Bangladesh Cricket Board on Monday ended their contract with English coach Steve Rhodes who had been working as the head coach of Bangladesh national cricket team since 2018, UNB reports.
The development came right after Bangladesh’s unexpected exit from the ICC Men’s World Cup in England and Wales where the Tigers finished eighth on the points table.
Bangladesh’s poor performance in the World Cup might have prompted the BCB to go for the action.
“After a long discussion, we’ve come to a mutual separation with Steve Rhodes. So, we are not continuing with the agreement that we had with Steve as the head coach of Bangladesh national cricket team,” BCB Chief Executive Officer Nizam Uddin Chowdury told UNB.
He, however, did not confirm who will take the charge during Bangladesh’s upcoming tour to Sri Lanka in the later part of July.
Rhodes, 55, was appointed as the head coach of Bangladesh on June 7, 2018. He became the successor of Chandika Hathurusingha of Sri Lanka who resigned from his post after Bangladesh’s dismal tour in South Africa in 2017.
As per the initial contract, Rhodes was supposed to continue as Bangladesh’s head coach till T20 World Cup 2020, Australia. However, the contract now ended prematurely.
Along with Rhodes, the BCB also decided not to renew contract with pace-bowling coach Courtney Walsh, spin-bowling coach Sunil Joshi and physio Thilan Chandramohan.