Damien Wright named Bangladesh Under-19 coach


Damien Wright (right) had served as New Zealand’s bowling coach during the World Twenty20 in 2012 © Associated Press

Former Tasmania seamer Damien Wright has been appointed as the head coach of the Bangladesh Under-19 team. He will be in charge of the side until the Under-19 World Cup in New Zealand next year.

Wright, 41, has a solid pedigree in coaching. He has had stints with the New Zealand team, Tasmania, Victoria and Hobart Hurricanes and Melbourne Stars in the Big Bash League, after ending his playing career in 2011. He had made his first-class debut in 1997-98 and went onto represent Australia A and several English counties, including Somerset and Sussex.

Wright, in his new role, will be assisted by Abdul Karim Jewel, who is currently running the Under-19 training camp at the Shere Bangla National Stadium.

Wright will return to Australia before arriving in Dhaka in July to oversee the side’s preparations, heading into the World Cup.

“We will hit the ground running in the build-up which will include a lot of scenario stuff,” Wright said. “We will play some trial games. The guys look fit and strong. They look like they’ve been working really hard, which is great. I can see there are a number of wickets in our disposal, so we have no excuses.

“We are all in here to make sure we are improving slowly and peaking at the right time. I don’t want to peak right now, but certainly want to peak when we get to New Zealand.”