Courtney Walsh, the former West Indies paceman, has agreed on a three-year deal to become a specialist bowling coach with the Bangladesh team, the West Indies Cricket Board announced on Wednesday (August 31).
Walsh, 53, completed his assignment as a selector for the West Indies this month, a post he occupied for the last two years, and will take up his new position in September.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as their specialist bowling coach,” said Walsh. “Having watched Bangladesh cricket from afar over the years, they are a seriously talented bunch of players. Chandika Hathurusingha has done a wonderful job as coach, so hopefully I can complement his skills and continue the positive progress.
“Obviously the West Indies is my home but the chance to go in a new direction in coaching at the international level with a talented group, was one I couldn’t pass.”
Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the BCB chief executive officer, believed Walsh’s experience would prove particularly beneficial to the side. “We are delighted to have Courtney in our ranks. He is a role model to millions and his fast bowling knowledge is second to none,” he said. “Bangladesh cricket at present is going through the best pace bowling phase in our history and Courtney’s involvement I am sure will take it to greater heights.
“I take this opportunity to thank the WICB for its very positive support to the BCB in acquiring the services of Courtney.”
Walsh took 519 Test wickets and 227 in One-Day Internationals in a 17-year international career. He was named one of the Wisden Cricketers of the year in 1987.
His move to Bangladesh, however, comes at a tense time for the Asian team. Only last week, England finally agreed to go ahead with a tour in October, despite fears it may be called off, after an attack on a Dhaka cafe in July saw 20 – mostly foreign – hostages killed.