Courtney Walsh to continue as interim coach of Bangladesh as hunt for head coach continues

Courtney Walsh to continue as interim coach of Bangladesh as hunt for head coach continues

The former West Indies pacer will continue in his role as interim Bangladesh head coach.

Courtney Walsh
Courtney Walsh, Bangladesh bowling coach. (Photo by Martin Hunter/Getty Images)

When Chandika Hathurusingha had stepped down as the head coach of Bangladesh, the board had appointed former Windies bowler Courtney Walsh as the interim coach for a brief period. However, with the T20 series against Afghanistan approaching, the Bangladeshi board has decided to retain the former West Indian bowler to oversee the things. Notably, the board had recently roped in former South African batsman and coach Gary Kirsten who will help the board figure out a perfect match as the head coach before the tour of West Indies.

Bangladesh will play a 3-match T20 series in India‘s Dehradun against the Afghani side. Notably, Afghanistan has adopted India as their home ground. Bangladeshi side has been without a head coach ever since the departure of the former Sri Lankan allrounder.

The board released a statement confirming the same which read “The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Courtney Walsh Head Coach for the Twenty20 International series against Afghanistan in Dehradun, India. Walsh had performed the same role during the Nidahas Trophy tri-nation in Sri Lanka in March this year. The Bangladesh Team is scheduled to leave for Dehradun on 29 May to play three T20s on 03, 05 and 07 June.”

Backing Bangladesh to win the series: Walsh

55-year old Walsh was in the capital city Dhaka where he spoke to the media and talked about the upcoming series against the Aghan side which recently attained a Test playing nation tag. Walsh said that they won’t be thinking too much about winning or losing. “We won’t be thinking of losing and having a fear of losing. If we back ourselves, play good cricket, (we) will win,” said Walsh.

However, Walsh added that the team is aware that the Afghanistanis are ahead in the T20 rankings and hoped for a good contest. “They are ahead of us in ranking in T20s, which is something we are mindful of. It will be a good contest. I am backing my team to do their job but we are not going to be complacent,” said the former West Indian pacer.

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