Bangladesh Rope in Sunil Joshi As Spin Consultant

Dhaka: Sunil Joshi, the former India left-arm spinner, will join the Bangladesh national team as the spin bowling consultant ahead of the team’s two-Test series against Australia starting on August 27.

Joshi, 47, will lend his expertise to the talented array of Bangladesh spinners, who will be seeking to make an impact against an Australian side that acquitted itself with credit on its four-Test tour of India in February-March.

“It is an exciting opportunity for me, and I am looking forward to working with the Bangladesh spinners who I believe have what it takes to continue to make waves on the world stage,” Joshi told Wisden India. “I have obviously seen plenty of Shakib Al Hasan and Nasir Hossain, and I have followed the progress of Mehedi Hasan (the offspinner) and Taijul Islam (the left-arm spinner) with great interest.”

Joshi’s name had been linked with the Bangladesh job for the first time in February, during its one-off Test against India in Hyderabad, with indications then that he would help out the side during the two-Test series in Sri Lanka.

Bangladesh fought back from the loss of the first Test in Galle to carve out a four-wicket win in Colombo and square the series.

Last week, the Bangladesh Cricket Board had announced that Stuart MacGill, the original choice for the post, had declined the job due to personal reasons, and the BCB immediately turned to Joshi to fill the breach.