Albie Morkel
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Bangladesh Cricket Board has appointed the former South African batter Albie Morkel as the power-hitting batting coach for the Tigers only for the forthcoming three-match one-day series against South Africa starting on March 18.

BCB cricket operation chairman Mohammad Jalal Yunus confirmed to reporters on Tuesday that the 40-year-old has already started working with the Tigers.

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This is for the first time that the Tigers cricket administration has appointed a power-hitting for the Tigers.

‘He started working from Tuesday for the soon-to-be held ODIs against South Africa,’ told Jalal Yunus.

He believes that the Tigers will be benefited to a large extent under his coaching for the short stint.

‘He will work for five days. He is a very experienced batter and we feel that our batters will be benefited under his supervision.’

Albie is the second South African who has been appointed by the BCB inside two weeks following the appointment of Allan Donald as the pace bowling coach after the exit of the former Caribbean coach Ottis Gibson.

With the inclusion of Albie Morkel, Bangladesh’s coaching set-up is going through an overhaul in the recent past as they have also appointed Jamie Siddons as a batting coach prior to this month.

Now the Tigers have all in all three South African coaching staff at their den as, Russell Domingo, Allan Donald, and Albie Morkel as the last inclusion.

Meanwhile, they have engaged Shane McDermott who earlier had been appointed as the fielding coach who joined Tigers in South Africa ahead of the series.

McDermott brings over two decades of coaching experience. He was the Sri Lanka team’s fielding coach and Sri Lanka A side’s head coach. He has also worked with the Australia senior team as its interim assistant coach and fielding coach. In his professional career, he has been involved in various coaching capacities with Western Australia, South Australia, Northern Territory, and Cricket Tasmania.

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Bangladesh have been struggling with power-hitting for a long as this area is considered as the weakest link in their white-ball cricket. Tourist failed to capitalize on the power play more often than not and was seen struggling at the end.

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