Craig McMillan could be Bangladesh batting coach for SL series
Former New Zealand cricketer Craig McMillan could be Bangladesh’s batting coach in the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka. The BCB is considering McMillan as a replacement for Tigers batting coach Neil McKenzie as he is reluctant to work on the tour of Sri Lanka.
Former Proteas cricketer McKenzie is Bangladesh’s batting coach in limited overs. However, he also coached the batting series against India at the end of last year. Bangladesh will play three Tests in Sri Lanka after overcoming Corona’s obstacle. The BCB also wanted McKenzie as the batting coach in these three Tests.
However, Mckenzie is not interested in working on this long tour. To avoid the risk of corona, Bangladesh will have to migrate to Sri Lanka a month before the start of the series. Many restrictions must be obeyed. McKenzie does not want to be associated with the team in such a strict manner.
So the board has to think of alternative arrangements for the Sri Lanka series. Whoever will be in charge of this series will join the team as an interim batting consultant. Macmillan is ahead in that race.
The former New Zealand cricketer has long been the team’s batting coach. Under McMillan, New Zealand reached the finals of the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. After the 2019 World Cup, he did not work with New Zealand.
Regarding McMillan, Akram Khan, chairman of the BCB’s cricket operations committee, told CricBuzz,
“His [McKenzie] chances of going to Sri Lanka are 50-50. We are trying to convince him [McKenzie] as we want him, but he does not seem to be keen, and if that is the case, we will have to find someone as a replacement, but he will be appointed on a short-term basis. We are talking with a few other candidates and McMillan is one of them, but nothing is finalized at the moment… we are hoping to sort out the matter soon,” he added.