Bangladesh have ended their search for a new head coach by naming former England cricketer Steve Rhodes.
The 53-year-old replaces Sri Lanka’s Chandika Hathurusingha, who stepped down in October after a three-year stint. Rhodes has been given a two-year deal until the 2020 World Twenty20 in Australia.
“Bangladesh is “a wonderful Cricket nation. The support that the boys get in the Bangladesh team is tremendous,” he said.
“Personally to be involved in a major role, to be given the responsibility by the President and Board, is a fantastic honour and it’s a privilege to be involved in Bangladesh Cricket.”
BCB's list of coaching candidates since Nov 2017— Mohammad Isam (@Isam84) June 5, 2018
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board roped in former India coach Gary Kirsten as its consultant to help it find the right person for the job.
“Steve Rhodes was on top of our list. His name was also in Kirsten’s list. We spoke to him face to face today and we are satisfied fully,” BCB head Nazmul Hassan said.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Rhodes, brings a lot of experience to his role with 11 Tests and nine ODI appearances. He coached Worcestershire for 11 years until being sacked.
Bangladesh Cricket Board decided to retain interim coach Courtney Walsh for next month’s Twenty20 international series against Afghanistan.
Bangladesh have been playing without a head coach since Chandika Hathurusingha stepped down in October after three years in the hot seat.
Afghanistan will host Bangladesh for a three-match T20 series in the north Indian city of Dehradun from June 3 to 7.
The series precedes Afghanistan’s first-ever Test against India in Bengaluru from June 14.
The Bangladesh board had recently appointed former South African batsman and India coach Gary Kirsten as a consultant to find their next coach.
After his appointment, Walsh said his target will be to keep the players focused.
“We won’t be thinking of losing and having a fear of losing. If we back ourselves, play good cricket, (we) will win,” Walsh was quoted as saying by AFP.
“They are ahead of us in ranking in T20s, which is something we are mindful of. It will be a good contest. I am backing my team to do their job but we are not going to be complacent.”
Afghanistan are ranked eighth in Twenty20 Internationals, two places above Bangladesh.