BCB pulls up Donald for criticising Mathews' timed out dismissal

BCB pulls up Donald for criticising Mathews' timed out dismissal

The BCB has sought an explanation from Allan Donald, the Bangladesh team’s fast bowling coach, for his comments on Angelo Mathews’ dismissal after the World Cup match in Delhi on November 6. In an interview with CricBlog.net, conducted shortly after the team returned to their hotel in Delhi, Donald said that “it was disappointing to see” that kind of dismissal and found it “really difficult to watch it unfold.”

“He could have given his personal opinion later,” said a BCB official. “He is part of the team management, so when the team makes a decision, talking about it publicly is a violation of the code of conduct. He could have talked about it within the team or he could have talked directly to the player. He could “I may have talked about it within the team or I could have talked directly to the player. “I have reported it to the BCB, but not in public.”

Donald’s arrest was an expected reaction from the BCB, as the board generally disapproved of a member of the Bangladesh team management publicly criticizing the team’s decision.

But the BCB is unlikely to take any action because this is effectively Donald’s last assignment with the Bangladesh team. He has reportedly informed the board of directors that he will not continue once his contract expires at the end of the World Cup. Donald had been appointed to the role ahead of Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa in 2022.

Donald is not the only member of the coaching staff whose contract ends with this tournament. Rangana Herath (bowling coach), Shane McDermott (fielding coach), Nick Lee (head of physical performance) and Shrinivas Chandrasekaran (computer analyst) will also be out of contract. ESPNcricinfo understands that the BCB has issued letters to some of these coaches to continue at least until January 2. But it is not clear how many of them retain their current functions.

Bangladesh have two Tests scheduled against New Zealand at home from November 28 to December 10, before heading to New Zealand to play three ODIs and three T20Is from December 17 to 31.

S Sriram, who had joined as a technical consultant only for the World Cup, will also end his time with the team. He had worked in a similar role with them during the 2022 T20 World Cup.

Head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe, who joined in February, and assistant coach Nic Pothas, who took over in April, have time left on their respective contracts.

Before the match against Sri Lanka, Hathurusinghe had said that the seven months he had since being appointed coach were not enough to prepare the team for the World Cup and that his work would begin after the tournament.