Jamie Siddons appointed batting coach of Bangladesh cricket team
Bangladesh have appointed Jamie Siddons as their new batting coach after Ashwell Prince resigned from his post on Wednesday. Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury had confirmed the development to Cricbuzz on Wednesday. Prince had cited 'family reasons' behind his decision to leave the job. Siddons was previously Bangladesh's head coach from 2007 to 2011. Here's more.
Siddons was first contacted in May last year
Siddons was first contacted in May last year when Bangladesh were trying to replace Neil McKenzie with a permanent batting coach. The BCB went on to shortlist Prince and Siddons, with the former Proteas player being appointed in July ahead of the Zimbabwe series. As per reports, Siddons' arrival is said to have played a role in Prince leaving the set-up.
Siddons will be the national team's batting coach: Hassan
"Jamie Siddons will be the national team's batting coach. We have heard from senior cricketers and board directors that he is a good coach, which is why we brought him here," Nazmul Hassan told Prothom Alo.
BCB looking to hire a specialist fast-bowling and fielding coaches
The BCB is also looking to hire a specialist fast-bowling and fielding coaches. However, it is unlikely that the board would hire anyone from overseas in place ahead of the Afghanistan series that begins on February 23. BCB's fast-bowling consultant for high performance unit - Champaka Ramanayake, is likely to work with the team in an interim role.
Bangladesh to tour South Africa in March
Bangladesh are set to tour South Africa next month. Bangladesh will be playing two Tests and three ODIs. The tour will start with three ODIs from March 18 onwards. This will be followed by two Tests from March 31 onwards. Both the series will carry vital points in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League and the ICC World Test Championship.
Bangladesh to face Afghanistan later this month
Later this month, the Bangladesh cricket team will be facing Afghanistan in a three-match ODI series. This will be followed by two ODIs. The limited-overs series will be held between February 23 to March 4.