BCB gets big blow as Farbrace turned down
The Bangladesh Cricket Board received a big blow into roping a well known coach as England assistant coach Paul Farbrace turned down as their new head coach, said BCB sources on TuesdayBCB was hopeful that they would complete the signing process by the end of this week as Farbrace was close to signing up as Bangladesh's head coach after being offered the post that had been vacant since the departure of Chandika Hathurusinghe.
BCB high official on request of not to be named told Asian Age on Tuesday that Farbrace informed that he is unavailable after being sent the contract paper. It came as a big blow since BCB president Nazmul Hasan announced recently that they are hopeful of securing the service of their chosen one soon since the English assistant coach was sounding pretty optimistic initially.
Nazmul Hassan claimed that they have finalized the head coach and according to him their next head coach would be a known figure unlike Chandika Hathurusinghe, who reached spotlight after joining Tigers as their head coach. According to BCB president, the coach was expected to join in the first week of April. 'We will finalize it after this series. We have invited them for interviews. We might have two or three aspirants. Hopefully, we will finalize a coach within this month. We expect a new coach will be with us by the first week of next month,' said Nazmul.
The BCB considered the track record of Farbrace during his tenure as the head coach of Sri Lanka, particularly the team's success in Bangladesh in 2014 as the Lankan defeated Bangladesh in the Test, ODI and T20 series, the Asia Cup and the World T20 in the space of four months.
Farbrace's subsequent work with England as assistant coach to Trevor Bayliss also did not go unnoticed by the BCB as they found out that Farbrace played a big role in transforming the fortunes of England team precisely in the shortest format as they have won nine series from their last ten bilateral ODI series and a runner-up finish in the 2016 World T20.
The BCB interviewed Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons in December, both of whom have since found new roles with West Indies and Afghanistan respectively. The board has also made approaches to other coaches including Andy Flower, Justin Langer, Tom Moody, Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara but all have turned them down.
-Atif Azam, AA