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On Friday, Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan revealed that former national team head coach Jamie Siddons has been appointed as batting consultant, with him starting in February 2022.
‘The BCB has appointed Jamie Siddons as batting consultant,’ Nazmul announced at a press conference following a board of directors meeting on Friday at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
Siddons, who led the Tigers from 2007 to 2011, was widely expected to return to Bangladesh’s coaching staff as a batting consultant.
When Ashwell Prince was chosen as the hitting coach in August, such rumours were put to rest. Nazmul has already announced Siddons’ return to Bangladesh as a coach, however the location of his office has yet to be determined.
‘We’ll figure out where Siddons will work.’ The HP team, the Under-19 team, the national squad, the Bangla Tigers, or any other team we desire. We could also provide him with a training group of 15-16 batsmen,’ Nazmul said.
Siddons’ appointment is part of BCB’s goal to ensure that players have the opportunity to enhance their game between tours, and the board will soon hire comparable trainers for other departments as well, according to Nazmul.
- Jamie Siddons Career As Player
Over a 16-year career, Siddons was known for his role in Sheffield Shield first-class cricket. He began his career with Victoria before moving on to South Australia.
He set the Shield run record of 9,364 runs on November 23, 1997, and went on to hit 10,643 runs in 146 games. After Darren Lehmann and Jamie Cox, he is now the third best run-scorer in Shield history. Some consider him to be one of the best batsmen in Shield competition who has yet to earn a regular international berth, despite having just played one One Day International (ODI) for Australia, making 32 runs in 1988.
In 1984, Siddons also made two appearances with the Sydney Swans, an Australian rules football team.
Siddons was appointed as Bangladesh’s national cricket coach on October 28, 2007. After the 2011 World Cup, in which Bangladesh failed to qualify for the quarter-finals, his contract expired, and he left Bangladesh. He was named the Wellington Firebirds’ coach in New Zealand in June 2011.
Jamie Siddons was a quick learner when it comes to coaching because his cricket career was short. Under this Australian coach, all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and opener Tamim Iqbal have established themselves as batsmen.
Jalal, who previously served as the chair of the BCB’s media and communication department, will now serve as the head of the cricket operations department, succeeding Akram Khan, who recently announced his desire to stand down due to family obligations.
The newly elected director Tanvir Ahmed Titu will chair the media and communications committee, with Jalal as vice-chairman.
As Nazmul assured the reporters, the committees’ specifics will be released soon.
Nazmul was elected president of the BCB for the third time just before the T20 World Cup this year, at the BCB’s seventh general election.