June 7, 2018 / 4:48 PM / 10 months ago

Former England keeper Rhodes named Bangladesh head coach

Cricket - Worcestershire Photocall 2003 - 11/4/03 Steve Rhodes - Worcestershire Credit: Action Images / Michael Regan

(Reuters) - Former England wicketkeeper Steve Rhodes has been named head coach of the Bangladesh team, the country’s cricket board (BCB) said on Thursday.

Rhodes, who replaced Sri Lanka’s Chandika Hathurusingha, has been appointed till the end of the 2020 Twenty20 World Cup.

The former coach and cricket director of English county Worcestershire was recommended to Bangladesh by former South African batsman and coach Gary Kirsten.

The 53-year-old Rhodes, who played 11 tests and nine ODI’s for England, said his focus was on preparing Bangladesh for the 2019 World Cup.

“I just told the president and board members that Bangladesh did well in the Champions Trophy in England (last year). To get to a semi-final in that competition was a marvellous effort,” Rhodes said.

Reporting by Anirban Paul in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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