The Bangladesh Cricket Board has extended head coach Chandika Hathurusingha’s contract until the 2019 World Cup. The decision to extend the contract was taken at a BCB board meeting on Sunday.
Contracts for assistant coach Ruwan Kalpage, fielding coach Richard Halsall and fitness and conditioning coach Mario Villavarayan were also extended for another three years.
Hathurusingha will also be part of the six-member selection committee, along with Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud and BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan. Bangladesh are going to bring major changes in their selection process. The squad will first be picked by the three-member panel headed by Faruque Ahmed, then passed on to the six-member selection committee for their views, and finally submitted to the president of the BCB, Nazmul Hassan.
“We have only legalized the current process,” Hassan said of the new process. “The cricket operations committee chairman will call the meeting with the selectors, coach, and manager. The coach will give his strategic input if he has any. The manager will give his and the captain’s input.”
Retired Bangladesh batsman Sajjad Ahmed, who was promoted to the three-man panel under Faruque, replaced former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar, who has been given the role of picking Bangladesh’s women’s teams.
The BCB are also in the midst of preparing a response to the two-tier Test proposal, although discussion on that matter was not entertained at Sunday’s board meeting.
“I stopped the CEO when he was giving a presentation on the two-tier system because the discussion itself is now at an early stage,” BCB president Hassan said. “It was only discussed at the CEC [Cricket Executives Commitee] level in the ICC.”
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