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Calefito is expected to join the Bangladesh Team ahead of the one-off Test match against Afghanistan in Chittagong next month. @ AFP

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) on Tuesday appointed Julian Calefato as the national team physiotherapist. The 40-year-old South African and Italian national is a specialist on injury prevention and management.

According to a report in Dhaka Tribune, the BCB has made a contract with Calefato until the end of November 2021.

“Calefito brings with him comprehensive sports physiotherapy expertise and will be a welcome addition to the national team set up,” said BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury in a media release.

Calefito has previously worked with Gloucestershire County Cricket Club, Derbyshire County Cricket Club, Western Province Cape Cobras and had provided services to the England and Wales Cricket Board both as a physiotherapist and a strength and conditioning coach.

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Besides cricket, he has worked in other sports and organisations include America’s Cup sailing, the Springbok Rugby Union, the Sports Science Institute of South Africa, the Volvo Ocean Race (Team China), Loughborough University and elite ice hockey in Switzerland.

Calefito is expected to join the Bangladesh team ahead of the one-off Test match against Afghanistan in Chittagong next month. He will succeed Thihan Chandramohan who was denied an extension by the BCB following ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

The new signing has become the fifth South African in Bangladesh’s coaching staff which includes head coach Russell Domingo, pace bowling coach Charl Langeveldt, fielding coach Ryan Cook and batting consultant Neil Mckenzie.