Bangladesh news May 16, 2014

BCB in talks with Chandika Hathurusingha


BCB president Nazmul Hassan has said the board is in talks with former Sri Lanka batsman Chandika Hathurusingha for the role of Bangladesh head coach. Hathurusingha, the New South Wales assistant coach, is one of two candidates for the job and a decision will be made next week.

Bangladesh's next series is against India at home in June and the BCB is looking to appoint a full-time coach before the three ODIs. If that is not possible, the board will appoint a local coach in the interim and the full-time coach will begin his term in July.

"We are in talks with a few coaches and Hathurusingha is one of them," Hassan told the media. "There is someone else as well, but we haven't finalised anyone yet. I have received some information today. Both are ready to join us, but there are some issues with payment, terms and conditions and clearance.

"We would like a coach to join immediately. If one of those with whom we are talking to is prepared to come early, we will choose him. Otherwise, we will employ a local coach for the India series. We are hoping to take a final decision by Monday."

Hathurusingha is a frontrunner for the position, after several positive reviews the BCB directors have taken into account. He is reputed to be a well-rounded coach, knowledgeable about technique and tactically astute - qualities that allowed him to make good use of limited talent as a player.

In a letter about Hathurusingha to Sri Lanka Cricket in 2010, Kumar Sangakkara had lauded the coach's "no nonsense" approach and his "even and fair" treatment of players. Sangakkara also said that during Hathurusingha's time as Sri Lanka's shadow coach, he had, "out-worked, out-thought and out-shone the foreign coaching staff within the system". At the moment, Hathurusingha holds a coaching position with New South Wales, and was put in charge of Sydney Thunder.

ESPNcricinfo understands that within the BCB's special committee to search for coaches, Hathurusingha is being viewed as a long-term option. His background as a Test batsman, his work with Sri Lanka and New South Wales and the overall feeling that while he isn't exactly high-profile, his coaching has earned him plaudits, is exactly what the BCB is looking for. Hathurusingha, however, had recently expressed interest in coaching Sri Lanka, though SLC has not made an approach yet.

Hassan also said two specialist coaches will be employed on a part-time basis before the 2015 World Cup, but he ruled out any local coaches taking over the Bangladesh team. "A local coach has little chance to become the head coach of the Bangladesh team but they could be taken in positions in the High Performance Academy and as assistant coaches.

"We have talked to two specialist coaches, so we will employ three local coaches with each one of them. These specialist coaches will come to Bangladesh before the World Cup thrice."

Additional reporting by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Shoaib on May 18, 2014, 14:05 GMT

    I think an asian coach is a wise move. But the major problem why Bangladesh loses games games which they should have won is due to their poor bowling attack which clearly lacks serious venom. That's why I feel Bangladesh will never win test matches against teams apart from Zimbabwe. Only Shakib is the decent bowler they got but he's still no Ajmal or Warne. Fast bowling is by far the worst of the 10 test playing nations but for once there are signs of promise with emergence of Al-Amin and Taskin.

  • Dummy4 on May 18, 2014, 3:24 GMT

    I think that a Asian coach would be better for Bangladesh because it will be easy for the coach to adapt in Bangladeshi climates and their off field mindsets with it. But then again Bangladesh team needs to improve on their winning habits more. It is completely normal for the coaches to be frustrated.

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2014, 20:40 GMT

    Hathurusinghe being with NSW will be good for him.

  • Shah on May 17, 2014, 17:36 GMT

    So now BCB is looking for a SL'n coach..but does a SL'n coach would be better than a white coach from likes of AUS or SA or any other test playing country? for bowling coach PAK or AUS won't be bad either.. but anyway this would be interesting now as he is more habituated to subcontinent condition & so BD..but i hope it gets better for BD by any means...who ever coach BD but atleast he would be better than any IND'n coach for sure, especially due to political issues & also attitude to some circumstances... but better luck this time for upcoming series after few real unexpected shocks this year in last 3 series!

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    I am not worried about weather Hathurasingha will be the coach for BD or not, but I am wondering about Aussie domestic infrastructure. They arrived in such a position which is rally attractive for any test nations. NSW appointed such a high profiled coach like Hathurasingha for whom test nations like BD and SL are crying out. Even test country India cant think to appoint such a high profile coaches in their first class sight. Though they do it for IPL, but its temporary just for couple of months. Being a Bangladeshi fan steel I am dreaming that one day BD will also employed highly profiled coaching staffs for their domestic sides (doubt enough weather it will ever come true).

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    I doubt former SL test opener and bit of make shift "all rounder" would think few times to leave the better work conditions, more united, enthusiastic players and the momentum he has built in NSW. But coaching a national side again will be good for him in long run too.

  • Baundule on May 17, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    I think, it is a good move by the BCB. As a player he was more about intelligence than natural talent. So, he must be a coach with brain. In general, Sri Lankan coaches prefer less talking and more working.

    The only problem I see is how he will be welcomed by our superstar non-performing players. Hathurusingha is likely to put 'team' above individuals.

  • Dummy4 on May 17, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    Chandika is trying to choke him self in here ,Bangladesh upcoming tours are very tough.. Bangladesh have so much talent no doubt about it , you can see how well Bangladesh U19 cricket dominating in world cricket , but unfortunate most of the fans thinks that since they do well in low level of cricket they can dominate in international cricket as well ,most of the top teams in Asian cricket took lots of years to win a test match , so hope Bangladesh fans will go ease on chandika , Good things come to those who wait , so be patient Bangladesh and good luck ;)

  • SLisbest on May 17, 2014, 0:52 GMT

    Chandika Hathurusingha -- Maybe India teams next coach(post Duncan fletcher). Chandika - You made SL's proud. Keep going. India need good coach to play well in Australia 2014-15 Test Series & World cup (or anothe 0-4;nil in cards). They need to get trained well in Fast bowling/bouncier pitchers(Their weekness). Chandika had good knowledge about Australian/Newzland pitches. New South wales enjoyed stint with him.

  • mohammad on May 16, 2014, 22:36 GMT

    Heath Strik from Zimbabwe will probably be the bowling coach.

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