Full-time coach is the need of the hour: Ashraful

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Dhaka, Sep 27 (UNI) Claiming that stop-gap solutions to the coach's problem was hurting the national side's teamwork, Bangladesh skipper Mohammad Ashraful has urged the BCB to appoint a full-time coach before the side's away tour to New Zealand at the end of this year.

''I feel we desperately need a permanent coach, whoever it may be, Shaun Williams or anyone else. There is a big difference between a permanent and a temporary coach. You can't expect teamwork with a temporary solution,'' Ashraful told the Daily Star.

The nation's cricket board has been in search of a coach since Dav Whatmore's tenure ended after the Caribbean World Cup.

The Aussie, who took the Tigers to the super eight stage of the World Cup in the West Indies earlier this year after humiliating India in the group stages, refused a two-year contract extension after spending four years with the team.

After his departure, the BCB appointed Shaun Williams as on interim coach for the tour to Sri Lanka and later the Twenty20 World Championship in South Africa.

But in both the tours the strategies of the team management have been criticised after neither of the them turned out to be successful.

Even national selector and former captain Akram Khan, who was an integral part of the team management during the last two trips, also aired the same feelings.

''I was only part of the selection process. I wasn't involved in game planning,'' he stated.

''Actually, the captain and coach have the big role behind the planning. What I want to say is that we should have come out from the short-term solution immediately about the coach,'' Khan added.

Meanwhile, chief selector Rafiqul Alam said, though he believed that a permanent coach is the need of the hour, selecting the right candidate for the job needs time.

''A permanent coach is a very important part but as well as that, we have to find the right man for the job and in that case you have to compromise on time,'' he said.

UNI

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