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BCB appoints Sridharan Sriram as T20 technical consultant

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  • 20 August, 2022 12:00 AM
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BCB appoints Sridharan Sriram as T20 technical consultant

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Friday appointed former Indian all-rounder Sridharan Sriram as the technical consultant of their T20 side until the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup in October-November.

The 46-year-old will arrive in Dhaka on Sunday to join the squad’s preparation for the upcoming T20 Asia Cup in UAE, scheduled to start on August 27.

“We have appointed him because he has got a lot of experience working in the IPL. As the World Cup is in Australia, he also has a vast experience of working there for a long time,” BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon told reporters. 

“We will sit on 22d and chalk out everything. I have said earlier that a lot of things will change and it will be a long-term plan,” he added.

Sriram, who played eight ODIs for India between 2000-2004 had a distinguished first-class career spanning nearly 18 years.

 From 2015 to 2018, Sriram was a consultant coach for Cricket Australia. He was assistant coach of the Australian team from 2018 to 2022 and during this period, Australia won the 2021 ICC T20 World Cup in UAE.

He has extensive experience with franchise-based Twenty20 teams in the Indian Premier League having coached Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils.

At present he is the assistant coach, batting and spin bowling for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL.

“I bring with me twenty-five years of cricketing experience and nine years of coaching at an elite level. I am really looking forward to working with the Bangladesh players,” Sriram was quoted in a BCB press release.

“I believe Bangladesh have huge potential in white ball cricket and the very thought of being involved with such a talented group of players at two high profile events excites me,” he added.

Meanwhile, Nazmul said that the role of Jamie Siddons might be changed and he is likely to work on the development as part of the long-term plan.

“Siddons was not selected to be with the team and travel. We basically appointed him to strengthen our pipeline so that whenever we need a player in a different position we can get it,” Nazmul said.

“He (Siddons) also wants that (to work with the development) but unfortunately he is travelling with the team and nothing is happening because he can’t develop players in such a short span of time.

“We can give him 10 to 15 cricketers from the High Performance and other development programmes. He wants one year to develop them,” he added.

Nazmul hinted that there might be the introduction of split-coaching in Bangladesh as they are not sure whether they will have head coach Russell Domingo in the Asia Cup or not.

“Our plan is for Domingo to concentrate on ODIs and Tests. We want to separate everything as there are a lot of games and it is not possible for Domingo to travel so much.

“We have a lot of T20Is and so we want to separate it….We will have a separate set-up of the coaching staff but first, we have to see Sriram and see how he fares in the Asia Cup and World Cup. After that we can say whether we will have him permanently in T20Is or have someone else permanently,” he added.

 Bangladesh will have a busy time in the next cycle of the ICC Men’s Future Tours Programme) for the period 2023-27 where they will play a total of 150 matches including 34 Tests, 59 ODIs and 57 T20Is.

Meanwhile, according to sources, Domingo might not travel to UAE for the T20 Asia Cup and the chances are high that he might not be interested to continue with the Tigers anymore.

The South African is expected to reveal his decision to the board directors when they meet in the coming days.