Bangladesh in talks with Gary Kirsten for consultant's role

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) are eyeing former South African batsman Gary Kirsten to take up the role of a consultant. However, BCB director Jalal Yunus has said that nothing is finalised yet and they are waiting for a confirmation from Kirsten, who 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.
"Our president had earlier mentioned Gary Kirsten," Yunus said. "We are awaiting his response after the IPL. He is being considered as the team consultant, although we haven't finalized anything with him. We are waiting on him to do a final agreement with us after IPL. Let's see how it goes.

"He will work not only with the men's senior team, he will work with the Under-19s, Bangladesh A team and the rest of the structure. He will be with us as a full-time, long-term consultant. If he agrees, we will hold talks here."

Bangladesh want Kirsten to take a role similar to what Eddie Barlow played in 1999. Barlow was appointed as the head coach and director of development. The South African, however, will not have to worry about the head coach's position as BCB are still searching for a suitable candidate.

"Head coach is a must," Yunus said. "Gary Kirsten won't be in the field all the time. He will give us ideas about the infrastructure. He will have an advisory role. There will definitely be a head coach and other coaching staff."

The consultant's job will not hamper Kirsten's current assignments with the T20 franchises. "He will be here on assignment. If he is busy with other assignments, we won't be able to stop him," Yunus added.

Along with the head coach, BCB are also considering to appoint a separate batting consultant and fielding coach. "We wanted Neil McKenzie as our batting consultant but that hasn't worked out," Yunus said. "He remains under consideration but, at the same time, we are also looking elsewhere. We also need a fielding coach for which we are looking for a foreign recruit."

Source - Zee News

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