Nixon refuses Bangladesh HP coach offer, Champaka appointment looms
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has been caving in the High-Performance Unit for several years to ensure a good supply line of young cricketers in the national team. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ নিক্সনের প্রত্যাখ্যানে প্রধান কোচ হচ্ছেন চম্পকা]
In the process, BCB offered Leicestershire head coach Paul Nixon to lead the development program. But in the recent development, Nixon has turned down the offer. Following his rejection, BCB is now set to appoint former Sri Lanka seamer Champaka Ramanayake in the role.
HP chairman Naimur Rahman Durjoy said, “Champaka is working with us for long time and he has good relationship with the players so naturally he is front runner to take up the head coach role. We will make a decision after talking with BCB president Nazmul Hassan.”
It can be noted that the former Sri Lankan pacer Champaka Ramanayake has been leading the bowling unit of HP team for the last two years and now is ready to take the higher role.
The 55-year-old Ramanayake said, “I personally wanted to be head coach of HP team and I have good knowledge about the boys. I have worked with them in Academy and HP team for last two years. We have been champion in Emerging Asia Cup and SA games and this makes me hopeful of getting the head coach of HP team.
“I also know that they approached Paul Nixon for the post but he refused. I would be thankful if board keep faith in me,” he added.
We have been champion in Emerging Asia cup and SA games and this makes me hopeful of getting the head coach of HP team. I also know that they approached Paul Nixon for the post but he refused. I would be thankful if board keep faith in me,’’
Champaka said further.
The High-Performance Unit is expected to run a four-month camp from May.
Nixon worked with Bangladesh Premier League side Chattogram Challengers during the seventh edition of the competition, which concluded in January. Before that he worked as the head coach of Leicestershire since October 2017 after ending the career of a cricketer for four decades in two spells of terms.