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Sunil Joshi roped in to help Bangladesh spinners for Australia Tests

Sunil Joshi, who has played 15 Tests and 69 one-day internationals for Indian cricket team, will work with the Bangladesh national cricket team as spin consultant for the home Test series against Australia cricket team and the South Africa tour after that.

cricket Updated: Aug 22, 2017 15:08 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Dhaka
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Former Indian cricket team and Karnataka Ranji Trophy team spinner Sunil Joshi will be able to give valuable inputs for Bangladesh National cricket team bowlers during the series against Australia cricket team.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)

Bangladesh’s cricket board announced Tuesday that former Indian cricket team bowler Sunil Joshi has been appointed the squad’s spin consultant after Australian Stuart MacGill turned down the coaching gig.

Sunil Joshi, a left-arm spinner, will join the squad as a bowling coach ahead of their first Test against Australia cricket team starting this Sunday in Dhaka, Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said.

The board had hoped to reel in MacGill for insight into Australia’s bowling attack, ahead of their first tour of Bangladesh in more than a decade.

But officials said MacGill, a former right-arm leg spin bowler who took 208 wickets in 44 Tests for Australia, declined the offer for personal reasons.

The spin bowling job had been vacant since Ruwan Kalpage, a former Sri Lankan player, left last year.

Joshi will stay for two months and also join Bangladesh for their tour of South Africa, Yunus added.

He was approached in February during Bangladesh’s tour of India, their first there since gaining Test status in 2000.

Joshi won man of the match in Bangladesh’s inaugural Test match against India in 2000, when he scored 92 runs and took eight wickets in the best batting and bowling figures in his 15-Test career.

Joshi, who also played 69 one-day internationals, has an impressive first-class record having taken 615 wickets from 160 games.

Bangladesh have not played a Test against Australia since Ricky Ponting’s team visited the country in 2006.

Australia will play two Tests against Bangladesh, the first starting Sunday and the second on September 4.

First Published: Aug 22, 2017 15:08 IST