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BCB rope in Kalpage for coaching roles

ESPNcricinfo staff

August 10, 2014

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Ruwan Kalpage works with Ajantha Mendis during training, Galle, July 15, 2014
Ruwan Kalpage was Sri Lanka's acting assistant coach till the Galle Test © Associated Press
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Former Sri Lanka allrounder Ruwan Kalpage has been appointed as Bangladesh's assistant and spin-bowling coach, instead of the fielding -coach role that he was supposedly going to take over.

"I have signed a contract just now," Kalpage told reporters at the BCB headquarters. "The officials have informed me few days back that I am the assistant coach, and I am taking over spin, not the fielding part. My new assignment is national assistant and spin-bowling coach. I think they are trying to get a fielding coach."

BCB director Jalal Yunus said the change was made after Piyal Wijetunge decided against taking up the role. "We decided to appoint him as spin bowling coach after Wijetunge decided to stay home. We are now looking for a fielding coach," he said.

Halsall roped in as fielding consultant

  • Richard Halsall has been appointed as Bangladesh's fielding consultant for the tour of the West Indies in August and September. Halsall was the assistant coach of England between 2011 and 2014 and their fielding coach before that, from 2008 to 2010. He was Sussex's fielding coach between 1998 and 2006.

This will be Kalpage's second stint as a coach in Bangladesh, as he had spent two years between March 2008 and April 2010 as head coach of the National Cricket Academy. Kalpage has already worked with several of the current senior players, including Mushfiqur Rahim who was incidentally his first captain. Kalpage, however, expressed his disappointment that his second captain, Naeem Islam, was out of the side.

"I am very happy about some but Naeem Islam is not in the team," he said. "Mushfiqur Rahim was my first captain, after that Naeem. I asked them why he is not in the team, they said he has some bad performance in the A team.

"I am looking forward for people to work hard. I know their talent, and they can come back quickly to the team. They can contribute to Bangladesh cricket, and I am also looking forward to the newer players."

Kalpage was Sri Lanka's acting assistant coach till the Galle Test, but he left on the final day, having already resigned on August 4.

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Posted by Shajadul on (August 12, 2014, 3:00 GMT)

I hope BD can quickly grow up by utilizing SL former talents. I think in subcontinent, SL is the most professional and I hope they do well. Good luck BD team.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (August 11, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

Great move to hire Ruwan as fielding coach as he had been brilliant fielder of his time but I doubt his credentials as spin bowling coach. He had been utility spinner in ODIs with hardhitting batting skills but did not really show colors of a test bowler. With order of left spinners BD has, they should have some quality and experienced former left arm spinner to coach their team. Someone like Ashley Giles, Dan Vettori or Venkatpathy Raju.

Posted by Sinhaya on (August 10, 2014, 15:43 GMT)

Glad that Bangladesh are seeking my country people for coaching roles. Good luck Bangladesh from a Sri Lankan fan.

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