Barnes to coach A team to WI
The national selectors selected a strong Bangladesh A team, drafting in four current Test team players for the tour of West Indies in November.
Rokibul Hasan, Sohrawardi Shuvo, Shuvagoto Hom and Nasir Hossain, who are in the Test squad for the ongoing two-match series against the visiting West Indies, were included in the side for the tour where the second string Bangladesh side will play two four-day, two T20 and three one-day matches.
Top order batsman Jahurul Islam has been named captain of the team while wicketkeeper-bats-man Mohammad Mithun was made his deputy.The team will leave for Antigua on October 29, but the players who will be selected to play the second Test against West Indies in Mirpur will join the team later.
Stuart Barnes, an ECB elite bowling coach and Gloucestershire CCC 1st team coach, is all set to accompany the second string side during the Caribbean tour as head coach. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) all but finalised the contract with the Englishman who was also one of the aspirants for the post of bowling coach of the national team. Stuart Barnes is expected to join the team in Bangladesh before the trip.
“We have almost finalised everything and are hopeful that he (Stuart Barnes) will join the team before the trip,” said BCB's CEO Manzur Ahmed when asked about the appointment of Stuart Barnes yesterday. Chief selector Akram Khan believes that this tour is an opportunity for the players to hog the spotlight before the home series against Pakistan.
“We don't have enough options in our hand and that's why we have to pick some players from the national side. It's a great opportunity for the players, especially for the young guys, to prove themselves in West Indies before the selection of the team for the home series against Pakistan,” said Akram.The players have been asked to report to the team manager Mojibul Hoque at the GP-BCB National Cricket Academy ground in Mirpur at 8:30am on October 29.
Jahurul Islam (captain), Mohammad Mithun (vice-captain), Junaed Siddiqui, Rokibul Hasan, Robiul Islam, Sohrawardi Shuvo, Shuvagoto Hom, Nasir Hossain, Nasir Uddin Faruque, Kamrul Islam, Mominul Hoque, Nur Hossain, Shohag Gazi and Alauddin Babu.
November 5-8: First 4-dayer at Antigua
November 12-15: Second 4-dayer at Beausejour
November 18: First T20 match at Beausejour.
November 19: Second T20 match at Beausejour
November 23: First One-day at Arnos Vale
November 25: Second One-day at Arnos Vale.
November 27: Third One-day at Arnos Vale.