The BCB president Nazmul Hasan said the senior cricketers in the national team will be the “coach” during the tri-nation series comprising Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka and the home series against the Lankans later this month. The BCB boss met ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza and Test-cum-T20I captain Shakib al Hasan Monday.
“If you ask me, it will be Shakib and Mashrafe who will act as the coaches during the series. We are leaving the job to the senior players of the team and they are pretty confident about it. We spoke to the senior cricketers already so we can say the players themselves will be the coach,” set BCB boss Nazmul to the media.
The BCB chief Nazmul made the comment after he was queried if the Tigers will have a permanent coach before the upcoming series.
“We will not have any coach joining the team before the next series. We will run the team with the current support staffs. But all efforts will be made and we are already working on it. There is always one representative in the team from the board, and it has been Khaled Mahmud for a long time now. So he will continue the job with the team. But we have decided a designation for him (technical director) and have Richard Halsall as the assistant coach,” BCB supremo Nazmul informed.
The BCB president Nazmul following the meeting with the two captains at his corporate office in Dhaka informed that the meeting was mainly set up to plan for the year 2018 where the Tigers are scheduled to play a lot of cricket both home and away.
Bangladesh are set to start the year at home with the tri-series, followed by the Test match and T20I series against the Lankans. The Tigers later in the year will tour the West Indies and Australia and participate in the Asia Cup in India and tri-series in Sri Lanka. At home, Bangladesh will host the Windies in the last quarter of the year.
“We met to set plans for this year, which is very important for us as we have got lots of series both at home and away. We discussed strategies for the upcoming series’. We asked them what they need and how are they operating at the moment in the national camp,” said Nazmul.