Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has roped in former India opener Wasim Jaffer as the batting coach of its high performance academy in Dhaka. Jaffer was recently in Bangladesh to play in the Dhaka Premier League. The veteran opener had plied his trade for Abahani Limited. It was during this stay Bangladesh approached him and Jaffer accepted the offer.
According to a news in The Times of India, Jaffer will spend six months in a year with Bangladesh’s batsmen at the academy. At the academy, Jaffer will train Bangladesh batsmen in the U-19s, the A team and also the senior side. The BCB officials were impressed upon seeing the seasoned campaigner at the nets.
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After the Dhaka Premier League, Bangladesh star Soumya Sarkar had praised Jaffer after the latter helped him out with his batting. Jaffer’s inputs had helped Soumya score a century and a double century in Bangladesh’s domestic one-day competition.
“I have seen his (Wasim) batting very closely. He is a very good and experienced player. He has scored 40,000 runs in his career. Since he scored such amount of runs, so he definitely has the quality,” Soumya had said.
Jaffer, meanwhile, is showing no signs of slowing down with the bat. In the last two seasons, the 41-year old has helped Vidarbha win back-to-back Ranji Trophy and Irani Trophy titles. Jaffer is set to play an important role for Vidarbha in the upcoming season too.
But while Jaffer is an experienced man with the bat, the same cannot be said of him as a coach. This is the first time he would have taken an international coaching assignment. Well, with not too many days left in his playing career, he would be looking to make a mark with Bangladesh batsmen that can pave the way for his smooth transition to coaching.