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BCB shortlists MacGill as new spin bowling coach

  • Published at 07:59 pm July 30th, 2017
  • Last updated at 10:34 pm July 30th, 2017
BCB shortlists MacGill as new spin bowling coach
Former Australia leg-spinner Stuart MacGill is on top of the shortlist for the post of Bangladesh spin bowling coach. The BCB president Nazmul Hasan following the 17th board meeting on Sunday informed this to the media. With former West Indies spearhead Courtney Walsh working with the national team as pace bowling coach, the BCB had been mulling appointing a spin bowling coach. According to the BCB boss, the board has communicated with almost 10 to 12 coaches and MacGill has made it to the top of the list as per the agreement factor.
“We have been looking for a spin bowling coach for a long time now and finally have made a shortlist where Australia’s Stuart MacGill is at the very top. The board is in communication and hopefully the negotiation will reach a point. The appointment however, will initially be made for the short-term. Whoever gets the appointment will first want to observe and see the working conditions and then think of the long-term. The appointment is likely to be made ahead of the home series against Australia,” Nazmul told the media.
The BCB chief confirmed the appointment of former Sri Lanka pacer Champaka Ramanayake. Champaka, who acted as the Tigers' pace bowling coach from 2008-10, will be joining as the bowling coach of the High Performance Unit. The 52-year old relinquished his Sri Lanka national job last week. The BCB in the meeting also decided to extend the contracts of the national selection panel for another year. The current panel, led by Minhajul Abedin, was appointed in June last year and the term expired on June 30 this year. “We have decided to extend their contract for a year but there might be a change in members. One of the members will be replaced by a junior-level selector. This is to increase experience and efficiency among the selectors,” informed Nazmul.

Also read: O’Neill succeeds Samaraweera as Tigers batting consultant

Headed by Minhajul, the three-member national selection committee also has Habibul Bashar and Sajjad Ahmed as members. It is understood that Sajjad is likely to be replaced by an age-level selector. The agendas in the meeting also included holding the pending BCB Annual General Meeting and Executive General Meeting. The meetings and preparation for the election, due this October, was on hold due to legal tussle over authority of amending the BCB constitution. The Supreme Court last week disposed the case making way for the board to plan and arrange the election, AGM and EGM. However, a concrete decision could not be made given that the BCB is yet receive the copy of the SC verdict. The BCB president also said he and the board are hopeful of the Australia series taking place as per schedule.

Also read: Akram confident of Australia arrival

The Australia cricket team are scheduled to reach Dhaka on August 18 for a two-match Test series against the Tigers. The series, which will see Bangladesh take on Australia in the white outfit for the very first time in 11 years, fell into jeopardy following the dispute between Cricket Australia and its cricketers over pay dispute. The dispute has already seen Australia A team cancel their tour of South Africa. Alongside the two Tests against Bangladesh, Australia’s tour of India, which will be followed by the Ashes series, is in serious doubt now. “We have not been communicated anything negative so far. The issue is an internal one for CA so we do not have much to comment on this. As far as our part is concerned, we should be ready to host them and are doing that accordingly. Their ongoing issue has not only put our series but also the series' against other countries in doubt. I hope CA and its cricketers will be able to reach a common ground soon and come to Bangladesh for the series,” said Nazmul.
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