Five members of Bangladesh coaching staff opt out of Pakistan tour

Five members of the Bangladesh coaching staff has came out with the decision of not touring Pakistan for the upcoming three-match Twenty20 International series, starting from January 24 in Lahore.

Russel Domingo

They are spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori, trainer Mario Villavarayan, fielding coach Ryan Cook, white-ball batting consultant Neil McKenzie and computer analyst Shrinivaas Chandrasekaran. All of them informed Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) about their mindset, BCB Cricket Operations’ Committee chairman Akram Khan confirmed.

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“Strength and conditioning coach Mario [Villavarayan broke his hand recently while team analyst Chandrasekaran will be working with the team over Skype. McKenzie and fielding coach Cook will also not be going, while we haven’t yet confirmed on our new bowling coach,” Akram said. 

Meanwhile Bangladesh’s head coach Russell Domingo along with South African physio Julian Calefato are ready to make the tour that means Domingo will only have Calefato among the regular staff while fielding coach Sohel Islam and strength and conditioning coach Tushar Kanti Howlader will act as support staff.

Bangladesh will play three T20Is, a single ODI and two Test matches. The proposed three match twenty20 series will be held in Lahore on January 23, 25 and 27.

The first Test will kick off from February 7 in Rawalpindi followed by one ODI match on April 3 in Karachi. The Final Test is scheduled to start in Karachi from April 5.


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