Spin coach Herath unavailable for tour


Bangladesh spin bowling coach Rangana Herath will not be available for the upcoming tour of West Indies. The Sri Lankan confirmed to Cricbuzz on Thursday (12 May) that he has applied for leave to be with his family.

Bangladesh Team Director Khaled Mahmud also confirmed to Cricbuzz that the legendary Sri Lankan spinner will not be part of the touring party. “Herath will not be available for the West Indies tour as he will be with his family,” Mahmud confirmed.

Herath opted to stay with the Bangladesh team during the ongoing home series against Sri Lanka comprising two Tests, despite political instability back home.

Herath joined the Bangladesh coaching set-up during the tour of Zimbabwe, and later his contract was extended till the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

BCB is yet to decide on Herath’s replacement for the tour, but the country’s leading spin coach Sohel Islam is the front-runner to fill his shoes in the Caribbean.

The team is expected to leave Dhaka on 6 June. The tour will comprise two Tests along with three ODIs and T20Is each. According to the draft itinerary, the opening Test will be played in Antigua from 16-20 June, while the second Test will be played in St Lucia from 24-28 June.

The opening two T20Is will be played in Dominica on 2 and 3 July respectively, while the third will be played in Guyana on 7 July.

The three ODIs are also scheduled in Guyana on 10, 13 and 16 July.