Courtney Walsh to remain Bangladesh interim head coach for Afghanistan series
West Indies bowling great Courtney Walsh, who has been serving at the interim head coach of Bangladesh’s cricket team after the departure of Chandika Hathurusingha, is likely to continue to lead the team during their upcoming three-match Twenty20 series against Afghanistan.
Akram Khan, Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) cricket operations chairman confirmed Walsh’s extension after the former pacer had led Bangladesh to the final of the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka against eventual champions India. The Nidahas Trophy final saw Bangladesh witness heartbreak as Dinesh Karthik hit a last-ball six to give India the title in a thriller.
“If we cannot find any suitable head coach, those who were in the team management during the last series will continue. If we fail to rope someone as head coach, then Walsh is expected to act as the head coach considering his performances in the last series,” Akram told cricbuzz.com.
Sohel Islam, BCB’s game development coach and the current head coach of the Under-17 team was elevated to the teams fielding coach.
Bangladesh is scheduled to play three-match T20i series against Afghanistan in Dehradun at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium on June 3, 5 and 7. After the end of the series, Bangaldesh will then tour of West Indies in July-August where they will play two Tests, three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals.
The last two Twenty20 Internationals will see Bangladesh play in the USA for the first time, with both matches scheduled to take place in Lauderhill, Florida.