Bangladesh’s cricket coach: Mike Hesson, Grant Flower and Chandika Hathurusingha among frontrunners for BCB
Bangladesh candidates: Mike Hesson, Grant Flower, Chandika Hathurusingha

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has shortlisted Mike Hesson, Grant Flower, Chandika Hathurusingha, Paul Farbrace and Russell Domingo for the role of head coach of the Bangladesh cricket team, reports ESPNcricinfo.

Former New Zealand coach Hesson today announced on Twitter that he has resigned as coach of IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab, and has been linked to the job of coach of the Indian cricket team.

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During his six-year tenure with New Zealand, Hesson – described by Brendon McCullum as “the best coach the Blackcaps have ever had” – guided the team to new heights across all three formats. Under his tutelage, New Zealand played 53 Tests for 21 wins and 13 draws and won 65 of 119 one-day internationals and 30 of 59 T20s. In 2018, Hesson was named coach of KXIP in the IPL. The franchise finished sixth on the IPL 2019 points table.

Grant Flower, a veteran of 221 ODIs and 67 Tests for Zimbabwe during an international career that ran from 1992 to 2010, was signed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in 2014 to a three-year contract which in 2017 was renewed Flower for two years. On Wednesday, Flower was sacked by the PCB along with head coach Mickey Arthur and the rest of the Pakistan cricket team’s coaching staff.

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Hathurusingha, who coached Bangladesh from 2014 to 2017, was last month asked to resign as coach of Sri Lanka following the team’s poor showing at the World Cup, where they won just three matches. Under Hathurusingha, Sri Lanka lost 13 out of 20 ODIs played in the run-up to the World Cup which left them at No. 8 in the international rankings.

Paul Farbrace worked with the England team until earlier this year. © Getty

Former England assistant coach Farbrace is credited with helping kickstart England’s revival in one-day cricket and this year succeeded Ashley Giles as Warwickshire’s sport director. Farbrace had in 2018 declined an offer from the BCB as well, and the coach’s role went to Steve Rhodes.

Domingo coached South Africa from 2013 to 2017 and is currently in charge of the South Africa A squad.  He is the only South Africa coach who had witnessed his team winning a game in the knockout stages of the World Cup, back in 2015.

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Following Bangladesh’s failure to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, the BCB sacked Rhodes with board president Nazmul Hassan alleging that the Englishman did not address team strategies. At the World Cup, Bangladesh beat South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan and came close to beating New Zealand and India.

Other teams who have removed coaches post the World Cup are Pakistan and Sri Lanka, while Trevor Bayliss will step down as coach of England after the Ashes to take over as coach of Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL.

Former England coach Andy Flower has declined the BCB’s offer, which now leaves Hesson, Grant Flower, Hathurusingha, Farbrace and  Domingo as the frontrunner for the job of Bangladesh coach.

Russell Domingo was quick to defend the team’s poor showing in India.
Russell Domingo is currently coach of the South Africa A team. © Getty

According to ESPNcricinfo, former South Africa coach Domingo was the first candidate to be interviewed on Thursday and that Hathurusingha is a favourite of Hossain.

“We have started working with our shortlisted coaches,” the BCB’s media committee chairman, Jalal Yunus, was quoted as saying today. “We have just conducted an interview with Russell Domingo, the former South Africa coach. He is a real professional. He is well qualified. He gave us a presentation about what he thinks about Bangladesh cricket. It was satisfying for the BCB.

“We will interview the rest of the coaches on our shortlist. We have two more to interview in the next few days, and then we will choose between these coaches.”