Bangladesh news September 2, 2016

Samaraweera appointed Bangladesh batting consultant

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Thilan Samaraweera has previously served as batting consultant to Australia © Associated Press

Former Sri Lanka batsman Thilan Samaraweera has been appointed as Bangladesh batting consultant for the upcoming home series against England. This will be his second stint in this role with an international team, having already worked as batting consultant to Australia earlier this year.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan said on Friday that Samaraweera would be available only for one series, but added that the contract could be extended. He also said that the BCB was looking for a spin bowling coach, who could be appointed before Bangladesh's tour to New Zealand later this year.

"Thilan Samaraweera, the batting specialist, has been hired for the England series as a consultant," Hassan said. "We will see if we want to extend him. We are still looking for a spin bowling coach. [We will] get the best among those available. We hope to appoint one before the New Zealand series."

Meanwhile, fielding coach Richard Halsall has been promoted to the position of assistant coach after Ruwan Kalpage was sacked last month for ignoring instructions to report to duty. Halsall was part of the major shake-up in the coaching staff that came about in mid-2014, when head coach Chandika Hathurusingha was appointed.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Nadefr5020842 on September 4, 2016, 0:28 GMT

    @oldtimer seems to be getting too old for his own good as he shows us with that brilliant bit of reading comprehension there (or lack of it rather). Rousel was talking about any series BESIDES the wi series (and sl if I may add) that India has won overseas. But it seems they haven't won much after all.

  • Tariqul on September 3, 2016, 16:18 GMT

    Gr8gaur: Bangladesh normally don't get the chance to play test frequently. We played 6/7 matches in last two years and dont know the reason behind it. So how anyone can flourish if s/he doesn't get enough chances. We have talents and facilities. Hoping to show some better business in test match too.

  • drisit8846253 on September 3, 2016, 15:31 GMT

    samaraweera was a underrated player in his time. he could spend hours and hours in middle with the bat in hand. hopefully BAN batsmen will learn a thing or two from him.

  • J on September 3, 2016, 13:58 GMT

    How about a coach for the fans so they learn to be gracious in the numerous matches that they lose and remain humble when they have their once in a blue moon upsets against teams like Zimbabwe or UAE. we can't have fans losing all sense of proportion and declaring their team the next number 1 side of junior Australia after a win against Oman or Netherlands.

  • J on September 3, 2016, 13:51 GMT

    Short memories from roussel. India had just won't the recent test series against West indies 2- 0.

  • im.bin0605547 on September 3, 2016, 10:05 GMT

    @TIPU_ BD While I agree that BD has improved in ODIs, that too at home, they are still a hopeless test side... And tests being the pinnacle of cricket i'd say they haven't improved at all...

  • Anup on September 3, 2016, 6:31 GMT

    BCB is doing some decent jobs I must admit

  • vijay.9533219 on September 3, 2016, 6:05 GMT

    Samaraweera is a talented batsman. His inclusion to BD support staff should give chills up and down the spine of Eng,NZ and Ind teams since BD is going to play against them soon.

  • udendra on September 3, 2016, 5:42 GMT

    Samaraweera was a batsman with immense temparament. Will BD batsmen be able to learn a thing from him about being patient?

  • Suresh on September 2, 2016, 20:32 GMT

    Samaraweera is a good batting mind but who's there in BD to take his wisdom.

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