Former Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill is the frontrunner for Bangladesh spin-bowling coach job. Ruwan Kalpage resigned from the job last year, and since then the position has been left vacant. There were talks between former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi and Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), but things did not take the final shape. Venkatapathy Raju, another former India spinner, however, worked as a consultant. Also Read - Rail Services Between West Bengal, Bangladesh Resume: How Will it Boost Trade, Connectivity?
“Our first choice for the spin-bowling coach is Stuart MacGill, initially for three months. We had spoken to 10-12 coaches for the spin-bowling role, almost all of whom responded and are interested. We have shortlisted two coaches for bowling coach positions. We haven’t had an agreement with either.” BCB president Nazmul Hasan was quoted as saying by ESPNCricinfo. Also Read- ACA ‘Would be Silly’ to Say no to Arbitration, Says Former Australian Captain Michael Clarke Also Read - India-Bangladesh Virtual Summit: PM Modi & Sheikh Hasina Restore Trans-border Chilahati-Haldibari Rail Link | All You Need to Know
Meanwhile, BCB is also in talks with former Sri Lankan fast bowler Champaka Ramanayake for the role of bowling coach at the High Performance Center. Also Read - 49th Vijay Diwas: Twitter Remembers India’s Historic Victory in 1971 War, Salutes Sacrifices of Martyrs
“We are in discussion with Champaka Ramanayake for the HP unit on a long-term contract,” Hasan said after the board meeting in Dhaka. Also Read- Players’ Union Sends Warning to Australian Players Over Pay Dispute
Bangladesh is scheduled to host Australia for two-match Test series later this month and then travel to South Africa for two Tests, three One-Day Internationals and one-off T20I.