Bangladesh fielding coach Ryan Cook
Bangladesh fielders practising before the second Test © AFP

Ryan Cook has been named Bangladesh‘s fielding consultant, according to an ESPNCricinfo report. Cook will join the Bangladesh team before the second Test of the ongoing three-Test series against West Indies at Kingston, Jamaica, and will hold the post till Friday. Cook will replace Sohel Islam, who has been with Bangladesh on a temporary basis this year since Richard Halsall’s exit. Halsall, officially Bangladesh’s assistant coach, was essentially a fielding coach. Bangladesh had appointed Steve Rhodes as head coach in June.

Cook is Head Coach at Gary Kirsten’s Cricket Academy in Cape Town. He has been assistant coach at Hobart Hurricanes, South Africa A, and South Africa Under-19s. He is the son of Jimmy Cook of Transvaal and Somerset, who had played 3 Tests in South Africa’s early days after the Apartheid ban. Jimmy’s son and Ryan’s brother Stephen has played 11 Tests, the last of them as recently as in March 2017.

Bangladesh are having a tough time in West Indies. They had crumbled to a humiliating 43 inside the first session of the first Test of the series, at Antigua Recreation Ground, and had lost by an innings inside three days. They are also without the services of bowling spearhead Mustafizur Rahman.