Bangladesh news November 1, 2016

Samaraweera to stay on as batting coach

Play 01:02
Samaraweera to stay on as batting coach

The BCB intends to extend Thilan Samaraweera's spell as Bangladesh batting consultant until next year's Champions Trophy. Cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan said that Samaraweera is prepared to stay on in his role.

"We are keeping him," Akram told "Everyone is positive about him. The coach wants him to stay back, and so does everyone else. He also doesn't have any reservations about it."

Samaraweera joined Bangladesh ahead of the Afghanistan series for a stint that was initially to run until the end of the England series. But now he will be part of the coaching staff for the tours to New Zealand, India, Sri Lanka, Ireland and England in the upcoming seven months.

Bangladesh's coaching staff has been revamped after Heath Streak and Ruwan Kalpage quit as bowling and assistant coach respectively earlier this year. Courtney Walsh replaced Streak while Samaraweera also joined as batting coach, though the BCB has said it is still looking for a spin bowling coach. Richard Halsall, previously the fielding coach, has been promoted to the assistant coach's position.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • Ashiqur Rahman on November 2, 2016, 12:30 GMT

    MASKING_TAPE: Not sure what you meant. Hathura was the one who decided not to pick Taskin and Mustafizur at this time. Because no point playing them against a English side who are fat better than BD handling pace bowling attack. A pace bowling attack in ODIs and T20s are less complicated than a pace bowling attack in Tests. BD picked Rabbi and Shafiul because of their fitness. Mustafizur and Tasking both did not play FC for years. Taskin played FC back in 2013. So the adapt the gruelling Labour being a test, they have to get the rhythm slowly slowly. This is why taking down 5 different sides in ODIs are less important than taking down a heavyweight in Test. Walsh and Hathura are on right track. Streak was a good bowler but was not up to the mark in Tests.

  • Dik on November 2, 2016, 4:40 GMT

    Although I'm okay with them sticking with the same batting coach, I'm not happy with a Walsh as a bowling coach. It's been a complete downgrade from Heath Streak. Streak might not have been a legendary player but he was a great bowling coach, setting up a stop bowling attack that took down 5 different side. While Walsh out here suggesting we pick guys like Rabbi and Shafiul! I really jealous of Zim getting Streak back. I want BCB to find a more suitable bowling coach, someone who's COACHING work speaks for themselves, not his playing stats. (Otherwise we wouldn't have Hathuri as a HC either)

  • Shabbir on November 1, 2016, 23:19 GMT

    More adjustments and more improvements. The BCB for all their faults are still being active.

  • Shakib S Rahman on November 1, 2016, 22:27 GMT

    It's always necessary to give a batting coach enough time to see the results. Good move.

  • Dar on November 1, 2016, 21:23 GMT

    That's a good decision by BCB

  • jordan on November 1, 2016, 21:05 GMT

    I know most people will suggest someone from subcontinent as spin bowling coach. But I would like to suggest someone totally different who has vast experience and reputation. "DANIEL VETTORI"

  • Steve on November 1, 2016, 20:49 GMT

    BD have very good coaches now and hope they can keep them. Too often in the past, very good coaches had quit due to interference by all and sundry trying to influence selection of the team, rampant occurrence in sub-continent. If only the coaches are allowed to do their job without fear of losing their job, BD would have progresses even more by now.

  • No featured comments at the moment.