Bangladesh news July 20, 2017

Samaraweera not to continue as batting consultant

Thilan Samaraweera was appointed the batting consultant in September last year © BCB

The BCB will not extend Thilan Samaraweera's contract as Bangladesh's batting consultant beyond the Champions Trophy, the board's chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury has said. Samaraweera was appointed in September last year and was given an extension till the Champions Trophy this year, but the board decided not to continue with him any more.

"We had a contract with him till the Champions Trophy, so now we have parted ways," Chowdhury told ESPNcricinfo.

The BCB is already looking for a new batting consultant, and among the names being discussed is former Australian first-class cricketer and coach Mark O'Neill. They could also be looking for a new physio if the incumbent Thihan Chandramohan does not report back to duty soon. According to Chowdhury, Chandramohan met with an accident earlier this month, causing him to miss the start of the training camp on July 10.

"We have been communicated that he (Thihan Chandramohan) was in an accident so it was impossible for him to join the training camp," Chowdhury said. "He is in hospital so we will wait for the appropriate time for him to join. We will have to look for a new physio only when he informs us whether he is unable to join the team."

Chandramohan had joined the Bangladesh team during the Sri Lanka tour before his stint was extended till the Champions Trophy in June.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dhawala on July 21, 2017, 5:01 GMT

    Saleem is dreaming What about DonaldBradman he will come to train your guys

  • Snehasis Biswas on July 20, 2017, 18:43 GMT

    Ponting, Smith

  • sachin on July 20, 2017, 18:37 GMT what dreams did you see Sachin and Dravid apply? Go back to sleep.

  • Soumen on July 20, 2017, 14:51 GMT

    English speaking or Indian coaches will not do. Karimganjis need a Karimganji coach. Wait, just play carefree

  • Cow on July 20, 2017, 14:51 GMT

    Hussy would be a great addition as batting consultant. They need a bowling coach too, Caddy is a legend but under him BAN were avg mostly.

  • Saleem on July 20, 2017, 13:35 GMT

    Some big names have already applied. Ricky Ponting, Graeme Smith, Sachin. it will be a tough call. Dravid also applied but was told he didn't have chance so he withdrew .

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