The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all set to appoint a new head coach, a position that has been vacant since the board parted ways with Steve Rhodes following a disappointing World Cup campaign in July.
A few top BCB officials conducted a tele-conference with probable candidates at Beximco office in Dhanmondi on Wednesday.
"We'll make a decision in next one or two days. We don't want to wait long. We want a long time coach before the Afghanistan series, which is scheduled to be held in September. There are some big issues before finalizing a coach. If someone says I will work for 100 days, we don't agree with that.
For this reason, we are late to finalize these matters. We are confident that we will be able to disclose the name of a new head coach over the next one or two days," BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus told media on Wednesday.
Earlier, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) parted ways with coaching staff, including the head coach following a disappointing World Cup campaign in England in July. Meanwhile, BCB has appointed batting and bowling coaches.
The BCB have already renewed former Proteas batsman Neil McKenzie's contract after the Bangladesh batsmen impressed at the World Cup, while they also recently acquired the services of former Proteas swing bowler Charl Langeveldt. Both McKenzie (batting coach) and Langeveldt (bowling coach) were part of Domingo's Proteas support staff during his tenure with the SA national team, and his appointment would complete the triumvirate.
The BCB is working to fill the vacancy of head coach post amid Eid celebrations. Meanwhile, South African coach Russell Domingo visited Dhaka and gave interview to BCB President Nazmul Hasan at his office for the position of head coach. Former Kiwi coach Mike Hesson was supposed to visit Bangladesh and give interview to BCB after Eid.
But the fact is, Bangladesh who are willingly interested to get Hesson, has a slim chance to hire him as neighbouring country India alongside Pakistan, England, Sri Lanka are also in talk with Hesson. However, Hesson or Domingo, the two are coming to the fore. One of them may be seen as the next coach of Tamim-Shakib. The Kiwis made it to the final of the 2015 Cricket World Cup under Hesson. They also played in the semi-finals of the 2016 T20 World Cup.
According to the source, Mike Hesson is BCB's first choice. BCB is also in talk with other high profiles like Mahela Jayawardene, Tom Moody, Mickey Arthur and Flower brothers (Andy and Grant). If BCB finally fail to pick Hesson or other strong candidates only then they can contact with Chandika.
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