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BCB searching batting coach for Test side

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Monday 27 August, 2018 08:47:27 pm

BCB searching batting coach for Test side

Dhaka, Aug 27 (UNB) – Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is now in search of specialist batting coach for the Tigers’ Test side to gear-up the batting shape in the longest format.

BCB has focused to appoint a batting coach considering the Tigers batting average of 202 runs per Test innings in the last 12 months, which included the batting debacles on the last two tours to West Indies in July 2018 and South Africa in October 2017.

Neil McKenzie's [Tigers’ current batting coach] availability is being limited only to white-ball cricket and that has driven the board to look for a specialised coach, according to the BCB's Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

“Neil is a white-ball batting coach up to the 2019 World Cup, but we need someone for red-ball cricket,” said Chowdhury on Sunday.

“We preferred Neil to also look after red-ball cricket, but he is not available. Most of the coaching staffs assigned focusing on the World Cup, but we are considering someone who can help out in red-ball cricket as well as do other work,” the CEO added.

BCB took into consideration Bangladesh’s recent batting average, and found a problem on their hands that the Tigers’ didn’t cross 200 runs mark in an innings in the last three Tests, which has made the board worried.

With the almost same set of batsmen Bangladesh performed better in ODIs, as was seen during the West Indies tour when they won the ODI and T20I series after being swept aside in the Tests.

England is the only international side, which currently has batting coaches for specific format -- Graham Thorpe for ODIs and T20s and Mark Ramprakash for Tests.

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