Steve Rhodes Courtney Walsh Bangladesh Cricket Board Head Coach Gary Kirsten Chandika Hathurusingha
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Bangladesh named former England Test cricketer and Warwickshire Steve Rhodes as Head Coach, thereby ending a long-hunt for a successor to Sri Lankan Chandika Hathurusingha. Rhodes, 53, told reporters in Dhaka that Bangladesh is “a wonderful cricket nation. The support that the boys get in the Bangladesh team is tremendous. Personally to be involved in a major role, to be given the responsibility by the President and Board, is a fantastic honour and it’s a privilege to be involved in Bangladesh cricket.”

Bangladesh have been without a coach since Hathurusingha stepped down in October after a successful three-year stint. Courtney Walsh, in charge of the team’s fast bowling unit, was given interim overall responsibility during the Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka in March. Walsh is also in charge of the team in the ongoing T20 International series against Afghanistan in Dehradun, which Bangladesh have already lost.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) hired Gary Kirsten as its consultant to help it find the right person for the job. ”Steve Rhodes was on top of our list. His name was also in Kirsten’s list. We spoke to him face to face today and we are satisfied fully,” BCB head Nazmul Hassan told reporters.

Rhodes played 11 Tests and 9 ODIs for England, but is remembered for his First-Class career. He had 1,139 catches and 124 stumpings to his name, and his 1,263 dismissals are the eighth-highest in First-Class history.

Rhodes has been given a two-year contract lasting until the 2020 World T20. He coached Worcestershire for 11 years until being sacked last year.