Bangladesh news February 11, 2017

BCB take on Sunil Joshi as spin consultant

ESPNcricinfo staff

BCB president Nazmul Hassan has said that the board is in talks with former India spinner Sunil Joshi for a role as the Bangladesh team's spin consultant for their series against Sri Lanka next month. On Sunday, BCB's operations committee chairman, said Joshi would join the team for the Sri Lanka series, and former South Africa batsman Jonty Rhodes is also in the mix for the series as fielding consultant.*

"At least for now, we are getting Joshi for the Sri Lanka series," Akram said. "We have held talks with him. We will decide whether to keep him for a longer period after seeing his work. Jonty [Rhodes] is also nearly confirmed."

Joshi, who played 15 Tests and 69 ODIs for India between 1996 and 2001, is currently coach of the Assam side in India's domestic circuit and also had a stint as Oman's spin-bowling coach during the 2016 World T20.

*09.25GMT, February 12: This article was updated after Akram Khan spoke.

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  • cpur on February 12, 2017, 19:58 GMT

    We can support him to be chosen by Bcb.

  • J on February 12, 2017, 10:02 GMT

    Looks like bangla fans are more concerned about ensuring job security for ex bangladeshi players than getting the best man for the job. And they perhaps don't have the knowledge or the maturity to understand that it is not the best of bowlers who become good bowling coaches; it is the thinking players - the intellectuals amongst cricketers - who have the brains to plan for others and have themselves played who will make the best coaches.

  • S on February 12, 2017, 3:53 GMT

    Goes without saying, Joshi is a way better bowler than some Rafique guy I can't even remember. And @A.RAHMAN - Zimbabwe was pretty strong during Joshi's career.

  • Ashiqur Rahman on February 12, 2017, 2:41 GMT

    Joshi would be a bad choice for Bangladesh. He will ruin BD spinners. Why not Mohammad Rafique? He can be a great role model for the spinners.

    Joshi: 41 Wickets from 15, Excluding ZIM, its only 35 wickets. Rafique: 33 Tests and 100 wickets, if we exclude ZIm wickets: 88 wickets from 29 Tests

    BCB is useless !

  • Zafer Abid on February 12, 2017, 2:15 GMT

    Joshi in his playing days, was full of talent and with his nice curvy action and lots of revvs on the ball reminded of Underwood (albeit with a shorter run up). The reason he didn't play much was that Kumble and later Bhajji (in those days) were in a different league alltogether. Not sure about his coaching credentials though. Assam are a low ranked side in Indian domestics while Oman is relatively unknown among associates.

  • ganesh on February 12, 2017, 2:04 GMT

    I can understand why they want a left arm spinner as a consultant but feel like they should have approached someone like Murli Karthik instead of Joshi. Karthik has more experience of playing all around the world with various clubs and has the aggressive attitude which would go down well with the BD team but yes is he looking out for such a job is the question. Also BD is a much stronger side in the shorter format now to get the same kind of results in the longer format they need to play more test cricket. Very impressed with the way in which they are performing in the HYD test so far. Also they did well in NZ but lost out on key moments which they would get better in by playing more tests.

  • hylihy1453832 on February 12, 2017, 2:04 GMT

    they need self belief. fans are really supportive. no matter how many matches you lose on trot, they still support. great thing. self belief in their talent may be able to change their fortune to some extent

  • S on February 12, 2017, 1:04 GMT

    Bangladesh finally seems to came off age. As an Indian fan i see the Bangla progress in the last 4-5 years. Their fielding and commitment to team cause need to go up atelast twice to see some good results.

  • Babaji on February 12, 2017, 0:38 GMT

    No amount of outside help can improve Banfladrsh cricket. They need to change their attitude. As such, a psychological consultant like India had in 2011.

  • cricfan26044565 on February 12, 2017, 0:34 GMT

    No wonder the BNG can push a test against India in India into 4th day with 14 wickets in hand. SLC and PCB need to focus on talent development like this than focusing too much on captain appointments, selector apponitments and board elections

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