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Herath, Siddons in race for posts in Bangladesh coaching staff

BCB cricket operations chairman Akram hinted that the new spin bowling coach will be someone from Asia and that the next batting coach will be someone who previously worked with Bangladesh cricket

Update : 31 May 2021, 10:04 PM

Former Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath is leading the race to be the next Bangladesh national team spin bowling coach.

Although Bangladesh Cricket Board has not yet signed or declared a name, discussion in the community is  abound for Herath to come in as the successor of former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori.

As per reports, the board is also in discussion with former Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons for the role of batting coach.

Provided he finally reaches a mutual point with the BCB, Siddons will take the place of current national batting coach Jon Lewis.

Former English cricketer Lewis was appointed as Bangladesh batting coach for the series against the West Indies and New Zealand, and kept further for the away and home series against Sri Lanka.

BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan did not mention a name while interacting with the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium Monday, but gave the hint that the spin bowling coach will be someone from Asia.

“We will have a spin coach from Asia. We spoke to three candidates for the post. One is from Sri Lanka, one from India and another one from Pakistan. We are still in discussion and they are likely to reach Dhaka in a few days. We will also take opinion from the senior cricketers [of the national team] in couple of days,” said Akram.

Vettori joined as the Bangladesh spin bowling consultant in 2019 and was scheduled to work for 100 days.

His contract was to run up to the World T20I 2020.

The situation however, changed due to the Covid-19 pandemic and when cricket returned to the field, Vettori missed many assignments for Bangladesh except for the team’s tour of New Zealand earlier this year.

From Sri Lanka spinner Herath hung up his boots in 2019 having played 93 Test matches, and with 433 wickets under his belt.

In ODIs, the left-arm spinner picked up 74 wickets in 71 matches and took 18 wickets in T20s in 17 appearances for the island nation.

The 43-year old was part of the Sri Lanka team which won the 2014 World T20I.

Apart from the options from abroad, Akram informed that the cricketers have requested to look into local coach Sohel Islam as an option.

“Many players have suggested Sohel too. That is totally their [players’] personal choice. The board will reach a decision taking all aspects into account,” said Akram.

Speaking of the options regarding the batting coach, Akram hinted a name who has previously worked with Bangladesh cricket.

Former Australia cricketer Siddons had worked with Bangladesh as the head coach from 2007 till the 2011 World Cup.

“We have a shortlist of three names for the batting coach. Among the options is one who have previously worked with Bangladesh team. It will take another three or four days for us to finalize,” said Akram.

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