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Five coaching staff members opt out of Pakistan tour

  • Published at 08:24 pm January 17th, 2020
BCB

At least five members of the coaching staff in the shape of spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori, trainer Mario Villavarayan, fielding coach Ryan Cook, white-ball batting consultant Neil McKenzie and computer analyst Shrinivaas Chandrasekaran have formally withdrawn from the tour comprising one ODI, two Test matches and three T20Is

Along with Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, a major part of the national team’s support staff will not travel to Pakistan later this month.

At least five members of the coaching staff in the shape of spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori, trainer Mario Villavarayan, fielding coach Ryan Cook, white-ball batting consultant Neil McKenzie and computer analyst Shrinivaas Chandrasekaran have formally withdrawn from the tour comprising one ODI, two Test matches and three T20Is.

It is understood that the BCB has accepted their decision and is already working on identifying their replacements.

Tigers head coach Russell Domingo will have Sri Lankan Champaka Ramanayake as the pace bowling coach during the T20I series.

Unlike the others, Domingo did not have any reservation about touring Pakistan.

Bangladesh’s South African physio Julian Calefato has also agreed to travel to Pakistan.

Following a long saga between Bangladesh Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board, the two cricket governing bodies reached consensus over going ahead with the tour.

The tour will begin later this month and conclude in April.

Split into three parts, Bangladesh will first play the three T20Is between January 24-27 in Lahore before traveling back home.

The Tigers will return to Pakistan to play the first Test in Rawalpindi, starting on February 7, before the Pakistani players take part in the Pakistan Super League Twenty20.

Bangladesh will come back home before returning to Pakistan to play the lone ODI on April and the second and final Test, starting on April 5 in Karachi.

“We have received a letter from Mushfiq [Friday]. He is unavailable for the whole tour of Pakistan due to personal reasons,” BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan told the media.

As far as the replacements of the coaching staff are concerned, Dhaka Tribune understands that spin bowling coach Sohel Islam will play dual roles – that of spin bowling and fielding coach.

Villavarayan is unavailable due to finger injury and will be replaced by local trainer Tushar Kanti Howlader.

BCB will have a local computer analyst travel with the team in place of Indian Chandrasekaran.