Jaffer appointed as batting consultant for Sri Lanka series
Due to the absence of Neil McKenzie, former Indian batsman Wasim Jaffer has been appointed as Bangladesh’s batting consultant for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh will be playing the upcoming series against Sri Lanka without some key players including the members of the coaching staff. Batting coach Neil McKenzie will not be present during the series due to personal reasons while head coach Steve Rhodes and bowling coach Courtney Walsh have already been sacked.
McKenzie still hasn’t renewed the contract with Bangladesh and he won’t be available for the series. Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) appointed Wasim Jaffer and Champaka Ramanayake as the batting and bowling consultant respectively. They are both currently working with the BCB High Performance Unit.
BCB chairman Akram Khan said in a press conference on Monday –
“Champaka [Ramanayake] is also a very good bowling coach and we have him as our backup and now we will take him to this tour. Look, some of our coaches had requested for leave during the time of Sri Lanka tour as there was some problem regarding the tour [after the terrorist attack] and only was confirmed in the recent past. If McKenzie is unable to give us time [that is likely to be the case] then we will take Wasim Jaffer as the batting coach.”
However, Akram confirmed that they are not chosen as the replacements McKenzie or Courtney Walsh.
“They are not chosen as the replacement of McKenzie or Courtney Walsh. As per the contract with them, they are bound to take additional responsibilities,” he said.
Jaffer was seen working with Mohammad Mithun and Tamim Iqbal at the nets after the World Cup. He also worked with Soumya Sarkar before and the left-handed batsman gave credit to him when he scored a double-hundred in the National Cricket League (NCL).
“Shakib is going to perform the ‘Holy Hajj’ so we are going to miss him. Liton will also miss the tour because of his marriage. That was fixed for a long time ago. We will miss these two players,” he concluded.