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Nic Pothas named Bangladesh's assistant coach

He will link up with the squad in Chelmsford in May for the three ODIs against Ireland

Mohammad Isam
Mohammad Isam
Nic Pothas has signed up for two years  •  AFP

Nic Pothas has signed up for two years  •  AFP

The BCB has appointed Nic Pothas, the former South Africa batter, as the Bangladesh team's assistant coach for the next two years. He will link up with the squad in Chelmsford in May when they will play the three-match ODI series against Ireland.
The board had announced recently that Bangladeshi coaches could also apply for the role, with only Mizanur Rahman Babul reportedly applying for the position.
"I am honoured to commit to the Bangladesh National Team. The depth and array of talent running through Bangladesh is exceptional and I believe we have some exciting years ahead of us," said Pothas.
The 49-year-old has previously been the interim head coach of West Indies and Sri Lanka in the last six years. His last role was as Hampshire's wicketkeeping coach. Pothas represented South Africa in three ODIs in 2000 and played 218 first-class matches, 236 50-over games and 79 T20s until 2011.
He joins Chandika Hathurusinghe (head coach), Allan Donald (pace-bowling coach), Rangana Herath (spin-bowling coach), Jamie Siddons (batting coach) and Shane McDermott (fielding coach) in the Bangladesh support staff.
Bangladesh have directly qualified for the ODI World Cup by winning 13 of the 21 games in the ODI World Cup Super League. They are likely to leave for Chelmsford in early May for the ODIs against Ireland on May 9, 12 and 14.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84