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BCB terminates coach Rhodes contract

Steve Rhodes.

Steve Rhodes.   | Photo Credit: AFP

No extension of contracts for Joshi, Walsh

The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday announced it would let go of head coach Steve Rhodes after a disappointing campaign in the World Cup.

Effective immediately

“We have decided to part ways with the head coach by mutual consent. The decision will be effective immediately,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.

The decision came a day after Bangladesh returned home after ending its campaign in the World Cup eighth in the league phase with only three wins in eight matches

Bangladesh's three wins came against fellow strugglers South Africa, West Indies and Afghanistan, but went down fighting to major teams India, Australia and New Zealand.

Head coach Rhodes joined Bangladesh in June last year and guided the team to its first-ever title in a multi-team tournament in Ireland just before the World Cup.

He was contracted with Bangladesh until the ICC World Twenty20 in Australia next year but his inability to give the team the expected results appear to have cost him his job.

BCB confirmed coach Rhodes would not travel with the team to Sri Lanka, where Bangladesh will play three One-Day Internationals later this month.

The Sri Lankan cricket authorities on Monday announced that there will be three matches on July 26, 38 and 31 at Premadasa International Stadium in Colombo.

“We will shorty name an interim coach for the Sri Lanka tour,” Jalal Yunus, the chairman of the BCB media committee, told AFP.

Jalal confirmed that the BCB also planned a shake-up of other coaching staff and was unlikely to renew the contract of pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh and spin-bowling coach Sunil Joshi.

Both Walsh and Joshi had been under contract with the BCB until the end of the World Cup.

Walsh replaced former Zimbabwean pacer Heath Streak in September, 2016 on a three-year contract, while Joshi joined last year.

Bangladesh's bowlers struggled in the World Cup, leaking 2,473 runs in eight matches, an average of nearly 310 runs a game.

McKenzie, Cook stay

BCB will offer a new contract to South African batting coach Neil McKenzie and fielding coach Ryan Cook. “We would like McKenzie and the fielding coach to stay with us. But it does not depend entirely on us,” he said.

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