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Pybus to confirm Bangladesh coaching role

Mohammad Isam

May 11, 2012

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Richard Pybus receives the Coach of the Year 2009 award from Ray Mali, Johannesburg, June 30, 2009
Richard Pybus is due to decide within a week © Getty Images
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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all set to appoint Richard Pybus as the national head coach after a day of meetings and "fact-finding". None of the other candidates who were shortlisted - Mick Newell and Mark Greatbatch - are due to be interviewed, and Pybus' appointment is likely to be confirmed within a week.

"There won't be any more interviews, nobody else is coming. We want one person and I'm sure we will succeed," BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal said. "We have spoken to him [Pybus] and we are quite interested to get him. We can get a concrete decision from him in six to seven days."

After arriving late on Thursday night, Pybus spent time with Kamal at his residence. On Friday, he visited the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur to check out the facilities and meet some of the directors. In the evening, he met with some of the senior Bangladesh players in Dhaka. He is due to head back to Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

"This is nothing official nor is it an interview," Pybus told reporters. "This is a fact-finding mission on my behalf and I am here to meet the president and the support staff. I want to make an informed decision and find out whether I can make a valid contribution.

"It is about meeting people and finding a common ground. I have a family back in South Africa and I will go back and tell them whether it is feasible."

The living situation is the only hitch in an otherwise done deal as the BCB chief confirmed that there won't be any more interviews or meetings with the other candidates.

Pybus has seen Bangladesh up close a few times as Pakistan's coach, most famously when Bangladesh upset Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in a group game in Northampton. Before heading to Bangladesh, he spoke the wife of the late South Africa allrounder Eddie Barlow, who was Bangladesh's coach after that World Cup.

"Eddie Barlow was a friend of mine in South Africa and before he passed away, he spoke very highly about Bangladesh cricket," Pybus said. "I spoke to his wife Cally last week and she only had good things to say about the people in Bangladesh."

Pybus will be coaching an international side for the first time since 2003. He was impressed with Bangladesh's performance of late and said that he has a passion for the top job.

"There is a lot of raw talent, and they have started to play some good cricket, build on the work done by Stuart [Law] and the support staff on the progress of the boys. It (Shere Bangla Stadium) is a wonderful, world-class stadium. It is nice to be here and nice to be in a country where the passion is incredible.

"There's never a shortage of hunger there. There's always a challenge but it is about making a valid contribution. Those are the important things," he said.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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Posted by   on (May 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT)

@legaleagle....Well the good thing is that your wishes don't and will not come true and secondly times have changed as the other major teams have no choice but to field their inexperienced youngsters and the experienced Bangladeshi youngsters and will most likely win against them and the recent Asia Cup proved it. Secondly, people like you make Cricket boring by suggesting the weaker teams like Bangladesh should remove their status from International Cricket and just in case you have forgot, there are barely enough International teams that play Cricket at the highest level which is why Cricket has fallen behind the other sports such as Football and Rugby because they're not enough teams and most of the world don't even like or play Cricket haha...at least the Bangladesh players are better than you which is why you don't even play for the national team shame haha...you say Bangladesh don't have any good players - hahaha...just to remind you Shakib is the best all rounder in the world :)

Posted by   on (May 13, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

@legaleagle....Well the good thing is that your wishes don't and will not come true and secondly times have changed as the other major teams have no choice but to field their inexperienced youngsters and the experienced Bangladeshi youngsters and will most likely win against them and the recent Asia Cup proved it. Secondly, people like you make Cricket boring by suggesting the weaker teams like Bangladesh should remove their status from International Cricket and just in case you have forgot, there are barely enough International teams that play Cricket at the highest level which is why Cricket has fallen behind the other sports such as Football and Rugby because they're not enough teams and most of the world don't even like or play Cricket haha...lastly at least the Bangladesh players are better than you which is why you don't even play for your national team shame hahaha.... :))))

Posted by Legaleagle on (May 13, 2012, 1:42 GMT)

Bangladesh should be stripped of their ODI and Test cricket status. Forget about getting a coach. They should be playing local teams of Australia, England, South Africa and India.

They do not have quality players. Bangladesh should seriously think about taking a break from cricket. They should revamp their domestic system and then relaunch their team again.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 17:24 GMT)

An ordinary coach, with a mediocre record with Pakistan...... What can he possible do for Bangladesh.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 16:32 GMT)

@serious-am-i, you shouldn't feel too proud being World Cup winner. You won that cup and after that you started loosing almost every match in Away so what about this??? You shouldn't consider only Asia cup, isn't BD had never done well in Past!!!

Posted by Tawhid_002 on (May 12, 2012, 14:04 GMT)

@Marshal_of_the_Truth: Well said but its truth. Even Dada become a coach of BD, team BD may loss their ODI Status any time. Its better for him to play Danguly in other place!

Posted by serious-am-i on (May 12, 2012, 13:39 GMT)

@BD fans: Don't you consider your performance in Asia Cup too high. Let us get down to reality check/stats of Asia cup 2012, the matches won by the teams chasing are much higher because the ball was skidding off the surface rather than stopping and coming like the team which played under sun because of the dew factor. If you watch closely in all the matches the toss was considered crucial factor. Bd won all the tosses, so you guys weren't really tested while playing first. I am not saying chasing is easy but its considerably easy compared to the conditions and yes BD has improved in batting but its too early to come to an conclusion. @sabbor: Sandeep Patil coached Kenya in 2003 World Cup and they reached "Semi-Finals", the last 4, so come to reality with your statements. @indian_fight: Ganguly would like to make more money playing IPL rather than coaching.

Posted by r0ketman on (May 12, 2012, 13:25 GMT)

@ Lord_Dravid: "soo much funding, good facilities and huge cricket following population" - are you sure you are not talking about India here? What had India done with all the money in the world, good facilities and 1 + billion fans? "hoping to play major test teams and getting hammerd and shamelessly losing everytime" - again are you sure you are not talking about India? What happened in England last summer? Or in Australia? Ireland has poor overall record against BD, even though a lot of their players play in England. BD doesn't yet have a decent domestic system. All the money in the world has not bought India a fast bowler yet, ZK is not a fast bowler. After playing international cricket for over 150 years, India is still a hugely unbalanced team. They found some success in the past 10 to 15 years due to SRT, Dravid and Ganguly. before 1990s, India was the joke of cricket world, their win in 1983 was a fluke, as they failed to repeat it till they played on their home turf.

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

Listen this for all Indian friends, we Bangladeshi always wanted peace with your country and team. There r many fan of India in our country but the way u behave or treats us makes us go against you. Look over lord Dravid who always comments against bd cricket and for this we also comments against your cricket. So i think it is better to stop this mental war

Posted by   on (May 12, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

Listen this for all Indian friends, we Bangladeshi always wanted peace with your country and team. There r many fan of India in our country but the way u behave or treats us makes us go against you. Look over lord Dravid who always comments against bd cricket and for this we also comments against your cricket. So i think it is better to stop this mental war

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