Bangladesh news February 20, 2013

Corey Richards gets additional coaching role


Bangladesh's newly appointed fielding coach, Corey Richards, will also act as the team's batting coach in the interim, while the BCB looks to appoint someone permanently for the role ahead of the Sri Lanka tour. The BCB had said they were searching for a batting coach "from England", but this has not yet materialised and is likely to take more time.

"At the moment I will be looking after [the] batting. It will be [a] dual role," Richards said. "I have done [the batting coach role] before. I am looking forward to mixing both roles in the side until the BCB tells me otherwise. I am just very excited to be here and work with this group of youngsters."

Richards' last assignment was as a batting coach for Cricket New South Wales (NSW) over the past two years. He was also the assistant coach to the Sydney Sixers for the past two seasons. Last year, he was the head coach of the team when they won the Champions League in South Africa, as regular coach Trevor Bayliss was with the Kolkata Knight Riders at the time.

"I haven't had a technical role such as [being] the fielding coach before, but [when you are] the assistant or head coach of a team, you need to know [these] three fundamentals of the game.

"Technically I haven't had this title [at an international level] yet, but I have done a lot of work with the NSW team and the Sydney Sixers [in a similar role]," he said. "I think I have got the requirements and experience to hopefully do a good job."

The BCB will rely on Richards' experience for now, but they also have another position to fill, as Stuart Karppinen, the team's trainer will no longer be travelling with the team to Sri Lanka. The BCB are looking for someone to fill this role, or they will have to send a local trainer on the tour.

Bangladesh are set to leave for Sri Lanka on February 28, ahead of which they have a short camp at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, which began on Wednesday with 13 players out of the 25 in the preliminary squad. The Bangladesh players who were in the BPL final will join the squad on February 22.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on February 22, 2013, 16:19 GMT

    Hi guys,do u know if naseer hossain is included inthe series?.He is a bit emotional guy and needs to gain some experience to overcome that.But I think he is different from guys like ashraful who has talent but not the consistency.If he improves his mentality and shot selection he will be surely consistent and he also needs to show himself to get the chance to play abroad like tamim and shakib.

  • Dummy4 on February 21, 2013, 15:48 GMT

    As a batsman, Corey Richard's career is average to be an international coach (you may say even slightly below!); played not a single international match. However, hope he will be a good coach.

  • Ruhul on February 20, 2013, 22:58 GMT

    BCB should've appoint Jammie Siddons back, since he was brilliant in his role before and he understands the players well.

  • Javed on February 20, 2013, 22:39 GMT

    Make sure Shakib is in the squad. I'm sure, Shakib will come up with some excuses not to go with the team because of IPL. My request to Shakib , please don't do that.

  • Saeed Salehin on February 20, 2013, 18:35 GMT

    We want Jamie Siddons Back!!! We Bangladeshi Supporter Love you "Jamie Siddons "!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 20, 2013, 17:27 GMT

    i am still looking for a head coach like Shaun Pollock/ Stephen Flemming/ Steve-Mark Waugh as they had very sharp Cricket Brain. We should use Batting Coach like Jamie Siddons for Backup players of Naitional Team for true pipe line who can develop the batsmen. Fielding coach like Jonty Roads!!!

    Anyway, Shane Jergenson & team all the very best. Tiger will won the series against the new Lions.

  • Taseen on February 20, 2013, 15:29 GMT

    @Sinhaya-2 OK . We will see about that . I don't think if Srilanka win they are going to win easily.

  • narbavi on February 20, 2013, 12:27 GMT

    Bangladesh are really lucky for two reasons, one is they have got a world class batting coach and other reason is mahela's absence from the test series, but i still think we will win this series 2-0