Bangladesh are expected to start their preparation for the upcoming Asia Cup without spin bowling consultant Sunil Joshi, BCB sources confirmed on Thursday (August 23). The former Indian left-arm spinner was appointed by BCB as their spin consultant during the home series against Australia in 2017 and since then has remained an integral part of Bangladesh's coaching staff. The board is now looking to rope in former Pakistan legspinner Mushtaq Ahmed to fill Joshi's void.
BCB sources confirmed that Joshi is mulling to stay back in India as he was roped by the National Cricket Academy. "We have learnt that he will be working in National Cricket Academy (NCA) and if that is the case he is not available for us," said a BCB official.
BCB had gone all out in search of a spin consultant after the post went vacant since the departure of Ruwan Kalpage. BCB even tried to include Stuart MacGill in their coaching setup but when the former Australian leg-spinner declined to take up the role due to illness, the board turned towards Joshi after his name was proposed by the then Indian head coach Anil Kumble.
Joshi, who has played 15 Tests and 69 ODIs for India, was the Man of the Match in Bangladesh's first ever Test in 2000. He had scored 92 in his only innings and bagged eight wickets in the match, including a fifer.
Bangladesh will begin their preparations from August 27 for the upcoming Asia Cup. They will take on Sri Lanka in the tournament opener on September 15.