The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) will finalise its new head-coach by April. Nazul Hasan, the president of BCB has confirmed this on Monday (March 12). The position has been lying vacant since the departure of Chandika Hathurusingha in November last year, following a dismal show in the tour of South Africa.
"We will finalise the head coach after the series," Nazmul has been quoted saying by a cricket website. "No point talking about it here as we are all currently away from home. But we are expecting to call two to three candidates [for interviews].
"We are hoping that our next head coach will join by April as we are determined to complete his selection by this month."
Currently, Bangladesh team is featuring in the three-nation Nidahas Trophy in Colombo and former West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh is performing the role of an interim coach. He is also the bowling coach of the Tigers and following the appointment of a full-time coach he will get back to his original role.
According to sources, Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons are the two strong contenders for the position. Both have given their presentations to BCB.
Englishman, Pybus has worked with Bangladesh before a head-coach from June to October 2012. His short tenure ended due to issues relating to his contract. On the other hand, Simmons, the former West Indies batsman is the current coach of Afghanistan senior team. Previously, he has also worked as a head-coach of West Indies and Ireland.
It will be interesting to know who, amongst the duo gets the final nod or whether a third name comes into the scenario.
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