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BCB hire Gary to find new coach

Gary Kirsten

Dhaka: Gary Kirsten, who coached India to World Cup success, said he is helping rudderless Bangladesh to quickly find a coach ahead of a looming tour. 

Bangladesh have not had a coach since Sri Lankan Chandika Hathurusingha stepped down last October after a reasonably successful three-year stint. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Kirsten as a consultant to help find a coach before a tour of the West Indies in July and August. 

Kirsten arrived in Bangladesh on Sunday and has already met players, BCB officials, selectors and local coaches. “I know Chandika did a great job with the team. 

“I just want to understand what that was about and what made the team do well in that time,” said Kirsten, 50. 

“Hopefully, in a couple of weeks, I will have someone in place to take the team forward,” he said on Tuesday. 

Under Hathurusingha, Bangladesh reached the World Cup quarter finals in 2015 and the Champions Trophy semi-finals in England last year. 

Bangladesh also won ODI series against Pakistan, India and South Africa, and defeated Sri Lanka, England and Australia in Tests. 

Kirsten, who represented South Africa in 101 Tests and 185 One-Day Internationals before coaching the Proteas and India, said he could remain linked to Bangladesh “through to the World Cup” in England next year. 

“I have no doubt that the team can compete at the highest level. And I think there is every intention to set some lofty goals in terms of what they want to do over the next 18 months or so.” 

Kirsten spoke individually with Tamim Iqbal, Mashrafe Mortaza, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar and Sabbir Rahman while also having sessions with national trainer Mario Villavarayan and physio Thihan Chandramohan.

Besides, he called upon national selectors Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar, while the biggest surprise came through the arrival of local coach Mohammed Salahuddin, who has mentored some leading Bangladesh players. 

 Agencies

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