With less the fifteen days before the World Cup 2023, the Bangladesh Cricket Board had appointed Sridharan Sriram as technical consultant of the national cricket team.
BCB appoints Sridharan Sriram as technical consultant
The ICC Men’s ODI World Cup 2023 is set to start on October 5 hosted by India. Recently, Bangladesh completed their Asia Cup Campaign with a knockout in the Super Fours.
On this occasion, the Board has decided to appoint Sriram as the new technical consultant for the marquee tournament. The Bangladesh director Khaled Mahmud confirmed the appointment on the media.
He said, “Yes, we have appointed him (Sriram) as technical consultant for the forthcoming World Cup.”
The Bangladesh Cricket Board appointed Sriram as a Technical Consultant ahead of the T20 World Cup last year. On that occasion, the board decided to introduce split coaching and handed the responsibility of Test and ODIs to Russell Domingo, who resigned from his post.
Later, the board replaced Domingo with Chandika Hathurusingha and he was appointed as the head coach for all formats and marked the end of Sriram’s Tenure with Bangladesh in his first Stint.
Bangladesh skipper Shakib al Hasan had been an admirer of Sriram and always backed him during the World Cup T20 where he became the highest scorer for his country in the event.
Bangladesh is set to play a three-match ODI series against New Zealand starting on Thursday. On this occasion, the injured senior players Tamim and Mahmudullah are making a comeback to their side after recovery. They have been rested during the Asia Cup.
Tamim who retired from the ODI captaincy last month, has recovered from a back injury and his match fitness is yet to be seen. With the absence of Shakib, Litton will be leading the side for the ODI series.
On the other hand, New Zealand fast bowler Tim Southee is sidelined from the squad and will be undergoing surgery on his fractured thumb which will decide the availability of the player for the upcoming World Cup.
Bangladesh and New Zealand are set to play their first ODI match on September 21 at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
It is almost 10 years since they played an ODI series in Bangladesh. They have played two tests, three ODIs and one T20I in 2013 where Bangladesh stunned the cricket world by defeating New Zealand in ODIs. Remembering that, Lockie Ferguson had admitted that playing against Bangladesh in their home ground would be a huge challenge.
After their ODI series against New Zealand, they will be playing warmup games against Sri Lanka on September 29 and against England on October 2 at Barsapara Stadium.