Former Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath and South African former batsman, Ashwell Prince has been appointed as Bangladesh’s national team consultants, Bangladesh Cricket Board confirmed on Saturday. While Rangana Herath has been appointed as the bowling consultant, Ashwell Prince has been roped in as the batting consultant.
Earlier reports emerged as Rangana Herath was the front-runner to replace Daniel Coach as the bowling coach. The former will take over the post from the interim coach Sohel Islam. On the other hand, Ashwell Prince has replaced Jon Lewis for the position. Herath will join the Bangladesh coaching team in Zimbabwe and will be in the role until the end of Bangladesh’s campaign in this year’s T20 WC.
“At this point, getting a coach is very difficult due to Covid, so we have picked them on a short-term basis and if we find them satisfactory, we will continue with them,” Bangladesh Cricket Board cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told reporters on Saturday.
“Prince was a good batsman and we have spoken with our head coach (Domingo) before including him in our set-up. If the players like Herath and we are happy certainly we will think about him beyond the T20 WC,” he said.
Speaking of Rangana Herath, the former Sri Lankan spinner has played 93 Tests and 71 ODIs, picking 433 and 74 wickets respectively. On the other hand, Ashwell Prince represented South Africa in 66 Tests and 52 ODIs, scoring 3665 and 1018 runs respectively.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh has named the Test squad for their tour to Zimbabwe. All-rounder Mahmudullah has been added to Bangladesh’s Test for the upcoming tour.
Bangladesh Test squad: Mominul Haque (c), Tamim Iqbal, Shadman Islam, Saif Hassan, Najmul Hossain, Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan, Liton Das, Yasir Ali, Nurul Hasan, Mehidy Hasan, Taijul Islam, Nayeem Hasan, Abu Jayed, Ebadot Hossain, Taskin Ahmed, Shoriful Islam, Mahmudullah.