The Bangladesh Cricket Board said on Friday that it has appointed Sridharan Sriram as the technical consultant of the Bangladesh national team in the shortest format till the T20 World Cup.
Sriram previously worked with the Australia national team for six years from 2016, and has also been involved in the coaching staff of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. He will arrive in Dhaka on Sunday to take up his role.
“We have appointed him because he has got experience of working in IPL while the World Cup is in Australia where he has worked for a long time,” BCB President Nazmul Hasan told reporters on Friday.
Nazmul added that Jamie Siddons’ role might change as he will be working on development as part of the long-term plan.
“He (Jamie) also wants that (to work with the development) but unfortunately he is travelling with the team and nothing is happening because he cannot develop in such a short span of time,’’ he said.
“Jamie will certainly go in the World Cup but we don’t know whether we will send him to Asia Cup. If we don’t send him in to Asia Cup, then we will be going without a batting coach, while if he goes then we will not have development in this period so there are lot of issues we are working on,’’ he said.
Nazmul also hinted that they might attempt split coaching as they aren’t sure if Domingo will be with the team in UAE for the Asia Cup this month.
“Whether we will have Domingo or not [at the Asia Cup] is something that will be decided on August 22 because we have to sit with him (Domingo) while we also have to sit with Sriram [and decide],” he said.
“Our plan is for Domingo to concentrate on ODIs and Tests. We want to separate everything as there are a lot of games and it is not possible for Domingo to travel for all the series,’’ he said.
“We have lot of T20Is, so we want to separate it. The mental attitude required for T20Is is not like Tests or ODIs so we are thinking if we can have a separate coaching staff set up for the format. But first we have to see how Sriram fares at the Asia Cup and the World Cup and then we can decide whether we will bring him on board permanently for T20Is or find someone else.”
Bangladesh have a busy four-year cycle coming up in 2023-27 with as many as 150 matches scheduled across formats.