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Gary Kirsten would be next head coach of Tigers

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hasan said that South African Gary Kirsten is having a look at possible candidates who are expected to fill the vacant head coach of Tigers.

Nazmul said on Monday that they are expecting Kirsten to arrive on in between May 20 to 22 in Bangladesh but that largely depends on the outcome of Indian Premier League as he is expected to work as a 'consultant'.

'Kirsten is working out with few probable [head coach] candidates and trying to find out a suitable one that would serve our purpose,' Nazmul told reporters.     

'He is interviewing the players and coaching staff to know what kind of coach we need and also talking with us [about the development],' he said. 'He will give his proposal and also will come up with a presentation after having a look at the list of coaches we possess and his own one and later we will finalize that we believe will be better for us,' he added.

BCB were eyeing former South African batsman Gary Kirsten to take up the role of a consultant and were waiting for his confirmation as he is currently busy with the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

The 50-year-old has previously coached India and South Africa and has taken both the sides to the pinnacle of Test rankings; India in 2009 and South Africa in 2012. He is also the current head coach of Big Bash League (BBL) team Hobart Hurricanes and batting coach for RCB.

Bangladesh wants Kirsten to take a role similar to what Eddie Barlow played in 1999. Barlow was appointed as the head coach and director of development but as far as Kirsten role is concerned he did not need to worry about the head coach position. 

However, the South African, have to put his hand in order to bail out BCB from finding a suitable head coach for the national team after the post went vacant by the unexpected departure of Hathurusinghe. BCB hinted that the consultant post will not hamper Kirsten's current assignments with the T20 franchises as he will be present as per his convenience to fill the advisory role.

Kirsten will emphasize on putting up his ideas about developing the infrastructure and along with it when required will give his inputs for senior team members as well. As Kirsten will be completing his responsibility by arriving on time to time it is expected that most of his plans will be executed by the available resources, who will follow his guide lime during his absence.

Considering all these aspects, BCB looks eagerly willing to form a team management group that can make Kirsten work easier and according to BCB boss they have a short list of three candidates to fill the post of Tigers head coach and most importantly all of them are willing to work exclusively with Tigers.

In the age of franchise based T20 tournament, it seemed quite difficult to find out a coach willing to work only with BCB. 'All the three coaches that are included in our short list are willing to work full time and now we need to decide whom we pick eventually,' said Nazmul.

'We can pick the coach by ourselves but as we have the opportunity of expert opinion we are willing to avail it by including Kirsten in finding a coach. Basically, he wants to know what kind of coaches do we need for national team and academy while what kind of professionals will serve our purpose as head coach,' he added.

When asked whether he will be completing the agreement formality during his upcoming visit, Nazmul said that he had already started his work. 'He will not travel to India,' said Nazmul as Tigers will play three-match T20 series against Afghanistan in Dehradhun from the first week of June. '[But] he had already begun his stint [as far as we are concerned],' he concluded.

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