Former England Women’s Team head coach, Mark Robinson, is all set to join Bangladesh Women’s Cricket Team as the Head Coach from January, Bangladesh Cricket Board women’s wing chairman Nadel Chowdhury has confirmed the news to Cricbuzz on Saturday. Robinson will come in place of Anju Jain after her departure following Bangladesh’s poor show in the ICC Women’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia earlier this year.
Bangladesh lost all four of their group-league games in the mega event. Jain took over the charge in 2018 after the departure of David Capel. Although the team failed to do well in the tournament, Bangladesh registered 3 consecutive wins in 2019 against The Netherlands, Thailand, and in the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier under the guidance of Anju Jain and Devieka Palshikaar, the assistant coach.
Meanwhile, BCB plans to host a preparation camp in Sylhet from January as they are expected to take part in the 2021 ICC Women’s World Cup qualifiers which will take place in Sri Lanka from June 26 to July 10. Notably, the tournament was postponed earlier owing to the global pandemic novel COVID-19.
Like many other teams, Bangladesh team too didn’t play much and they last played on March 2. However, to prepare players for the qualifiers and other upcoming bilateral series, BCB has planned for the training camp where Mark Robinson is likely to be available in the camp as well.
“We are hoping for him (Robinson) to arrive in January and take over our national women’s cricket team. We are also expecting him to be available with our cricketers in their upcoming training camp,” Chowdhury said. “Though the contract is yet to be signed we have completed 80 percent of the formalities with him. He will be here on a two-year contract.”
Mark Robinson, the former Sussex coach, has played 229 First Class and 242 List A games where he claimed 584 and 256 wickets respectively. He also has a fair share of success as a coach. Under his guidance, England registered a comfortable victory in the 2017 Cricket World Cup, beating India by 9 runs and reached the final of 2018 Twenty20 World Cup in the Caribbean. However, he stepped down as the England coach in August 2019 after their defeat in the Ashes.
Hope the team will flourish again under his coaching.