IPL 2016 February 9, 2016

Streak set to be appointed Gujarat Lions bowling coach


Under Heath Streak's guidance, Bangladesh have got a lot from the likes of Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman © AFP

Heath Streak is likely to be appointed bowling coach of Gujarat Lions, the new IPL franchise based in Rajkot.

Streak, the former Zimbabwe seamer and bowling coach, currently fulfils a similar role with the Bangladesh team but ESPNcricinfo understands that his contract is not exclusive and the BCB do not intend to prevent him taking the job.

Streak has developed a strong reputation as a coach. Since his appointment with Bangladesh, in May 2014, the team's ODI results have improved sharply with a good World Cup followed by maiden ODI series wins against India, Pakistan and South Africa. They have also seen a new batch of seamers - the likes of Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Rubel Hossain - develop into highly promising players.

Streak was contracted by Bangladesh to work for 450 days over two years, which runs out in June. He is set to join forces with Brad Hodge, the coach of the Gujarat Lions, and Suresh Raina, who has been named as captain, in his new role.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ramachandra on April 7, 2016, 10:41 GMT

    GL is a dark-horse for this IPL, they got everything right?

  •   Shakib S Rahman on February 9, 2016, 23:21 GMT

    How do you know it's not exclusive...BCB has many problems but doesn't have shortage of money.

  • Bang on February 9, 2016, 20:11 GMT

    Good luck Heath Streak with your new venture. We Bangladeshis do appreciate your commitment and sincere effort to raise Bangladesh bowling standard. Hope to see you within us soon.

  • Anup on February 9, 2016, 18:20 GMT

    Heath Streak is a nice person & a great motivator. Wish him good luck being a BD fan

  • Shipu on February 9, 2016, 16:59 GMT

    I hope BCB continues to extend his contract; it's doing Bangladesh Cricket good especially in regards to fast bowling. There's nothing wrong with taking an IPL contract - good luck with that.

  • Dik on February 9, 2016, 16:38 GMT

    Look at Bangladesh' bowling attack under Streak. It'd be insane to not extend his contract and keep him around for a long time. I love this coaching staff and BCB should do all it can to keep everything intact.

  • Cricinfouser on February 9, 2016, 16:25 GMT

    Heath had a superb out swinger for a right handed batsman and a handy number 8. Gujarat is making good choices.

  • Mohammad Islam on February 9, 2016, 15:30 GMT

    Streak is a walking legend in Bangladesh now. Hopefully his contract will be increased more than the 450 days.

  •   যুবায়ের আল জিহাদ on February 9, 2016, 15:09 GMT

    Bangladeshi bowler Mustafizur Rahman may be need him as a coach. .. Though there is a question .. will Mustafiz play in IPL 16?

  • Shafin on February 9, 2016, 15:04 GMT

    This is ridiculous decision by BCB. We should keep him for the upcoming pacers. He has done fabulous works with the national side. So, on what ground we are going to release him.........Can U (BCB) please explain. He is absolutely a brilliant coach.

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