Ahead of the upcoming Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have made notable changes in the coaching panel of the team as the assistant coach Richard Halsall has been sent on vacation and high performance squad’s head coach Simon Helmot will continue as batting coach while Champaka Ramanayake will do the job for the bowlers.
However it is to be noted that ll the appointments are only for the upcoming T20 tournament, which also features India and hosts Sri Lanka as the BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury claims so. He has informed the media Halsall is likely to return to work for training camps later this year, ahead of series against West Indies and Afghanistan.
“Richard Halsall is still our assistant coach,” Chowdhury said. “We have taken an internal decision that Simon Helmot, the HP head coach, will be the batting coach in the Nidahas Trophy. His experience at coaching T20 teams from around the world was taken into consideration. We have also appointed Champaka Ramanayake as the bowling coach for this tournament. We have limited our support staff for this short time.”
He further added, “Halsall will not be with the team for this tour. He is on holiday. He will join if we hold training camps for the West Indies and Afghanistan series.”
Meanwhile the CEO also hoped that Tigers skipper Shakib Al Hasan who missed the recently concluded Test & T20 series against Sri Lanka will be available for Nidahas Trophy.
“Shakib has already left for Thailand, to get another opinion on his injury,” Chowdhury said. “He has appointments with two orthopedics today, and we are hoping he can travel with the team on March 4.”