The BCB president Nazmul Hasan has regretted his decision and to some extent blamed his choice to “let the players run the team”. The Tigers in the past one month faced humiliating defeats at home, first losing the final of the tri-nation ODI series, followed by the two-match Test and T20I series’ – all against Sri Lanka.
Nazmul following the resignation of head coach Chandika Hathurusingha in November last year and after the board was not able to appoint a new coach in time had come to the decision to let the players run the team under the supervision of a technical director in the shape of Khaled Mahmud. The move however, ended with unexpected and horrific results.
The BCB chief Tuesday held meeting with the technical director Mahmud, Test and T20I captain Shakib al Hasan, national selectors Minhajul Abedin and Habibul Bashar and the Tigers’ pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh at his corporate office. The meeting was set up to find the facts over what went wrong with the side who have performed so well over the last few years. And with the Tigers soon departing for the Nidahas tri-nation T20I series involving India and host Sri Lanka, the meeting discussed what immediate measures can be taken with regards to the team.
Nazmul informed that a camp involving 14 pacers and four to five batsmen will start Thursday. A full-out camp before travelling to Sri Lanka cannot be held given the players’ engagement in the Dhaka Premier Division Cricket League 2017-18 season. The players included will attend the camp at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka on the days when they will not have a Dhaka League game.
“I had never expected such poor performance from the team. When I decided the players can run the team, I never expected them to improve but perform the way they have been doing in the past few years. But the way things happened is really unexpected,” said Nazmul to the media.
“I sat with Shakib, the technical director, selectors and Courtney Walsh to try and find out the reasons as to why things went so wrong. We have discussed many things but honestly, I am very disappointed,” Nazmul added.
The BCB chief emphasised on the importance of a fulltime coach for the team. However, he said the appointment of a head coach is unlikely ahead of the Tigers’ tour of Sri Lanka.
“There is no way the team can run without a coach. I had listened to the cricketers and they were confident of the team running without a coach. But after this experience I need to come back to the previous stance (of being strict),” said Nazmul.
“We have been looking for a head coach for some time now. There was one option with whom we had almost confirmed the appointment but only to stop it in the last moment – there were a few terms which did not go according to our plan. We are trying our best to appoint a coach in the next few days but it looks very tough with only around two weeks left in hand before the team travel to Sri Lanka,” the BCB president added.