Five Members of Bangladesh Coaching Staff Opt Out from Pakistan Tour
By Shruti - Jan 19, 2020 6:19 pm
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After veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, five members of the Bangladesh coaching staff have withdrawn their name for the first leg of the Pakistan tour later this month. Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) cricket operations chairman Akram Khan said that Neil McKenzie, the white-ball batting coach, is among those who have opted out alongside fielding coach Ryan Cook, as per the reports of ESPNcricinfo.

Bangladesh squad

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori, who is currently a spin consultant of BCB, has also not been called up for the series. Even the team analyst Shrinivaas Chandrasekaran has not included for being an Indian citizen.

“(Strength and conditioning coach) Mario (Villavarayan) broke his hand recently while team analyst (Chandrasekaran) will be working with the team over Skype. McKenzie and fielding coach (Cook) will also not be going, while we haven’t yet confirmed on our new bowling coach,” Akram Khan said.

However, the head coach Russell Domingo will have physio Julian Calefato among the regular staff while Sohel Islam (fielding coach) and Tushar Kanti Howlader (strength and conditioning coach) will be there in the series.

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Bangladesh will play three T20Is, two Tests and an ODI in Pakistan between January and April. The T20I series will take place from January 24-27, after that, the first Test will be played from February 7 to 11. Bangladesh will then return to Pakistan in April for the one-off ODI which will be played on April 3 and the second Test will take place from April 5 to 9.

Surprisingly, last year. half of the Sri Lankan team also opted out from their tour to Pakistan which included their captain Lasith Malinga. Their refusal was because of the security concerns there. However, Sri Lanka sent a rather inexperienced side for the series.