The ninth season of the Bangladesh
Premier League (BPL) will start in January next year. The BPL players’ draft ended on November 23 ahead of this event. However, the hiring of coaches has not stopped yet. Former Bangladesh national cricket team trainer Mario Villavarayan has been appointed as the assistant coach of the latest BPL team Premier Bank Khulna Tigers
Khulna confirmed the news through a post on their Facebook page on Tuesday. Khaled Mahmud Sujon, the former Test and ODI captain of the national team, is in charge of the team's head coach.
It should be noted that in 2014, Villavarayan was appointed as the strength and conditioning coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, replacing David Dwyer. His contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) was extended for two more years after the conclusion of the 2019 ODI World Cup.
However, he submitted his resignation to BCB in February 2020 to join Indian Premier League (IPL) side Sunrisers Hyderabad. He was also appointed as the pace bowling coach as well as fitness coach of Jaffna Stallions ahead of the inaugural edition of the Lankan Premier League (LPL) starting in 2020.
Former Sri Lanka
cricketer Villavarayan retired from cricket at the end of the 2004–05 domestic season. Later he moved to Australia
for coaching career. He then spent two years as a cricketer and coach for Preston CC in Melbourne. He later qualified as an Australian Level II coach and earned a bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. Villavarayan also has a three-year degree in Sports Science from Australia.
Khulna have now won BPL so far. Although the team have participated in every season of BPL since 2012. The team's biggest achievement was being runner-up once.