Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have appointed former England wicket-keeper Steve Rhodes as their new head coach. Bangladesh will certainly be relieved as the side has been without a head coach for past eight months following Chandika Hathurusingha resignation.
It is believed that Rhodes has been appointed with the recommendation given from Gary Kirsten. BCB appointed Kirsten as a consultant in order to help them find a new head coach of Bangladesh. The board is also interested in hiring Lance Klusener as a batting consultant. Steve Rhodes has played 11 Tests and 9 ODIs for England. He has head coach of Worcestershire for almost 12 years. He was sacked as the coach of the county side and U-19 England team after failing to report an incident involving Alex Hepburn, who was arrested.
Rhodes helped Worcestershire get promoted to English County Championship Division One in 2017. He also was given the task to find new talent for Worcestershire. BCB Chief Executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury stated that Rhodes was the ideal candidate for the post due to a vast amount of experience in English conditions that will help Bangladesh get adequately prepare themselves for the coming Cricket World Cup to be played in England next year.
Steve Rhodes will need to make a plan and present it to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) just like his predecessors like Phil Simmons and Richard Pybus. The 54-year old is set to join the national side training camp ahead of the upcoming tour to West Indies.
Bangladesh began their search for a head coach last year when began approaching Mahela Jayawardene, Andy Flower, Tom Moody, Justin Langer and Kumar Sangakkara. All of them turned down the role due to various reasons. Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons also applied for the post during this time and failed to get selected. Geoff Marsh and Paul Farbrace were short-listed candidates by Bangladesh Cricket Board but roped in Gary Kirsten as a consultant in order to help find Bangladesh’s new Head Coach.