Bangladesh Women coach Janak Gamage has resigned from his job because he found out that the BCB wouldn't be extending his contract for a third time later this year. His next assignment, he said, will be with Thailand Women.
Gamage, a former Sri Lanka fast bowler, was appointed by the BCB in August 2014 on a one-year contract, and he was given a second one-year contract last year after which he took the team to the Women's World T20 in India earlier this year.
"I am leaving Dhaka tomorrow," Gamage said. "I will work with the Thailand women's team from now. I did not get any offer for extension from the BCB. There is a tournament coming up in Thailand and they have called me. I have resigned because the BCB has not shown any interest in retaining me."
Despite being a foreign coach, Gamage had the added advantage of knowing the Bangla language; he picked it up having played in the Dhaka leagues in the 1980s. During his stint as coach, however, Gamage's only success was in the form of a 2-0 series win over Zimbabwe in unofficial T20s in November 2015, after which Bangladesh ensured qualification to World T20 in India by finishing runners-up in the qualifying tournament in Thailand. But, in India, they lost all their group matches.
Gamage said that the team has the talent, but it needs to be developed better. "I enjoyed working here," he said. "Always felt like home.
"The team has come a long way and can go further if it can overcome a few things. The other teams practise throughout the year but the Bangladesh team does not get that chance. They need to overcome this issue. I believe this team has a good time ahead."