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7 June, 2020 08:55:15 PM

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Tigresses to get coach after coronavirus pandemic

MD ABU TALHA SARKER, Dhaka
Tigresses to get coach after coronavirus pandemic

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been looking for a long time to fill the shoes of Anju Jain and Devika Palshikar as the board wants to start afresh with the Tigresses like their male counterparts after deadly coronavirus pandemic is over.

The matter of Anju and Devika came to the fore when they joined Baroda Cricket Association (BCA) recently. Both Jain and Palshikar — head and assistant coaches of the Bangladesh women’s cricket team — joined BCA without informing the board.

After the conclusion of the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in Australia, where Bangladesh did their worst performance as the Tigresses returned home empty-handed.

Jain and her deputy were widely criticised for the worst performance of the team, who went to female cricket extravaganza in Australia as an unbeaten champion team from the World Cup Qualifier.

Bangladesh had a target to triumph at least a match against Sri Lanka and if they could do so, they won’t to play the next ICC World Cup qualifying round.

But they lost to Sri Lanka ICC and even they surrendered to New Zealand having placed in winning position.  

It’s being said that the team didn’t triumph in any of those matches due to the decisions of the coaches. Rumours were rife in the team about the authoritarian decisions of coach and her aide, which stirred up a smothering anguish among the players. A string of players dropped from the team owing to their manipulation.

Along with that, there were allegations against the coaching staff that the way they handled the team ended up splintering the whole team into some groups; and the rift actually contributed to the team’s worst performance in the flagship event. Their toying with the cricketing spirit reverberated around the team.

Jannatul Ferdous Sumona, who was kept out of the team despite having performed well with bat and ball in World Cup Qualifier, was the important exclusion from the team beside Ayesha Rahman Suktara.

After being dropped from the national team, Sumona finally went to Australia getting an offer to play for Sydney Cricket Club, where the spinning all-rounder showed her dexterity with bat and ball as she scalped 19 wickets and scored 200-plus runs for her club, breaking its trophy drought in 2019.

Actually since then, there was an unhappiness and strained relation between the board and the coaching staffers, who understood the matter and were finding new addresses for them surreptitiously. And so, they didn’t feel the need to inform the BCB that they would not be in charge any longer.

Though BCB director and its women’s wing Chairman Shafiul Islam Chowdhury Nadel didn’t tell anything about the strained relation with the coaching staff, however, confirmed that they have started searching foreign coaches for the team.

“After the Australia T20 World Cup, we started looking for a new head coach and other coaching staff for the team. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, job of coaching staff recruitment has been delayed,” Shafiul Islam said.

“Our CEO (Nizamuddin Chowdhury) is handling the matter of foreign coaches. I had talked to him who informed me of getting a good response from the foreigners,” Shafiul told The Independent.

So many foreign coaches so far worked here in Bangladesh after Mamta Maben (India). Even an English coach was also here. Before Chamdika Gamagi, another Sri Lankan head coach worked with the Tigresses.

BCB women’s wing in-charge Tawhid Mahmood, who works closely with the BCB CEO, said they have not yet finalised anything due to the coronavirus problem.

“We’re doing what is more important for the board. It’s right that we had started working on hunting coaches for the team but it has been delayed for the COVID-19 problem,” said Tawhid Mahmood.

“There is no question of finalising whether coaches will be Asian, European or African. You know there is a process of coach appointment. The CEO himself handles the hunting fully. He brings the matter at a stage and then hands it over to the respective department to strike the final deal,” Mahmood told this reporter over phone.

“But the matter has not matured to that level. So, the appointment is not yet struck. It’s not a matter of two weeks or 14 to 15 days. It needs more time,” he added.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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