According to Jalal Yunus, the Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) cricket operations chairman, Ashwell Prince has quit as Bangladesh’s batting coach. Prince had been in charge for less than a year, despite the fact that his contract was meant to last until the end of 2022.
“We have received his resignation letter on email a few minutes ago. He has cited family reasons for his decision,” Yunus said. Consequently, Prince will not be part of the touring party of the Bangladesh squad for their upcoming tour to South Africa.
After Ottis Gibson’s recent decision not to extend his contract, Prince is the second member of the Bangladesh coaching staff to leave. The BCB’s choice to hire their recently appointed batting specialist Jamie Siddons in the national set-up is thought to have influenced his decision. His move comes a month after the BCB named former Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons as batting consultant in December last year.
“We have appointed him as the batting consultant,” BCB president Nazmul Hassan had said after bringing Jamie Siddons on board. “It is not yet finalised in which area he will work in, whether it is the High Performance, Under-19s or the senior team. We are hopeful that he will join in February 2022.”
Before making any decisions, the board is giving Siddons a few weeks to study the BPL and learn more about the local talent.
During their tour to Zimbabwe in July, Prince joined the Bangladesh team. The BCB renewed his contract till the end of the 2022 T20 World Cup the following month. Prince had quit as the head coach of the Western Province side of South Africa in order to take up the Bangladesh job permanently.
In last year’s T20 World Cup, as well as the home series against Pakistan, Prince supervised a tough era for Bangladesh, during which they struggled with the bat. They did, however, bounce back spectacularly in the Mount Maunganui Test, which they memorably won by eight wickets against New Zealand during his reign.