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BCB likely to embrace split-coaching

Siddons in line for T20 head coach in Asia Cup

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 19 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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BCB likely to embrace split-coaching
BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon (third left) chats with cricketers during a practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Thursday. — TANVIN TAMIM

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board is likely to embrace the idea of split coaching for its national team as the president Nazmul Hassan Papon hinted at bringing a new member to the coaching set-up sooner than later.

Although Nazmul on Thursday didn’t reveal any name, a source inside the board confirmed to The Daily Sun that they are planning to have a separate coach for the T20 set-up as they want current head coach Russell Domingo to concentrate more on ODI and Test cricket.

Currently, batting coach Jamie Siddons is working with the Tigers while head coach Russell Domingo along with other coaching staff are expected to arrive today to prepare the charges for the T20 Asia Cup.

However, according to the sources, Siddons is also in line to take the charge of the Bangladesh T20I side and his tenure may start with the upcoming T20 Asia Cup in UAE later this month.

The decisions of bringing someone to the coaching panel as well as going for separate coaches for different formats are likely to be taken in the next few days after Domingo arrives in the city.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh will be playing 150 international matches in the next 2023-27 FTP cycle and split-coaching is likely to give some breathing space to the members of the team management.

“We are working on that (regarding the matter mentioned). You will know about it in a day or two because of the number of games we have, we also need adequate coaching staff because who will work with the cricketers, who are out of the national team?” Nazmul, who went to the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to watch the practice session of the cricketers, told reporters.

“It is not only the cricketers. Think about the coaching staff. Nobody will have the time to breathe. We have the most number of matches in the next FTP. That is unbelievable and it suggests that the ICC and other countries are giving us importance and so they want to play with us.

“We also have matches outside FTP and we are discussing whether we can have more matches or not like we have the ICC and ACC events. It is a matter of pride that we have got so many matches while at the same time handling it and managing it is a big challenge,” he added.

Nazmul, however, mentioned that they are trying to see whether Siddons can fill the role of a power-hitting coach or not during the upcoming T20 Asia Cup.

Bangladesh earlier appointed Albie Morkel as the power-hitting coach during the ODI leg of the last South Africa series.

Power-hitting is one of the major talking points for the Tigers as it is considered to be one of their weakest links in the shortest format.

“A few days ago, Siddons came to my house and we spoke on different matters. If we want to do well, we need to change our T20 approach and there is no alternative to it.

“You can’t win games by scoring 130 runs and you have to score 180 to 200 runs. We have to keep that in mind but our planning doesn’t reflect that (playing for 180 runs) and so we spoke about what can be introduced in this regard (to play aggressive cricket).

“We were talking about a power-hitting coach and at that point, Jamie (Siddons) said that he is very keen to teach power-hitting as this (power hitting) is an area of his speciality and so we are seeing him for this Asia Cup,” he added.

There are also a couple of names floating in the air including Julian Wood as a possible power-hitting coach while a source of the board insisted that an Indian is also in line to join the national set-up.