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Cricket news - The challenges that await the new Bangladesh coach
Bangladesh will be picking their new head coach within the next couple of weeks as they aim to work past their disappointing performance in the World Cup. Coming close on the heels of their exit was a "mutual separation" with Steve Rhodes, which meant that the team was under the wings of a fill-in coach on their tour of Sri Lanka. And their poor performance there is another reason why appointing a new head coach sooner rather than later makes sense.
BCB have already interviewed former South African head coach Russel Domingo while there is speculation that former New Zealand head coach Mike Hesson might be among the three coaches shortlisted for the role.
But no matter who takes up the job, the new coach will have his task cut out, considering foreign coaches need to deal with lots of pressure, both inside and outside the Bangladesh dressing room. We look at some of the challenges that await the newly-appointed coach in the Bangladesh cricket ecosystem:
Interference from BCB president
That Bangladesh cricket revolves around the whims of Nazmul Hasan is an open secret. Nazmul has, on several occasions, openly stated that he had asked the national coaching staff to change the playing XI. Board president being constantly involved in team selection is not the norm in other cricketing nations but it has become one in Bangladesh, and it is something that the new coach will have to deal with.
It is understood that former head coach Chandika Hathurusingha managed to have his way only because he understood very early that it was better to discuss his plan with Nazmul instead of going through the cricket operations committee, to which he was accountable to.
Rhodes, however, failed to get that straight into his head immediately after joining the national set-up, and when he did wrap his head around things, it was too late.
While Nazmul's intentions may be for the betterment of Bangladesh cricket but what is the point of having a national head coach if he cannot execute his plans with total freedom?
The absence of Mortaza, and managing the seniors
The absence of Mashrafe Mortaza in the national dressing room will surely be something to deal with for the new coach, considering Mortaza, on his final lap as an international cricketer, has been known for making the dressing room comfortable for the coaches.
Apart from that, there's the so-called fabulous five - Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal, Shakib al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah. And more often than not, these cricketers have handled the burden of scoring the runs and picking wickets. The competition among the seniors in the national dressing room is said to be one of the major reasons behind Bangladesh's success and it will be up to the new coach to ensure that it remains that way.
Responsibility for juniors
While Bangladesh have been dependent on a core group of cricketers for long, the juniors don't seem to be stepping up. To name a few, there's Mustafizur Rahman, Soumya Sarkar, Liton Kumar Das, Mossadek Hossain, Mehidy Hasan, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Mithun, Rubel Hossain, Mominul Haque, Taijul Islam and Mohammad Saifuddin, the new kid on the block, in the mix. Apart from Mustafizur, no one has come close to fulfilling the expectations. It's an area of concern for the new coach, who in the company of national selectors must find a way to motivate fringe cricketers while making them less insecure about their playing spots.
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