Bangladesh Cricket Board have appointed Naveed Nawaz as their Under-19 head coach on Tuesday (July 17). Nawaz will be responsible for overseeing the Bangladesh Under-19 team programmes and will prepare the Bangladesh side for the ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup to be staged in South Africa in 2020. He has already joined the U19 squad that is set to play a three-match series against High Performance Unit at Khulna.
”He has been appointed as U19 head coach until next World Cup. We expect his vast experience at working with age-level players will help him to take our cricketers forward,” a BCB official told Cricket Age.
A former international cricketer of Sri Lanka and an accomplished first class batsman, the 44-year-old has been involved in different coaching capacities since retiring as a player in 2004. He was the Head Coach of Sri Lanka Under-19 team from 2009 to 2014 and also worked as a batting coach for the Sri Lanka Emerging Players Squad in 2014-15. He is a High Performance (Level Three) Coach of Cricket Australia.
Nawaz, who has played 1 Test and 3 ODIs for Sri Lanka, replaces Damien Wright, who was responsible for taking the team forward during the last edition of the U19 World Cup in New Zealand. BCB did not extend the stay of the 41-year old Australian and opted to go for the Sri Lankan for the upcoming edition of the World Cup in 2020 in South Africa.