Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan said last week that a new head coach of the Tigers would join next month but that prospect is bleak at the moment. Not only that but Hassan's latest remark a couple of days ago in Colombo only gave an indication they might start afresh in their desperate search for a coach, which would understandably delay a replacement for Chandika Hathurusingha, the Sri Lankan who stood down after Bangladesh South Africa tour in October last year.
It is also understood that the board closed in on England's assistant coach Paul Farbrace for the demanding job until it failed at the last moment due to a 'family veto' from the aspirant's end. This is one of the key hassles the board has so far confronted while negotiating with coaches across the cricketing world, where most of the high-profile candidates are interested in bits and pieces assignments rather than focusing on one particular team.
While talking to reporters in Colombo on Sunday, a day after Bangladesh's record-chase victory against Sri Lanka, Hassan said: “We have invited them for an interview. We might have two or three aspirants. Hopefully, we will finalise a coach within this month.”
However that statement was more of a by-product of frustration following Farbrace's fallout rather than any serious concern. It is very unlikely for the board to interview any serious aspirant especially this month. There is a strong possibility for the BCB to delay the process and even focus on perusing their preferred candidate(s) since Bangladesh's next international assignment after the Nidahas Trophy tri-series in Sri Lanka is in June, away to West Indies.
Farbrace has always been on the BCB's radar. The 50-year wicketkeeper-batsman from Kent has played a key role in England's change of white-ball fortunes as deputy to Trevor Bayliss.
According to a reliable source, the BCB had even completed the paperwork with Farbrace before his family concerns popped up. This was perhaps also the case while the BCB was negotiating with Geoff Marsh.
The BCB had interviewed Richard Pybus and Phil Simmons in December last year. But they were more focused on a motivator like Farbrace.
The other challenge for the BCB is to find a coach who will be single-minded in taking the Tigers to next year's World Cup as most coaches are now interested in short contracts mainly to remain available in almost all the money-spinning T20 Leagues.