No agreement reached between Herath and BCB
Chances of seeing former Sri Lanka spinner Rangana Herath as Bangladesh men’s team’s new spin coach have become slim.
A Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) source has confirmed BDCricTime that the board could not reach an agreement with Herath. The Lankan legend has asked USD 1500 per day and said that he will work for 120 days. He called time on his playing career in 2018, ending as Sri Lanka’s second-most prolific Test wicket taker (433).
The BCB is seeking a long-term coach. Daniel Vettori, former New Zealand player, was signed for 100 days back in 2019. Border restrictions have put an end to Vettori’s tenure.
“The board isn’t interested in Herath. Although he’s a big player, he doesn’t have any coaching experience. BCB wants a long-term coach, not for 120 days,” BCB cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan told BDCricTime.
Sohail Islam has worked with Bangladesh as interim spin bowling coach in West Indies series and Sri Lanka Tests and ODIs. Akram said a few days earlier that while the BCB is in discussions with two more Asian coaches, the players prefer Sohail to stay.
“The spin coach will come from Asia. We have one candidate each from Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan. We are in talks and will finalise after discussing with our senior players and current coaching staff,” Akram said.
“The players’ preferences will also come into account. Honestly speaking, many of the players want Sohail to stay. We will decide after considering all factors.”
According to reports, Saeed Ajmal and Sairaj Bahutule are also among candidates for the post.