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O'Neill succeeds Samaraweera as Tigers batting consultant

  • Published at 10:38 pm July 29th, 2017
O'Neill succeeds Samaraweera as Tigers batting consultant
Former Australia cricketer Mark O'Neill has joined Bangladesh cricket as the national batting consultant. The 58-year old came as the successor to former Sri Lanka cricketer Thilan Samaraweera. Samaraweera took the Bangladesh job in September last year but the BCB decided not to extend his contract. Samaraweera was contracted till the Champions Trophy 2017.

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O’Neill for now has joined as the consultant for just a month though. The former New South Wales and Western Australia batsman reached Dhaka on Wednesday and visited the facilities in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Saturday. Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who returned to Dhaka on Friday following vacation, accompanied O’Neill during his visit to Mirpur. The former Australia first-class cricketer is expected to get down to work from today as the national cricketers will return to business following a two-day break for the weekend.
“I first want to observe them and understand the culture here and then think of long time work here. But a month is long enough for doing small tasks,” said O’Neill.
Meanwhile, BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said O’Neill will work with the national team for a month and if everything falls into place, the Australian coach will be involved with BCB's development programme. O’Neill in his 11-year-long career played 76 first-class matches and 21 List A games.