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Mark O’Neil to replace Samaraweera as batting coach


Former Aussie first class cricketer Mark O’Neil is all set to replace Thilan Samaraweera who recently has seen an end to his contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as a batting coach for Bangladesh national cricket team.

The Chairman of the BCB’s Operations Committee, Akram has confirmed the news authenticity while talking to the media.“O’Neil will come and BCB will have a talk to him. The contract with him will be done after the meeting,” said Akram Khan.

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Akram Khan also revealed that the new batting coach will mainly work with Bangladesh’s lower-order batsman. “He will mainly work the lower-order’s batsmen,” he added.

It has been learnt from sources that the cricket board was not satisfied with the work of Samaraweera and even the cricketers were disappointed with him.

As a result, the authority didn not wait long to end their contract with the former Lankan batsman.

However, the former aussie will be a surprise package for everyone as he didn’t play in international level. In the first class cricket, he played 76 matches and scored 3739 runs there.

Earlier, O’Neil coached New Zealand for a short period of time and then joined New South Wales as a batting consultant. He also worked as a batting coach for South Australia and Middlesex.

– Nazmus Sajid Chowdhury, Contributor, bdcrictime.com

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