The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) have appointed Naveed Nawaz as the coach of the national Under-19 team with immediate effect. The decision was announced on Tuesday (July 17).

The former Sri Lankan player has already joined the Bangladesh junior team. The Tigers are slated to play a three-match One-day International series against a High-Performance Unit (HPU) at Khulna.

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It is a pretty interesting move from the Bangladesh board. Moreover, will be pretty interesting to see whether his appointment can pay rich dividends for the junior national side in the foreseeable future.

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Nawaz has nursed small teams earlier, but it will be a totally new ball game. Coaching an international side albeit a junior one is always difficult.

It is perhaps a more strenuous task to work with the junior guys.

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Nawaz appointed as new head coach:

”We have appointed him as our head coach until next World Cup. We expect his vast experience at working with age-level players will help him to take our cricketers forward,” a BCB official was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz after the news of his appointment was confirmed.

Nawaz had earlier worked with the Sri Lanka U-19 team way back in 2009. He also worked with the Sri Lankan A team and the women’s team respectively in different categories.

Nawaz had a pretty brief international career. He represented Sri Lanka in a solitary Test and three ODI’s. He will be replacing Damien Wright, who has taken the team in the right direction.

Under the coaching of Wright Bangladesh flourished during the U-19 World Cup which took place earlier in the year in New Zealand.

The BCB decided to go against retaining the 41-year-old Australian. Instead, they opted to go for a subcontinental coach keeping in mind the World Cup which is in 2020.

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