Colombo: Bangladesh have announced that Stuart Law will be their next coach, succeeding Jamie Siddons. Law, currently Sri Lanka's interim coach, will quit that position after the ongoing tour of England and will likely join the Bangladesh team in Dhaka prior to their tour of Zimbabwe.
Law - whose appointment was announced at a press conference in Dhaka on Monday - had served as Sri Lanka's assistant coach under Trevor Bayliss since 2009 and took charge of the team on a temporary basis, specifically for the tour of England, after Bayliss stepped down post the 2011 World Cup.
He will replace Jamie Siddons, whose contract wasn't renewed after the World Cup. "I only need to put pen to paper. I have finalised it so the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) can tell you," Law told Dhaka-based daily Prothom Alo. "I asked SLC if they would want me to continue after November but they couldn't confirm anything so I told them that I won't continue after the UK tour. The most important thing for me is job security.
"I just have to go back to Sri Lanka to sort out a few things and after I spend some time with my family, I will join the Bangladesh team. I'm not sure if it'll be two weeks or ten days before the tour to Zimbabwe," Law said.
Earlier on the England tour, Law, a former Australia batsman, had expressed his keenness to take over the Sri Lankan job on a full-time basis. "At this stage it's a wonderful opportunity to work with one of the best teams in the world so, yes, I am keen," he had said. "I've got this tour to show what I'm capable of."
One of Marvan Atapattu (batting coach), Ruwan Kalpage (fielding coach) and Champaka Ramanayake (bowling coach) was expected to take over from Law for the remainder of the tour.