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Walsh relishing Bangladesh challenge

Published:Saturday | December 10, 2016 | 12:00 AMShayne Fairman
Walsh (right)

West Indies' leading Test cricket wicket-taker Courtney Walsh says while the opportunity to coach didn't present itself at home, he is ready and raring to live his dream of a first international coaching sojourn with the Bangladesh cricket team.

The 54-year-old was set to leave the island for Australia for a training camp with Bangladesh, but stayed on in Jamaica to attend the 12th annual Courtney Walsh Awards for Excellence on Wednesday night.

The event was held at the Terra Nova Hotel in New Kingston.

Walsh, who played in a total of 132 Tests, will take up a three-year contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board.

He is, however, leaving the door open in the future, should the West Indies consider appointing him.

"I have got three years down there with them so I don't know what is going to happen after that, but I am not going to say yay or nay. I am happy to be where I am and I am happy to be able to have the experience to sort of round off something I have always wanted to do or enjoyed doing," Walsh outlined.

"If the chance comes to represent the West Indies at some point in time in that capacity, it's something I will seriously think about, but at this present time, where I am is where I am," Walsh told The Gleaner.

The bowling great describes himself as an enthusiastic coach who is very adaptable, ready to learn and helping and working with other people to improve, the challenge to help others to get better, as well.

"A lot of people were saying that it's (Bangladesh) a spin country and I shouldn't be there, but I am happy to be there, and play my part, and I think that once they play to their true potential," he reasoned, "(I) will just play my part as best as I can and hopefully reap some success."