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Tigers coach likely within a couple of weeks

  • Published at 09:23 pm May 22nd, 2018
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Gary Kirsten informed that effort is being made to find a head coach who could prepare the team for the World Cup, which is a year away

Former South Africa cricketer Gary Kirsten expects to rope in a coach for the Bangladesh team in a couple of weeks. Former Proteas and India head coach Kirsten reached Dhaka Sunday evening in the capacity of a BCB advisor. During his three-day stay, Kirsten will be responsible for an “internal team audit” and also advise the board the best possible options with regards to the next Bangladesh head coach.

Kirsten Monday met a few senior Bangladesh cricketers in the shape of Mashrafe bin Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim, along with members of the national coaching staff.

"I have had an opportunity to meet with a lot of people (in Bangladesh cricket), which has been great. I think that was the intention, just to come in and have a look inside Bangladesh cricket. I am very excited by what I have heard. People have been very open about the progress and where they want to go. It is my task to help the board find the best coaches available for the team and in some capacity to kind of be involved in the team through to the World Cup. That's what it's about," said Kirsten to the media at a city hotel Tuesday.

"There is a belief that the team can compete at the highest level and that, as I said, they have got a real goal to do really well. That's the key - what will be determined by the team, what that ultimate goal will be, but they know they can do really well," he added.

The BCB had initially pursued Kirsten as the team’s technical director with the board wanting to extend the association till the 2019 World Cup. The South African however, rejected the offer, citing other engagements, and later joined Bangladesh as an advisor. His initial job is to speak to the cricketers and board directors and find Bangladesh a full time head coach - a post that has been vacant since November last year after Chandika Hathurusingha resigned.

"That's a tough question (the kind of coach we are looking for), but really for me it is to understand what has worked really well previously. I know Chandika has done a great job with the team and I just wanted to get to understand what that was about and what made the team do well in that time. And I think I've got some good insights into that. So my task is really to find someone who can help the team quickly as well because it has been a long time now. Hopefully in a couple of weeks we'll have someone in place to take the team forward," Kirsten explained.

Bangladesh are now preparing for a packed schedule up ahead. The Tigers will start the season taking on Afghanistan in Dehradun next month in a three-match T20I series, followed by the tour of the West Indies. At the very end of the schedule is the World Cup in 2019 - the chief focus for Bangladesh.

Kirsten informed that effort is being made to find a head coach who could prepare the team for the World Cup, which is a year away.

"We have spoken about that. We haven't finalised that yet. I think that is where modern cricket is going. The key is what's for the best interest of the team, bearing in mind that we are a year away from the World Cup. So that's the focus, to make sure the best coaches are available to prepare the team for the World Cup,” he concluded.