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BCB to appoint Samaraweera as batting consultant

BCB to appoint Samaraweera as batting consultant

Though the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is yet to officially name the new bowling coach of Bangladesh national cricket team, it is all but sure that Caribbean all-time legend Courtney Walsh is the man set to take up the post that had been vacant ever since Heath Streak’s contract ended in May this year.

Walsh has also admitted getting new role in Bangladesh cricket, and according to reports, the West Indian legend is due to arrive in Bangladesh by September 5 to finalize the remaining formalities with BCB and join the Tigers national camp ahead of the series against Afghanistan and England.

Meanwhile, the BCB is also mulling to extend their existing coaching staffs, and in a bid to do so, they are going to hire two new batting consultants. It has been learnt through BCB sources that the board is now in talks with former Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera for the post. Though BCB director informed, “We are going to appoint two batting consultants — one will be Sri Lankan and the other will come from Australia.”

Samaraweera has experience of playing 81 Tests and 53 ODIs for Sri Lanka. He played his farewell Test match against Australia in Sydney back in the year 2013. After retirement, he had a short stint of working as the special batting consultant with some of Australia’s leading Test batsmen in a National Cricket Centre in BCB.

And now if everything goes as per planned, the Sri Lankan is going to be roped in by BCB for a 45-day contract. He is expected to join Bangladesh camp on September 19, one week prior to the Afghanistan ODIs, and in exchange he will get USD 500 for every working day.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,