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Walsh named interim head coach for Nidahas Trophy

Bangladesh announced their squad for the upcoming Nidahas Trophy on Monday. As much as some inclusions in the squad were shocking, the announcement of the interim coach was even more.

Current bowling coach Courtney Walsh will act as head coach for the tri-series. Walsh takes over from Zimbabwe-born Richard Halsall – who was appointed interim head coach after Chandika Hathurasingha took over Sri Lanka’s national team.

Halsall had acted as Bangladesh’s fielding and assistant coach since mid-2014. He was appointed as head coach after the board failed to find a replacement for Hathurasingha before the ODI tri-series in January.

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While the reason for Halsall’s unavailability for the tournament remains unclear, Walsh takes over on an interim basis. Khaled Mahmud – the former Bangladesh all-rounder, who performed the role of technical director returns back to his usual post of team manager of the Tigers.

The tri-nation T20I series involving India and Bangladesh gets underway on March 6 at Colombo’s R. Premadasa Stadium. The final of the tournament will take place on the 18th March.

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