Bangladesh Cricket Board has appointed former India all-rounder Sridharan Sriram as the head coach of the national team in the build-up of Asia Cup 2022 and T20 World Cup. Reports quoted BCB Director claiming that the fresh appointment will be valid till T20 World Cup and extension of the same will be re-evaluated.
The BCB Director expressed the seriousness of the board for upcoming T20 World Cup and in regard with ICC tournament, Sriram will resume his duties in the national set-up so that he can get adequate time with the players.
"As we are moving forward with a fresh mindset, the new coach will take his charge from the T20 Asia Cup 2022 onwards. Since the T20 World Cup is our main target, new coach will get time to adapt if he is not recruited from the Asia Cup 2022," BCB Director was quoted in The Daily Star report.
He further explained that Sriram will take time to settle in during highly-competitive Asia Cup 2022, but the board has ensured him to target T20 World Cup. "Asia Cup is just fortnight away. We are aware that Sriram will settle in with boys during Asia Cup 2022 but we are expecting better results in World Cup 2022," added BCB Director.
Speaking of Sriram, he represented India in eight ODIs between 2000 and 2004 and also served as Australia's assistant and spin-bowling coach for a long time. Former Australian coach Darren Lehmann was credited for roping in Sriram as spin bowling coach in 2016.
The 46-year-old recently stepped down from that position to focus on his role with the Indian Premier League (IPL) side, Royal Challengers Bangalore. The BCB official, however, also said, that former South Africa cricketer Russell Dominigo would continue to be in charge of the Test side.