Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has roped in former Indian spinner Sunil Joshi as their spin bowling coach.
Incidentally, Joshi’s name was suggested by none other than current Indian coach Anil Kumble. Presently, Bangladesh are playing their first test on Indian soil in Hyderabad.
Akram Khan, Director of Cricket Operations of BCB, confirmed the same and said, “We are likely to complete all the formalities in a couple of days before the test match gets over. Actually, it was Anil Kumble who referred Sunil Joshi’s name to us to coach our young spinners.”
It is expected that Joshi will join head coach Chandika Haturusingha and fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh after the completion of the one-off test against India. Bangladesh will get Joshi’s services before they embark on their long tour of Sri Lanka which includes two tests and five ODIs. Apart from the national squad, he will also mentor the upcoming spinners in Bangladesh cricket.
46-year old Joshi has the experience of coaching associate nations like Oman and Nepal. Besides, he has also coached the Ranji Trophy team of Assam.
In India colours, Joshi played 15 tests(41 wickets) and 69 ODIs(69 wickets) between 1996 and 2001. His most memorable performance for the Men in Blue came in an ODI in September 1999 where he bowled a dream spell of 10-6-6-5 against South Africa.
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