Bangladesh Cricket Board(BCB) cut ties with Steve Rhodes after what it seemed like a lackluster World Cup for the Bangladesh team. It is their first attempt to revamp the backroom staff. Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the Chief Executive Officer of BCB told yesterday that they reached a mutual understanding with Steve that his tenure with BCB would be severed with immediate effect.

Bangladesh Cricket Board cut ties with Steve Rhodes

Steve Rhodes
Steve Rhodes training the tigers.

Steve Rhodes was an English cricket coach and former cricketer of England. BCB appointed him in the position of head coach for Bangladesh cricket team from 7th June 2018. It is important to note that before he came, the post was vacant for 7 months! Rhodes was meant to coach Bangladesh team for until after T20 World Cup in Australia in 2020.

Nizamuddin said that after all the big events in cricket every cricket board assesses the performance of their coaching staff. They also met with theirs and discussed the issue of their team soon after the match against Pakistan. He added that its a vice versa issue that has to have the desire to coach and the has to want to keep him. So finally after a mutual understang, they have come to a conclusion to end the agreement with Rhodes. He said,

We have decided to part ways with the head coach by mutual consent. The decision will be effective immediately.

Now Bangladesh team lack a head coach before the upcoming series in Sri Lanka. But Nizamuddin has assured us they are working on it. ICC has called on a meeting from 15 to 19 July and after that, they will sit on a board meeting where they will discuss the issues internally.

Though BCB is saying the separation was mutual but there is an internal rumor that the board was not happy how the coach handled the team during the World Cup. In addition to that, the board will also likely to search for a bowling coach and fielding consultant as bowling coach Courtney Walsh’s four-year contract and fielding consultant Ryan Cook’s contract expires at the end of the World Cup. According to sources, the board is not interested in renewing their contracts.