ICC World Cup 2019: Bangladesh Part Ways With Head Coach Steve Rhodes
Bangladesh Cricket Board has parted ways with their head coach Steve Rhodes. Rhodes contract was to end after the next year ICC T20I World Cup but the board has decided to free the head coach of his duties. The decision comes after Bangladesh finished at the eighth position in the ongoing World Cup.
Bangladesh could only win three out of their nine matches and thus failed to make their way to the semifinal stages. In fact, Bangladesh had begun their World Cup campaign with a win against South Africa but veered off the track.
Steve Rhodes had done a decent job.
Meanwhile, Steve Rhodes had taken charge in June 2018 and he had signed a two year contract with the Bangladesh board.
“The board had a review following the Pakistan match (Bangladesh’s last game at the World Cup) in a meeting in London,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Chief Executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury as saying.
“It was decided that the BCB and Steve Rhodes will not continue on their agreement. The separation was by mutual consent. The BCB has not yet decided on a new coach for the Sri Lanka series, which is their next assignment.”
Steve Rhodes had done a decent job for the Bangladesh team and thus it is a surprise to note his elimination. However, it was the end of the road for the former England wicketkeeper batsman.
On the other hand, Bangladesh has taken massive strides in the last four years. The Tigers also won their first multi-team tournament as they won a tri-series involving Ireland and West Indies before the World Cup. However, there were not able to build the momentum after their first match win against South Africa.
Meanwhile, Shakib Al Hasan had a sublime tournament with both bat as well as the ball for the Tigers. The talisman all-rounder scored 606 runs in the eight innings and scalped 11 wickets.
Bangladesh will play a three One Day International bilateral series against Sri Lanka now.