Former South Africa player and former World Cup winning India coach Gary Kirsten has been targeted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board for a consultant’s role. If signed, he will join in February.
BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon has once again said that they are not in hurry to appoint a head coach after Chandika Hathurusingha’s departure.
“We are on the back foot, that’s for sure. Hathurusingha’s departure has been a blow. You can’t just take any coach, but someone who fits our environment and mentality. Bangladesh has reached a level which requires us to be thoughtful about bringing a quality coach. Not much chance of a trial and error; we cannot change much in our team. We are not in any hurry,” said Papon.
BCB has explained why the Kirsten is not going to be appointed as head coach. The South African is currently with Big Bash League team Hobart Hurricanes. He is also likely to be Royal Challengers Bangalore’s coach in IPL.
“We were talking to Gary Kirsten for a consultant’s role. He would help us figure out what coach to hire for our national team, high-performance side and the Under-19s. He is booked up to February, in the Big Bash. He is involved with the IPL and Big Bash, which is why he is not interested to be the head coach.
“If we permitted him to work in those leagues, then he may have agreed with us. But we can’t let our head coach go like that, which is what we have decided,” he explained.
Papon has said that Kirsten will play a role in developing Bangladesh cricket. The contract might be for six months as well.
“He is available in the time outside his other roles. At this point, both sides are interested in the [consultancy] role. He will have an overall role in the development of Bangladesh cricket. It might be for six months, but it is hard to pinpoint these things without talking to him first. He is probably coming after February,” he added.
-Ruffin, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com