Bangladesh’s newly-appointed batting coach Jon Lewis arrived in the country today and will be joining the Tigers’ preliminary ODI squad’s camp which starts from January 10.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) said that they have already applied to the government’s concerned department for permission to relax the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for inbound passengers in order to have Lewis, a British citizen, join the Tigers’ camp early.
“There is a 14-day mandatory quarantine period in place for British citizens. We have already talked to the government’s concerned department about it and applied for a special permission. Not only for Lewis, but we have also applied for special permission for all of our British staff. It is already in the process of being granted to us and if that is the case, and they [Lewis and other British staff of BCB] test negative in two consecutive Covid-19 tests, they will be cleared to join the team,” said BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury.
The former English batsman has been appointed by the BCB as batting coach for their upcoming home series against West Indies this month and the tour of New Zealand in February.
The fifty-year-old former county opening batsman has been in coaching since 2007 and has recent experience of working with England’s ODI side as its batting coach. He has also been in the same role for Sri Lanka in 2018-2019.
Bangladesh will play a three-match ODI and two-match Test series against a visiting West Indies with the ODI series beginning from January 20. The Tigers will play the first of two Tests against West Indies on February 3.
Following the West Indies series, the Tigers will fly for New Zealand in the last week of February for three ODIs and three T20Is.