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'We will finalize head coach after the series'

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Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan Papon said on Sunday that they are confident of roping head coach during the month that will ensure a permanent replacement after the post went vacant since the unexpected departure of Chandika Hathurusingha.

The announcement came a day after Tigers earned a historic five-wicket win over Sri Lanka through a record chase under the guidance of former West Indian pace bowler Courtney Walsh to end their prolonged losing streak as well as keep their hope alive in the ongoing Nidahas Trophy at Colombo.

Walsh was given the responsibility on interim basis after Khaled Mahmud failed to live up to expectation in the home series against Sri Lanka following the tri-nation ODI's that also involved Zimbabwe. BCB opted to take some time instead of rushing to rope a coach of their liking that they believe would be ideal to replace the Sri Lankan, who is regarded as Tigers most successful foreign coach.

'We will finalize the head coach after the series,' Nazmul told reporters in front of the team hotel at Colombo. 'No point talking about it here as we are all currently away from home. But we are expecting to call two to three candidates [for interview],' said Nazmul.

 'We are hoping that our next head coach will join by April as we are determined to complete his selection by this month,' he said. Though Nazmul remained silent about the identity of the coaches that were chosen in the shortlist but he made sure that Hathurusingha will not be replaced by any of his compatriot.

'They are coming from different places but certainly there is no Sri Lankan in it,' said Nazmul.Earlier Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons visited Bangladesh to come up with their presentation during the time they were called for interview. Pybus, who had a short stint earlier with Tigers as well as Simmons had opted to join elsewhere in the meantime after being said to have received a cold shoulder by the BCB.

Papon added that he was quite astonished with the batting of Mushfiq and Liton as he was unaware about the power-hitting ability of country's two most wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim. Mushfiq's 72 off 35 balls sealed a memorable win for the Tigers, who chased down 215 runs against host Sri Lanka in the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series.

'We had the belief we can win against any team. But after watching our first game against India, I thought we have lost the confidence. After the India match, I had a meeting with senior players like Mushfiq, Tamim  and Mahmudullah. I think they understood what they had to do after that meeting.

Winning and losing are both part of the game. But we have to play competitive cricket so that opponent can admire us," said Nazmul. Nazmul praised Mushfiq's unbeaten, match-winning innings but admitted that he was not aware about his big-hitting ability.

He also praised Liton Das' cameo at the top of the order. 'I did not know he can hit so long. Actually, in the last two years, he got dismissed in the boundary while trying to hit a sixer but he [Mushfiq] really batted superbly.'

-AA Correspondent

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