Steve Rhodes takes over as Bangladesh coach

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Sports desk, June 07: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has appointed former England wicketkeeper Steve Rhodes as head coach for all three formats.BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon came up with the disclosure after Rhodes met him at his Beximco office in the capital on Thursday.

Rhodes will join Bangladesh team on June 20 while he will continue until 2020 World T20.

The appointment ended the BCB’s search for a new coach that has lasted eight months following Chandika Hathurusingha’s resignation in last October.

It has been learned that since the other candidates had not been called up for a face-to-face interview, Rhodes was BCB’s No. 1 choice. It is also understood that Rhodes was Gary Kirsten’s recommendation. Kirsten was recently appointed BCB’s short-term consultant to find coaches.

Rhodes, who will turn 54 next week, played 11 Tests and nine ODIs and is now known for his talent-spotting skills. He had been in charge of Worcestershire since 2006, having played for them from 1985 to 2004. But he was sacked last year by the county and relieved of his duties as head coach of the England Under-19 squad just before the World Cup, after it emerged that he had failed to report the arrest of a young allrounder – Alex Hepburn – in a timely fashion.

He also oversaw the promotion of Worcestershire into Division One of the County Championship at the end of the 2017 season and had been recently made an England scout. His work with Worcestershire involved promoting a young and homegrown squad.