Bangladesh news April 16, 2012

Stuart Law quits as Bangladesh coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Stuart Law has resigned as Bangladesh coach after nine months in the job, citing family reasons. He will stay on till the end of June, when his contract expires.

His decision to quit comes less than a month after Bangladesh reached the final of the Asia Cup, widely seen as one of their finest achievements.

"It is with great regret and a heavy heart that today I announce my stepping down as the head coach of Bangladesh," Law said.

He said he will move back to Australia after two and a half years in the subcontinent, which included a coaching stint with Sri Lanka. "Living away from the family and not seeing people growing up, I think we all understand that family comes first," he said. "Cricket has been a huge part of my life but over the years I have realised that there is nothing more important than the family and if they are not happy then I am not happy and something had to give."

Law had taken over as national coach last July, and though the initial results were disappointing - including losses to Zimbabwe - the home season ended with Bangladesh upsetting India and Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup, before losing the final in a last-ball finish.

The BCB did not give any indication of who would replace Law. However Dean Jones, who had a brief stint in the Bangladesh Premier League as technical director of Chittagong Kings, announced his presence in the fray. "Yes the Bangladesh Cricket Board has asked me if I would be interested to coach the national team.. Considering options," he tweeted.

Law's decision appeared to have come as a surprise to those in the team. Tamim Iqbal said he was completely unaware about Law's intentions after the Asia Cup. "I'm completely taken by surprise. But family comes first," Tamim told ESPNcricinfo.

Bangladesh media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said the board understood Law's decision. "As he (Law) has said the family was his priority and that should be the case for all of us," Yunus said. "We are sorry to see him go, especially at a time when under his guidance the Bangladesh team is doing really well and showing good consistency."

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  • N on April 17, 2012, 5:37 GMT

    with due respect to Saurav Ganguly, I don't think he would be any good addition to BD cricket. I still think BCCB should get back Jimmy Siddons or someone with same credentials as J Sid.Don't wanna get into debate with his track record as a coach. But I reckon he was the man who has changed the BD dressing room environment. BCCB needs a foresighted management. Once the proper professionalism grows within the team & within the players, results'll be reflected on the yard. Needs lot of grooming. Need to produce lots more batsman and heaps of pace bowlers. BD team won't go anywhere without a proper pace bowling attack. All the best with the PAK tour.

  • M on April 16, 2012, 20:14 GMT

    @adis26 and Praxis;

    I am sure you will get emotional if other countries refuse to visit your country to play cricket...and yes I admit that there was a security lapse and I am sure we can do much better this thank you Bangladesh!! and keep coming!!

  • Saif on April 16, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    Some comments from my Pakistani brothers are disrespectful. Bangladesh does not play cricket in courtesy of PCB. If PCB had cast its vote in favour of Bangladesh from political motive that shows the UNPROFESSIONALISM of PCB. We fairly know what happened with Bangladesh's test status achievement. Noway PCB can't claim its 'patent' on BD test status. It was success of BCB's cricketing diplomacy if they could convince enough boards to vote for them.

  • Khair ul on April 16, 2012, 18:15 GMT

    We are seeing a lot of this "family" stuff as excuse these days. Politicians in western countries started this and now coaches have caught the malaise. People should consider their options seriously before taking on the job. Certainly it is not funny when people change their minds in the course of a few months.

    BD should try to get Ganguly. There should be some emotional attachment to the team as well in addition to professionalism and skill. Ganguly I think has all three, and he won't have to travel very far from home. He could visit family every weekend if he wanted. Let's persuade him.

  • Rizwan on April 16, 2012, 17:28 GMT

    @alimu24, getting emotional will not help anyone, yes we are thankful for the support Pakistan gave us to achieve test status. But this isn't about simply returning the favor, we are learning about the current situation in your country from newspapers, channels & internet & its not very convincing. And majority of Bangladeshi people(yes, follow the comments on internet & its true) aren't too happy about this tour. Also we aren't very proud about the fact that BCB president supports this tour for his own intentions. Its true that our team is the lowest ranked team & we do need as much exposure to competitive cricket as possible but safety of our cricketers comes first.

  • Hira on April 16, 2012, 17:25 GMT

    @Saabir786..ohh plzz dont think about ganguly as bangladesh coach...ganguly is ours and indias only!! :)

  • SABIR on April 16, 2012, 16:41 GMT

    saurav ganguly,mohsin khan,wasim akram,greg chappel,tom moddy or dean jones should be the contender forn next coach job.saurav ganguly to me is the real candidate for coach job he made india in to the world beaters

  • Sakthi on April 16, 2012, 16:10 GMT

    Quitting is always better that Touring Pakistan . Its obvious, still he made BD a good side.

  • Mohsin on April 16, 2012, 16:02 GMT

    IAN PONT or MOHSIN KHAN- these two men are appropriate for the head coach job

  • M on April 16, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    It boils my blood to hear people say that Pakistan is not safe...especially a country like Bangladesh which should thank us for its entry to test cricket!!! There are places more unstable, insecure and absolute no go zones (Sri Lanka and India) in the world but no one would refuse to go- !!!

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