BSP-10 HP coach Radford reaches Bangladesh





HP coach Radford reaches Bangladesh

DHAKA, Oct 11, 2020 (BSS) – Newly appointed head coach of Bangladesh High Performance (HP) Unit Toby Radford reached Dhaka on Sunday.

He however can’t immediately join the side to supervise them as he would have to undergo a coronavirus test. If he returns negative, he will join the side, said BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury.

As per the government rules, every person coming from abroad should quarantine them for 14 days but the BCB will obtain a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the health department for the case of Radford who will also supervise the team of Nazmul’s XI in the BCB President’s Cup.

“We have obtained special permission from the health department for the coaches of the team. Radford had gone through a corona test before coming here and returned negative. He will undergo another test in Bangladesh and if he is tested negative, BCB will apply for special permission for him,” Nizam Uddin Chowdhury told the reporters.

Radford was scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh earlier but due to visa complicacy, he was unable to do so. However, the HP team had already started their practice under the supervision of the local coaches.

Radford’s agreement with the BCB is for one year starting from this August. An ECB Level 4 coach and a former first class cricketer for Middlesex and Sussex, Radford was the West Indies senior team’s batting and assistant coach on two occasions (2012-13 and 2016-2019).

He has also performed the role of Head Coach of Glamorgan and Middlesex in the English County Championship. Radford carries comprehensive experience as a consultant for ECB and Cricket West Indies (CWI).

He has held the positions of Director of CWI’s High-Performance Centre, Director Academy of Middlesex County Cricket Club and has coached England’s Under 15, Under 17 and Under 19 teams.

Radford, 48, said he was looking forward to his new assignment with excitement: “I am delighted to be appointed as Head Coach of High Performance for the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

“Bangladesh has many talented young cricketers and it will be a privilege to work with, and help develop them in their journey to consistent success at international level.

“I would like to thank the BCB for this wonderful opportunity for me to help shape their players of the future. I can’t wait to get started.”

BSS/SMP/FI/ 1935 hrs