Ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 Bangladesh have made some crucial changes to their coaching staff. They have welcomed former Sri Lanka player Rangana Herath as their spin bowling consultant. Herath’s contract binds him with the team at least until the end of the forthcoming T20 World Cup.
Along with Herath, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have also hired Ashwell Prince as their new batting coach. Prince finished his international career back in 2014 and has served as an interim head coach for South Africa A for some time.
Prior to the T20 World, Bangladesh will travel to Zimbabwe in the coming week. It will be a perfect chance for the board to rate their new signings.
Bangladesh Cricket Board’s cricket operation chairman Akram Khan speaks about his new acquisitions
Akram Khan revealed that the two signings are yet to receive long-term contracts with the team. In an interview, Khan further said:
“We discussed Ashwell Prince’s appointment with coach Russell Domingo who rates him highly. He will be with us during the Zimbabwe tour, after which we will decide. Herath will be with us till the World Cup T20. If things go well, we will think about them as long-term options.“
Bangladesh will play one Test, three ODIs, and the same number of T20s against Zimbabwe in July. As mentioned earlier, this is the perfect opportunity to test the talents of both the hirings.
Herath enjoyed an excellent career with Sri Lanka, but can he be a similar success from the dugout? Only time will tell. Prior to Herath, Daniel Vettori was handling the coaching responsibilities for spin bowlers. However, the BCB decided not to renew Vettori’s contract after it expired in April 2021.
As for Prince, he will be filling the shoes of Jon Lewis. Lewis was let go of his position after just six months, as he failed to deliver the results that the cricket board was looking for.