Bangladesh’s new batting coach English man,Jon Lewis has arrived in Bangladesh to appear as a mentor for the national team set up.Jon Lewis is appointed as national team batting mentor for the upcoming two international series-West Indies and New-Zealand series.This two series period will be a testing period for this English man as batting consultant.
The former English batsman appointed as batting consultant for the upcoming series by BCB.He is going to be the replacement of the former South-African batsman Neil McKenzie who stepped down in August following the worldwide virus crisis.He stepped down for the family reason as he mentioned earlier.
The upcoming series against the Caribbean side is scheduled to take place in January at home ground.This series will be a comeback series for the tigers and Bangladeshi fans. The series consists of 2 tests and 3 ODIs.The West Indies side will be quarantined for 7 days as planned.Each game is very much important for the Bangladesh team.This series is a part of the World Test Championship(WTC) arranged by the world cricket’s governing body International Cricket Council(ICC).In addition,the tigers will launch their 2023 World Cup Qualifying campaign and this series will be the stepping stone for this campaign.
The BCB were looking for a long term solution for the batting department after the departure of South African.First of all,the BCB appointed New Zealand’s former coach Craig McMillan as Bangladesh national team’s batting consultant.For the Sri-Lanka series as planned before,BCB appointed McMillan as batting consultant.But,McMillan informed that he would not take the responsibility as the tigers batting coach.He pulled his name out of the contract as a batting mentor.As his father’s demise within his one month of appointment.but,the Sri-Lanka series was suspended centering the issue of required quarantine period.
However,the BCB wanted to manage a full time batting coach for the national team.They did not want to take much more time to fill in the place of mcMillan and McKenzie.They wanted to appoint qualified people in the aftermath of the Bangabandhu T20 cup.
“Due to the Covid-19 critical situation, no one is interested in a long term contract. We are already in great trouble with Daniel Vettori.Vettori wanted to come to Bangladesh but due to the complex Covid-19 rule in New Zealand he can’t come here for the series against West Indies,” BCB cricket operations chairman Akram Khan said.
“We actually want to see Lewis in two series after which we will decide whether he will be a good choice for us,” he remarked.
“For the people coming from the UK, there is a restriction of 14-day quarantine. But we will take special permission from the government so that he can join the national team if he returns Covid-19 negative. We had done so in our other coaches too,” BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.Akram said, “We had three or four coaches in our shortlist but we considered his experience. After discussing the shortlist among ourselves, including the head coach, we decided to select him. Due to the pandemic, nobody wants to go on a long-term contract. We will see him for a couple of series and then see if we can keep him for a longer period.”
“We will appoint someone who can serve us for long in all formats of the game for which we were delaying and waiting for a suitable candidate. We had a list of coaches in hand, from where you may have heard a couple of names,” Akram said to The Independent.
Jon Lewis’s introduction
The Tigers new coach Jon Lewis was appointed as the main batting coach of Sri-Lanka national team from December 2018.But the performance of the Sri-Lankan team in the 2019 world cup was not so good.As a result,the span of Lewis was terminated for Sri-Lanka national team.Jon Lewis,50 years old English right-handed batsman played for England national team.He played 1 test, 13 ODIs, 2 T20Is for England national team.He played 251 matches in first-class sector. Jon,the new coach scored 16 first-class centuries in a career spanning nearly two decades, is an experienced coach as well.He had led Durham club to three trophies between 2013 and 2016.The former Durham and Essex batsman scored over 10,000 runs over 17 seasons in the English county championship.The new batting coach has been in consulting career since 2007 and earned a vast experience of coaching with England’s ODI side as its batting coach.
In his first class career spanning 17 years from 1989 to 2006.Lewis scored almost 10000 runs in the Durham and Essex in the county championship.He has a leadership quality as well.He led the Durham and Essex team both.He is an ECB level-4 coach.In addition,he was the head coach of Durham for 2013-18.
Bangladesh team are looking forward to be top in international cricket in the coming years.In recent years,tigers performance in ODI format is really appreciable and noticeable.In addition,the U-19 team won the U-19 world cup against the rival ,India in 2019.It is really a great inspiration and indicator for the rising bangladesh cricket team in international circuit.As BCB are looking forward to solve the coaching issue permanently for the next couple of years,they appointed Jon Lewis ,who will be in demo mode for the next two series.If his performance is up to the mark,he may be the next permanent mentor for tigers.The next two series will be a litmus test for Jon Lewis as Bangladesh next batting coach.Besides, Jon is also the first choice of our national team head coach,Russell Domingo.Russell has a favour for this English man,as Lewis has a work experience in this sub-continent arena,as Sri-lanka’s batting coach.
Let’s see what happens in the Windies series and New-Zealand’s series.The national team performance in the batting sector will determine the future of Jon Lewis as a future batting coach of Bangladesh national team.