Trevor Chappell named Bangla fielding coach

Published: Tuesday, December 9, 2003, 1:47 [IST]
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Dhaka: Former Australian Test cricketer Trevor Chappell will join Bangladesh as fielding coach ahead of their upcoming tour of Zimbabwe, officials said in Dhaka.

Bangladesh Cricket Board officials also named former Sri Lankan Cricket Academy chief Wayne Mataya as the team's batting coach.

Both Chappell and Mataya will work with chief coach Dav Whatmore in a bid to improve the Bangladeshi team, which have lost 25 of their 26 matches since gaining Test status in 2000.

Bangladesh are also winless in One-dayers since their upset victory over Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in England. This remains their only win against a Test-playing nation. "Fielding is always an important thing. Sometimes our team fields well and sometimes it doesn't," Whatmore told New Age newspaper. "It's good to have specialists work for the team and it's good to have different faces. We want to find out our problems before the Zimbabwe tour."

Bangladesh leave for Zimbabwe in February for two Test matches and five One-day Internationals.

Whatmore, who coached Sri Lanka to their only World Cup triumph in 1996, said it was the right time to bring in the coaches

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