Bangladesh has improved as a cricket team over the past two decades, while the contribution of different coaches in this period was instrumental in helping the Bangladesh cricket team to emerge as a cricket giant.
It is the utmost responsibility of a coach to train all of his team members to overcome the challenges faced during the match. A good coach makes a good team indeed. The Bangladesh cricket team is no exception in this case.
Whatever fame it has achieved so far, the credit goes to the guidance of its coaches. Here is the list of the 5 best coaches the Bangladesh Cricket Team has ever had.
Dav Whatmore (2003-2007)
Whatmore started his career in cricket as a batsman. In 1979, he played seven Test matches for Australia and one One Day International in 1980. He had scored over 6,000 runs for Victoria at the first-class level.
Since the 1990s, Whatmore started his career as a coach for Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, and Pakistan cricket teams.
Whatmore coached Bangladesh from 2003 until 2007. Bangladesh enjoyed remarkable success under his guidance, coming from a side that could barely win matches at all, to a team that even the most dominant cricketing nations can often shock. Whatmore, in early 2005 coached them for their first Test match win. Later that year, Bangladesh stunned the cricket world with a win over top-ranking Australia and then South Africa when they were top-ranking during the 2007 World Cup, where they also beat India to reach the Super 8 stage. Whatmore resigned from the Bangladesh Cricket team after the early exit from the 2007 World Cup. He stayed on until their home series against India concluded on 29 May.
Jamie Siddons (2007-2011)
James Darren Siddons is an ex-cricketer of the Australian team, famous for his 16-year career involvement in first-class Sheffield Shield cricket. He played for Victoria at first and South Australia afterwards. He’s currently a professional cricket coach.
He broke the Shield run record of 9,364 on 23 November 1997, going on to make 10,643 runs in 146 games. He is now the third-highest run-scorer in the history of the Shield, behind Darren Lehmann and Jamie Cox. He is regarded by some as one of the finest batsmen in the Shield competition not to earn a regular international spot, having been given only one opportunity to represent Australia in a One Day International (ODI), scoring 32 in 1988.
Siddons was appointed coach of Bangladesh’s national cricket team on 28 October 2007. After the end of the 2011 World Cup, when his contract expired, he left Bangladesh where the team failed to qualify for the quarter-finals. He was named to coach the Wellington Firebirds in New Zealand in June 2011.
Chandika Haturasinghe (2014-2017)
Chandika Hathurusingha is a former cricketer of Sri Lanka. He was also the former head coach of the Sri Lankan national cricket team. Between 2014-2017, Hathurusingha also worked as the Bangladesh national cricket team’s head coach.
Hathurusingha was named as Bangladesh national side coach in May 2014, replacing Shane Jurgensen, who had resigned after the 2014 ICC World Twenty20. He is the most prolific coach ever to be active in Bangladesh cricket until 2017, with ODI series victories over India, Pakistan and South Africa, and Test victories over Sri Lanka (away), England and Australia. During his term, Bangladesh moved up in Team Rankings and qualified for the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and also qualified directly for the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
Gordon Greenidge is a former first-class cricketer from Barbuda, who has played Tests and One Day Internationals for West Indies for 17 years. Greenidge was admitted to the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame in 2009.
Greenidge began his English country cricket career before playing for Barbados. He has played with Hampshire in the English County Championship for several seasons, where he batted with Barry Richards as an opener.
Gordon Greenidge decided to pursue a coaching career and in 1996 he became coach of the national cricket team in Bangladesh. In 1997 he was appointed head coach of the national cricket team in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh men’s cricket team has won the 1997 ICC Trophy beating 22 other nations, under his guidance. It also secured Bangladesh’s qualification for the 1999 ICC Cricket World Cup, the first-ever appearance in top-level cricket.
Participating in their very first cricket world cup Bangladesh cricket changed forever and led to the Bangladesh national cricket team’s Test cricket status in 2000, which meant Bangladesh was upgraded to full ICC member status and started playing Test cricket matches. Soon after winning the 1997 ICC Trophy, for such outstanding achievements of winning the 1997 ICC Trophy and simultaneously qualifying for the cricket world cup, Gordon Greenidge was granted honorary citizenship of Bangladesh. Greenidge is currently on the West Indies Test Match selection committee.
Steven John Rhodes is an English cricket coach and former cricket coach. He was the former coach of Bangladesh’s national cricket team, having been sacked on July 8, 2019, following the disappointing results of Bangladesh in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. He was best known as a wicket-keeper, but was also a useful batsman number six or seven, making twelve centuries of the first class.
Under his coaching, Shakib Al Hasan posted his career-best performance with ball and bat in the world cup. Although his effort was in vain due to team failure.
On 7 June 2018, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) named Rhodes national team head coach until the end of the ICC World Twenty20 2020. Rhodes lost his first series as a coach for Bangladesh in July 2018 when West Indies won the 2-match Test Series 2–0. Bangladesh defeated West Indies 2–1 in the ODI series and registered their second victory of the ODI series in the West Indies.
Bangladesh later managed to defeat West Indies with a 2–1 lead in the T20I series. Rhodes congratulated his team for having made a comeback and winning the last two series after being defeated in the Test series, and he was delighted they won the T20 series against the West Indies world champions.
Bangladesh has won their first-ever final tournament under Rhodes the last time, after failing 6 times before. Tri-nation series between Bangladesh, Ireland and West Indies, the Tigers have beaten the Windies by 5 Wickets and won the trophy in their history for the first time.
Rhodes’ contract with the BCB was terminated in July 2019, after the team finished eighth in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.
The contribution of these 5 coaches to the Bangladesh Cricket team has been remarkably outstanding. Do let us know who’s been your favourite among them.