Nizamuddin Chowdhury also hinted that there is possibility that a local coach can also be the head coach of the national team if the team demand that.
“Well, we take steps according to the practical needs of the team. Not just coach, we also made sure that a local physio tags along for a full-time basis,” Chowdhury added.