Mahela and Sangakkara decline Bangladesh offers to become Head Coach


Bangladesh has invited Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara for the head coach position fell vacant with the exit of Chandika Hathurusingha.

However, both of them have declined the offer.

The BCB had also spoken to Andy Flower, Justin Langer, and Tom Moody as possible candidates for Hathurusingha’s replacement.

They also have declined. The BCB then interviewed Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons, who was named as Afghanistan’s coach on 31st of December.

In these circumstances, Bangladesh will be without a head coach for the upcoming ODI tri-series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, as well as the Test and T20 series against Sri Lanka.

The BCB president Nazmul Hassan said Richard Halsall, the assistant coach, will be in charge of coaching the side while Manager Khaled Mahmud, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mashrafe Mortaza will share responsibilities in the absence of a permanent head coach.

Hassan said while the coaching staff will remain in charge of their particular areas, Halsall will take an overall role. Mahmud, meanwhile, will work in a new role.


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