Dhaka, Sep 4 (IANS) West Indies pace legend Courtney Walsh on Sunday said he always dreamed of coaching a national team after leaving a glittering 17-year career behind.
So, he had little to think over when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) offered him the position of bowling coach, reports bdnews24.com.
The 53-year-old Jamaican set foot in Dhaka on Saturday night. He arrived at the BCB offices on Sunday afternoon to complete the formalities of his three-year contract.
“I think the opportunity presented itself. I’ve always dreamed of being involved with an international team. I didn’t have to think too hard about this opportunity,” Walsh later told reporters.
“There was something that I wanted to get done as well, so I am happy to be part of it.”
Walsh – the first bowler to reach the landmark tally of 500 Testwickets – credited BCB Chief Executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury for clearing up any doubt which he may have had.
“I remember when Nizam got in touch with me and said they were interested, I said let me think about it,” he added.
“We went back and forth but when he said ‘you are our No. 1 target’, that was something that I gave it a serious consideration.
“It showed that they wanted to take their cricket to another level. We started the chat from there and I am here.”
Having previously praised Chandika Hathurusingha’s exploits as head coach in the growth of Bangladesh cricket, he hoped to contribute to the team’s success.