Former West Indies bowling legend Courtney Walsh is likely to become the new Bangladesh bowling coach. The legendary bowler will sign a contract that would run till 2019 ICC World Cup, according to ESPN Cricinfo.
However, Bangladesh Cricket Board nor Courtney Walsh have not made any public comments on the deal. Courtney Walsh will fly to Bangladesh next week to start his new job.
Walsh would be replacing Heath Streak who served as the Bangladesh bowling coach until May. The former West Indies player have not taken up any major coaching role since retiring from international cricket in 2001 and the new job would his first major coaching role.
He has previously worked as a mentor with Jamaica Tallawahs in the CPL, and as manager of the West Indies Under-19 team. He also served as part of the West Indies selection panel in the recent years.
Walsh becomes the second West Indies player to coach Bangladesh cricket team after Gordon Greenidge who steered Bangladesh to their first World Cup in 1999 via victory at the 1997 ICC Trophy.
The Bangladesh board is keen to develop pace bowlers in the country as the bowlers have been the focal point to their success over the last few years.
The likes of Musatfizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed, Shafiul Islam and Rubel Hossain would benefit the most from the new coach as he would be providing few tips to nurture the young bowlers in the country.
The board have already conducted a bowling camp recently under the supervision of former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed in an attempt to improve tiny details to increase speed and accuracy for young Bangladeshi pacers.
Bangladesh cricket is on a rise over the past one year as they have managed to tame Pakistan 3-0 at home followed by a series win against India and South Africa. They have also managed to reach the quarterfinals of 2015 world cup.