BCB decide not to renew Samaraweera’s contract as batting consultant

“We had a contract with him till the Champions Trophy, so now we have parted ways”

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has opted against renewing the contract of batting consultant Thilan Samaraweera.

Samaraweera was hired in September 2016, but his contract only lasted until the Champions Trophy, where Bangladesh reached the semi-finals.

“We had a contract with him till the Champions Trophy, so now we have parted ways,” BCB chief executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury told ESPNcricinfo.

Having parted ways with Samaraweera, Bangladesh will now look for a new batting consultant, and one of the names at the top of the list is former Australian first-class cricketer Mark O’Neill, who has worked as a batting coach with New Zealand, New South Wales and Western Australia.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh may also start searching for a new physiotherapist if Thihan Chandramohan doesn’t return to duty soon.

Chandramohan was recently involved in an accident and was subsequently absent from Bangladesh’s training camp, which started on July 10.

“We have been communicated that he (Thihan Chandramohan) was in an accident so it was impossible for him to join the training camp,” Chowdhury said. “He is in hospital so we will wait for the appropriate time for him to join. We will have to look for a new physio only when he informs us whether he is unable to join the team.”

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