Dhaka: Bangladesh cricket authorities said they were in talks with former South African batsman Gary Kirsten to hire him as a team consultant for an extended period. Bangladesh have been looking for a head coach for the national cricket team since October, after former Sri Lankan opener Chandika Hathurusingha stepped down.
But Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesperson Jalal Yunus said they had offered Kirsten, 50, who was India's coach when they won the 2011 World Cup, a different role unlike that of a head coach. "He is on our list but he will come only as a team consultant. It's not final, though. Hopefully we will be able to strike a deal after the Indian Premier League," Yunus said.
Kirsten, who played 101 Tests and 185 one-day internationals for South Africa before coaching the Proteas and India, will be in charge of Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL, which begins on April 7. "If he agrees, he will also work with the Under-19 and the A-team and give us advice about cricket structure," Yunus said.
The BCB said it would appoint a separate head coach for the national team even if it reached an agreement with Kirsten. "He will not always be with the team, he will deal with separate issues, work with development squads like what Eddie Barlow did. He (Kirsten) will give advice but there will be a head coach."
Former South African great Barlow was Bangladesh's coaching director when the country achieved Test status in 2000. Former West Indies great Courtney Walsh acted as Bangladesh's head coach during the recent Nidahas Trophy Twenty20 triangular tournament in Sri Lanka, in which they narrowly lost to India in the final. Yunus revealed that they are also in talks with former South African batsman Neil McKenzie as a possible batting consultant.