Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League side Rangpur Rangers will not have Grant Flower as head coach for the tournament, team director Akram Khan said yesterday.
The Zimbabwean was present during the players’ draft last month and even formed the team, but the 48-year-old will not be available after taking the job as Sri Lankan national team’s batting consultant.
“Flower is not coming, so we have appointed Mark O’Donnell from New Zealand as the head coach of Rangpur,” Akram told the media.
Flower was already in talks with the Sri Lanka board when he came to Bangladesh and he opted to take that Sri Lanka job. He was previously the batting coach of Pakistan.
O’Donnell has worked as a coach in Auckland and also has experience coaching in T10 cricket and the Abu Dhabi T20 league. Meanwhile, Rangpur roped in Pakistani batsman Ahmed Shehzad, adding to their list of foreign players like Shai Hope and Mohammad Nabi. Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammad Naim and Taskin Ahmed are Rangpur’s local stars.