Bangladesh news May 29, 2012

Newell withdraws from Bangladesh running

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Mick Newell has withdrawn from the running to be the next Bangladesh coach. Newell, the director of cricket at Nottinghamshire, had been shortlisted as a candidate to replace Stuart Law in the role but has now informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that he is not available for family reasons.

Newell's withdrawal leaves Richard Pybus as the overwhelming favourite to land the job. While the BCB have a shortlist of names that includes Mark Greatbatch, Dermot Reeve and Kepler Wessels, Pybus remains their preferred candidate. Law stood down in order to take the role of high performance coach at Australia's Centre of Excellence. Shane Jurgensen, who had been the bowling coach, has been appointed as interim Bangladesh coach.

"It is hugely flattering to be linked to such a job and, in many ways, it is a very attractive opportunity," Newell told ESPNcricinfo. "But I just felt that the time was not quite right for me. I have twins aged eight and didn't think they were at the age where they would understand if I was away for 10 or 11 months of the year.

"The other thing was that I knew that if I took the job, I would probably never coach Nottinghamshire again. I've worked for the club for 30 years and I've been coaching there for 10 years. It doesn't get much better than working for Nottinghamshire and I would have to think very carefully before leaving."

Negotiations between 47-year-old Newell and the BCB never progressed to the point where finances or length of contract were discussed. Instead, Newell, who has twice (2005 and 2010) overseen Nottinghamshire winning the County Championship, asked for some details about the position and then made his decision.

"My questions were about how they saw the role of the head coach and support staff. We never talked about money. They responded and, after 24 hours having a think about things, I decided that the time wasn't quite right for me to pursue this.

"It is a role that would be of huge interest at the right time. I hope I haven't ruled myself out of contention in the future as coaching an international team remains something I would like to do. I'd love to coach England at some stage - I'm sure any coach will tell you they want to work with the best players they can but, due to the age of my children, I have notified the BCB that I am not available for this role."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Third_Gear on May 30, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    He came know that he is not getting the job PYBUS appointment is the prove.

  • Praxis on May 30, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Put off all the possible candidates, Newell was the one I was hoping for. Doesn't matter much, we'll probably get someone better very soon.

  • on May 30, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    What about Stephan Fleming as he is good coach for Asian Conditions as he is doing same with CSK

  • waheed1233 on May 30, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    @ Lord_Dravid: Lol......do u follow cricket at all? What made u think ireland looked more promising than Bangladesh. If i compare ur arguments from indian perspective, look at india today...with more money than Bangladesh, much more fan following (considering much higher population) than Bangladesh, much more facilities than Bangladesh, lots and lots of international coaches (batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, psychologist, etc), it took them more than 40 years to reach an average position in world cricket. What more did they need to reach there?

  • 30-30-150 on May 30, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Looks like Bangladeshi fans want a piece of people like Wright and Wessels. I don't think they would want to waste their time on this type of a team. Its better to coach some U-19 side back home rather than coming over to BD, wasting your expertise and facing the wrath of fans if the team doesn't do well.

  • on May 30, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Wow, so the self-appointed candidate has withdrawn. Funny thing is BCB did not show any interest in him at all! @Lord_Dravid- man you really are a clown- if Bangladesh is atrocious then what is India? a team Bangladesh beats on a regular basis in major competitions. Oh- finally Dravid is mediocre! Shakib is much, much better!

  • on May 30, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    very funny Newell. BCB never interested and he talking like a BCB running from his back side. never mind good newell.

  • Tawhid_002 on May 30, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    BCB should avoid the high profile coaches because they demand too much salary, short term agreement, more leaves, Air tickets, no tax on money and other extra & unusual benefits. The success depends on players not on the coach. Players make coach successful. Bangladesh is a promising cricketing power now. So, it's better to spend more money on players by improving practice facilities, playing in foreign country, player motivation, new player searching, & Junior level cricket regulation for future. BCB should appoint mid-level coaches from AUS or SA or SL for various level & national team. It will ensure proper utilization of money for future.

  • on May 29, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Lord_Dravid...I understand your concern. u r right actually....that's the only way u can actually save India from getting kicked out of major tournaments like World Cup and Asia cup!

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 29, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    I agree with some of the things said here. Newell himself says he is interested when BCB didnt approach him like serious professional wise, and all of a sudden he says he can't. Is it in the blood of English people of making drama? Can't understand Newell really he should be more professional as he is in county cricket. Lord_Dravid oh man you never seize to amaze. I think its not enough that India was beaten 4-0 in England and 4-0 in Aus. Please resurrect your country's cricket first which is a big LOL at the moment.

  • Third_Gear on May 30, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    He came know that he is not getting the job PYBUS appointment is the prove.

  • Praxis on May 30, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Put off all the possible candidates, Newell was the one I was hoping for. Doesn't matter much, we'll probably get someone better very soon.

  • on May 30, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    What about Stephan Fleming as he is good coach for Asian Conditions as he is doing same with CSK

  • waheed1233 on May 30, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    @ Lord_Dravid: Lol......do u follow cricket at all? What made u think ireland looked more promising than Bangladesh. If i compare ur arguments from indian perspective, look at india today...with more money than Bangladesh, much more fan following (considering much higher population) than Bangladesh, much more facilities than Bangladesh, lots and lots of international coaches (batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, psychologist, etc), it took them more than 40 years to reach an average position in world cricket. What more did they need to reach there?

  • 30-30-150 on May 30, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Looks like Bangladeshi fans want a piece of people like Wright and Wessels. I don't think they would want to waste their time on this type of a team. Its better to coach some U-19 side back home rather than coming over to BD, wasting your expertise and facing the wrath of fans if the team doesn't do well.

  • on May 30, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Wow, so the self-appointed candidate has withdrawn. Funny thing is BCB did not show any interest in him at all! @Lord_Dravid- man you really are a clown- if Bangladesh is atrocious then what is India? a team Bangladesh beats on a regular basis in major competitions. Oh- finally Dravid is mediocre! Shakib is much, much better!

  • on May 30, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    very funny Newell. BCB never interested and he talking like a BCB running from his back side. never mind good newell.

  • Tawhid_002 on May 30, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    BCB should avoid the high profile coaches because they demand too much salary, short term agreement, more leaves, Air tickets, no tax on money and other extra & unusual benefits. The success depends on players not on the coach. Players make coach successful. Bangladesh is a promising cricketing power now. So, it's better to spend more money on players by improving practice facilities, playing in foreign country, player motivation, new player searching, & Junior level cricket regulation for future. BCB should appoint mid-level coaches from AUS or SA or SL for various level & national team. It will ensure proper utilization of money for future.

  • on May 29, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Lord_Dravid...I understand your concern. u r right actually....that's the only way u can actually save India from getting kicked out of major tournaments like World Cup and Asia cup!

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 29, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    I agree with some of the things said here. Newell himself says he is interested when BCB didnt approach him like serious professional wise, and all of a sudden he says he can't. Is it in the blood of English people of making drama? Can't understand Newell really he should be more professional as he is in county cricket. Lord_Dravid oh man you never seize to amaze. I think its not enough that India was beaten 4-0 in England and 4-0 in Aus. Please resurrect your country's cricket first which is a big LOL at the moment.

  • on May 29, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    well said Ahmed..I believe that this Lord Dravid gets mental satisfaction when he outcry against bd cricket

  • borhans on May 29, 2012, 20:33 GMT

    Bangladesh should look for a non white coach this time .Most of the white coach don't last long .they miss their family ,country so much that Bangladesh cricket can't stand their demand .bring a batting coach from india & bowling coach from Pak .Foreign coach can't give good Technic as asian pitch are different than western pitch

    @ Lord dravid did you stopped watching cricket after England lost to Ireland then switch on your tv & look at the last games that BD played in asia cup .Your ancient judgement about BD cricket won't last this time

  • on May 29, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid....I don't get it! you clearly have a problem with Bangladesh Cricket so why bother commenting and wasting your time? The fact is these Bangladeshi players are better than you so your 'opinions' are of no value. You say Ireland look more promising than Bangladesh when there is not much evidence to back up your point I mean what have Ireland done that Bangladesh hasn't? Just in case you have forgot, the ICC are not even considering giving Ireland Full Membership Status because they clearly know something that you and I don't and now don't tell me that you know better than the ICC? lol...Just in case you have forgot, out of the 7 ODI matches Bangladesh and Ireland have played between them, Bangladesh have the better head to head record 5-2 and ranked higher so that proves Bangladesh are better than Ireland so your argument and views are invalid by these evidences :)"

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Mick was never in the race. Still BCB is waiting for Richard Pybus. Mick himself announced that he is interested and now he is no more..!!!! cant understand why did he make so much drama.

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on May 29, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Ok Now Plz Bring Pybus or Kepler Wesseles

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    BCB sucks..!! most of the high profile coach dont wanna come to BD..!!

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 29, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Family comes first. Good luck Newell. Please no Mark Greatbatch. While he was with New Zealand, they suffered 4-0 defeat against Bangladesh. Bd players know more than Greatbatch. Kepler Wessels is more than great option, also Dermot Reeve is ok. But why no John Wright is really baffling and puzzling. BCB didnt hear of John Wright probably.

  • on May 29, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Do not have to go for a white coach necessarily. Slavish mentality is killing Asian cricket. Candidate Pybes is good, how about Lara, Cortney Walsh, Rajput, or Wasim Akram. Once rid of the inferioity complex plaguing the subcontinent people they might be better candidates despite higher content of melanin in their skin.

  • on May 29, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Newell is also a great coach..... but I am surprised to see that BCB only thinks about Pybus. Pybus' demand is so high that it can't possible for BCB to fulfill his demand. So BCB should give up about Pybus rather they should think over other coaches. Mick Newell can be a great coach for Bangladesh.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 29, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    i think newell made the right decision not to coach bangladesh because i dont think any coach in this world could raise bangladesh cricket standards..i mean they're just atrocious and wont learn from their mistakes..in this era with all the money, facilities and huge fan following bangladesh havent gone anywhere..i mean what more could a team need? they dont need an international coach ..they just need to play foreign domestic teams in order to improve..its really that simple. The ICC needs to stop giving money to bangladesh and divert all its resources to ireland who look much more promising.

  • joynal693 on May 29, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Actually i think BCB did a tactical mistake. BCB is communicating with the other options in hand and on the other hand they are prioritizing Pybus to bring him. So, the other coaches do not like to hang on themselves in the uncertainties. BCB should be more cautious in appointing coach.

  • wiseshah on May 29, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    this guy write news by himself. oneday, he says he is very interested--when we dont hear anything from BCB. on the other day, he appologized for not being available. final news: there was no contract, no negotiation, no interview happened.BCB never showed any interest though there might be chance but he makes himself news item.

  • tigers_eye on May 29, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Best wishes to the Newell family. Class guy all the way!! May be in near future we will see you in green and red jersey.

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  • tigers_eye on May 29, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Best wishes to the Newell family. Class guy all the way!! May be in near future we will see you in green and red jersey.

  • wiseshah on May 29, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    this guy write news by himself. oneday, he says he is very interested--when we dont hear anything from BCB. on the other day, he appologized for not being available. final news: there was no contract, no negotiation, no interview happened.BCB never showed any interest though there might be chance but he makes himself news item.

  • joynal693 on May 29, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    Actually i think BCB did a tactical mistake. BCB is communicating with the other options in hand and on the other hand they are prioritizing Pybus to bring him. So, the other coaches do not like to hang on themselves in the uncertainties. BCB should be more cautious in appointing coach.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 29, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    i think newell made the right decision not to coach bangladesh because i dont think any coach in this world could raise bangladesh cricket standards..i mean they're just atrocious and wont learn from their mistakes..in this era with all the money, facilities and huge fan following bangladesh havent gone anywhere..i mean what more could a team need? they dont need an international coach ..they just need to play foreign domestic teams in order to improve..its really that simple. The ICC needs to stop giving money to bangladesh and divert all its resources to ireland who look much more promising.

  • on May 29, 2012, 16:15 GMT

    Newell is also a great coach..... but I am surprised to see that BCB only thinks about Pybus. Pybus' demand is so high that it can't possible for BCB to fulfill his demand. So BCB should give up about Pybus rather they should think over other coaches. Mick Newell can be a great coach for Bangladesh.

  • on May 29, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    Do not have to go for a white coach necessarily. Slavish mentality is killing Asian cricket. Candidate Pybes is good, how about Lara, Cortney Walsh, Rajput, or Wasim Akram. Once rid of the inferioity complex plaguing the subcontinent people they might be better candidates despite higher content of melanin in their skin.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 29, 2012, 18:22 GMT

    Family comes first. Good luck Newell. Please no Mark Greatbatch. While he was with New Zealand, they suffered 4-0 defeat against Bangladesh. Bd players know more than Greatbatch. Kepler Wessels is more than great option, also Dermot Reeve is ok. But why no John Wright is really baffling and puzzling. BCB didnt hear of John Wright probably.

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    BCB sucks..!! most of the high profile coach dont wanna come to BD..!!

  • SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on May 29, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    Ok Now Plz Bring Pybus or Kepler Wesseles

  • on May 29, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    Mick was never in the race. Still BCB is waiting for Richard Pybus. Mick himself announced that he is interested and now he is no more..!!!! cant understand why did he make so much drama.