Wasim Jaffer to be Bangladesh’s batting consultant for SL tour

Jaffer is currently working with the Bangladesh Cricket Board high-performance unit.

Wasim Jaffer assumed his role with the BCB high-performance unit a couple of months ago.   -  Vivek Bendre

Wasim Jaffer, who is currently working with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) high-performance unit, has been appointed Bangladesh’s batting consultant for the team’s tour of Sri Lanka.

After Neil McKenzie, the former South Africa batsman, decided not to renew his contract as the batting consultant following Bangladesh’s dismal outing in the World Cup, the BCB handed over the responsibility to Jaffer. “Wasim comes with a lot of experience and now that McKenzie is unavailable, we have decided to send him as the batting consultant,” BCB’s cricket operations chairman, Akram Khan, told Sportstar on Monday.

Bangladesh plays three One-Day Internationals (ODIs) in Colombo from July 26 to July 31, 2019.

The BCB is also planning to appoint Jaffer as the batting coach for the senior team in the longer run. “He is currently working with our high-performance unit and has been helping the players a lot. As academy coach, he is bound to take up additional responsibility. But if things fall in place, we might consider him as the batting coach for the future,” Khan, a former captain, revealed.

With Steve Rhodes having parted ways after the World Cup, the BCB is also looking for a new coach. “We are yet to take a call on who our coach will be for the Sri Lanka tour,” Khan said.

There are speculations that Khaled Mahmud could be brought in as the coach for the Sri Lanka tour.

Khan said: “A decision will be taken in the next couple of days.”

While Jaffer will be batting consultant, former Sri Lanka international Champaka Ramanayake has been named bowling consultant — a slot that’s vacant after Courtney Walsh’s contract got over.

Jaffer, who is still a regular player for Vidarbha in the Ranji Trophy, took charge at the BCB a couple of months ago.