Interim Fielding Coach of Bangladesh: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed Rajin Saleh, a former national skipper has been appointed as the interim fielding coach of the Bangladesh team for the upcoming home series against Afghanistan, scheduled from February 23.
Rajin Saleh Named Interim Fielding Coach of Bangladesh
Bangladesh are scheduled to play three ODIs and two T20s against Afghanistan from February 23 to March 5.
Initially, the BCB planned to appoint him for the Afghanistan series and the upcoming South Africa tour. But he won’t be able to travel with the team because of his contract with Prime Bank Cricket Club.
Bangladesh Cricket Board’s cricket operation chairman Jalal Yunus confirmed the development on Tuesday.
“Rajin will be the fielding coach of the team in the Afghanistan series. We wanted to have him in South Africa as well but he is the current head coach of Prime Bank. We had him in our plans for the South Africa tour but he informed us of his contract with Prime Bank. It’s his permanent job, that’s why he does not want to go there,” said Yunus.
“The cricket operations department told me about the role of a fielding coach,” said Rajim Saleh. It’s really a matter of joy. I gained fame as a fielder in Bangladesh’s debut Test match. I took the catches of Sachin Tendulkar and Murali Kartik as a substitute fielder. That’s how I started. Fielding was something I loved. I always dreamt of becoming the fielding coach of the Bangladesh team and working with the players.”
“My goal was to work with the team for a longer period of time. This is a small assignment and I want to complete that perfectly and have a desire to work more in future,” he added.
Veteran local coach Mizanur Rahman Babul worked as the interim fielding coach during Bangladesh’s last series against Pakistan after the BCB didn’t renew its contract with South African Ryan Cook.
Cook, who was appointed as the fielding coach in July 2018, was axed from his position following Bangladesh’s disappointing performances during the ICC T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman last year.