Psychologist Alan Brown arrived at Dhaka yesterday along with Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha. He arrived at Sher-e-Bangla National stadium in Mirpur today and is expected to start his activities as the Tigers gear up for an afternoon practice session.
Hathurusingha has done well since taking up the Bangladesh job in January, winning a T20I series against England at home following a 2-1 loss in the ODI series
It wasn't quite the obvious reason – the players—but the conditions in England-- a neutral venue for Ireland's home series against Bangladesh—that bothered the Sri Lankan coach as his plans for preparation were somewhat hampered due to rain.
Mustafizur Rahman has found game time hard to come by in the ongoing Indian Premier League. The left-arm pacer, since joining his Delhi Capitals side on April 1, has only featured in two matches, remaining highly ineffective in both of those games.
Former South Africa batter Nic Pothas has been appointed as the assistant coach of the Bangladesh national men’s cricket team, stated a media release by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Thursday.
After having featured for a record 61 matches on the trot for Bangladesh, Afif Hossain eventually lost his place from the side following a run of subpar performances and the southpaw was consequently sidelined in both ODI and T20I series against Ireland at home.
Although Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha admitted the importance of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Sri Lankan advocates prioritising playing for the country ahead of the T20 franchise league.
Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha lauded the Tigers’ ODI and Test skipper Shakib Al Hasan for reaching the milestone of 7000 ODI runs in ODIs, saying that had the premier all-rounder played in conditions like England, Australia, or even India, he would have scored around 12,000 runs in the 50-over format.
Bangladesh head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has backed the experienced Mahmudullah Riyad, saying that the 37-year-old all-rounder is still in his plans.
The T20I side has a couple of new faces while some have returned the side after a while and head coach Chandika Hathurusingha said that the young team is helping the side get better in an area that he wants the team to excel in, especially in the T20I format.
Shakib was in a vibrant mood himself, joking with the batters as they took turns. He hit quite a few sixes and when there was a close one that just about reached over the fence, the likes of Shanto and Liton tried to take the mickey out of the captain arguing it was not a six.
Despite being among the most experienced pacers in Bangladesh’s bowling unit, Mustafizur Rahman’s listless performances in the 50-over format have quickly become one of the biggest concerns for the Tigers in recent times
Chandika Hathurusingha’s reappointment as Bangladesh’s coach for a second stint could not have come at a more agreeable time.
Things happened as if in a frenzy yesterday evening
Bangladesh opener Rony Talukdar's stellar run in the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League for the Rangpur Riders earned him a comeback to the Tigers T20I squad gearing up to face England in the three-match series next week.
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha was not interested to talk about the Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal issue. He wanted to look forward to the future leadership of Liton Das and Mehidi Hasan Miraz. The 54-year-old veered away from those issues and in the build-up to the series asserted that Bangladesh would have the upper hand in the contest.
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha believes the rumoured rift between two senior players won't affect the team's performance on the pitch.
Newly appointed Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha's first assignment in charge of the Tigers will demand his wits to help outplay the reigning world champions England at home.
There were a lot of expectations as Chandika Hathurusingha’s first press conference commenced on his return to Bangladesh’s head coaching role, but far from being explosive, the Sri Lankan appeared far cooler and composed than in his first stint.