Bangladesh Cricket Board chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury told, “We have decided to part ways with the head coach by mutual consent. The decision will be effective immediately.”
The decision came a day after when Bangladesh back to home after finishing their campaign in the World Cup eighth in the league stage with only three wins in their eight matches. Bangladesh’s three wins came against fellow strugglers Afghanistan, West Indies and South Africa though they were sustainable against major teams India, Australia and New Zealand.
Last year June head coach Rhodes joined Bangladesh team and directed the team to their first ever title in a multi-team tournament in Ireland just before the World Cup. He had agreement with Bangladesh until the ICC World Twenty20 in Australia next year but his incapability to give the team the anticipated results appear to lose his job.
Head coach Rhodes will not tour with the team to Sri Lanka, where Bangladesh will play three One-Day Internationals later this month. The Sri Lankan cricket authorities on Monday publicized that at Premadasha International Stadium in Colombo there will be three matches on July 26, 28 and 31.
Jalal Yunus, the chairman of the media committee of the BCB, told AFP, “We will shortly name an interim coach for the Sri Lanka tour.”
Jalal confirmed that the BCB also intended an unexpected result of other coaching staff and was not likely to renew the agreement of pace bowling Coach Courtney Walsh. He said there was no decision on restoration of the contract of Indian spin-bowling coach Sunil Joshi.
BCB until the end of the World Cup, both Walsh and Joshi had been under contract.
Joshi joined last year while Walsh changed former Zimbabwean pacer Heath Streak in September 2016 on a three-year contract.
Bangladesh’s bowlers fought in the World Cup, giving away 2,473 runs in eight matches, an average of nearly 310 runs a game.
Chowdhury said they were yet to finalize decision about Joshi.
He said “The decision on Joshi will be finalized in our next meeting later this month.”
Bangladesh will put forward a new contract to South African batting coach Neil McKenzie and fielding coach Ryan Cook Nizamuddin said.
He said “We would like McKenzie and the fielding coach to stay with us. But it does not depend entirely on us”.