Domingo doesn’t want Siddons, senior players unclear
Bangladesh team’s decision-making group is unsure of whether to welcome Jamie Siddons back after 10 years.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) may not continue with Jon Lewis, the Englishman who was appointed in January this year, as the men’s team’s batting coach. Siddons, the former Bangladesh head coach, was in line to return as batting coach.
But that is jeopardised with current head coach Russell Domingo unwilling to welcome the Australian. Even though Bangladesh showed signs of improvement during Siddons’ tenure (2007-11), it wasn’t without controversies.
The senior players – Shakib Al Hasan, who captained during Siddons’ era, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah Riyad – are confused to take a stance on his return.
Ever since Neil McKenzie’s departure, Bangladesh struggled in finding a batting coach. New Zealand’s Craig McMillan was appointed last year when Bangladesh were supposed to visit Sri Lanka in September-October. McMillan opted out of the tour with personal reasons, with the tour being eventually postponed due to quarantine complications.
BCB wants a batting coach and a spin coach before Bangladesh leave for Zimbabwe on June 29 to play one Test, three ODIs and as many T20Is. The Tigers have a busy home schedule on returning home as they are scheduled to play Australia, New Zealand and England ahead of the T20 World Cup.