Australia's assistant coach reportedly out of reckoning September 18, 2007

Jamie Siddons unlikely as Bangladesh coach

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh's search for a national coach looks set to continue after it was reported that Jamie Siddons, an assistant coach with the Australian team, was out of contention for the role.

"I don't think he [Siddons] has any chance because his terms and conditions do not match our limits," Gazi Ashraf, chairman of the Bangladesh board's cricket operations committee, told the Daily Star, a Dhaka-based newspaper. "It apparently looks like we have to make a new start. We have some new candidates in line but everything is in preliminary stage."

Bangladesh shortlisted three names for the role but John Harmer, also from Australia, is the only one to have made a presentation to the board. Dave Houghton, the former Zimbabwe captain, had withdrawn his candidature last month citing family reasons.

The board has been looking for a national coach since Dav Whatmore had refused a two-year contract extension after spending four years with the team. Whatmore's last assignment was the home series against India in May. Shaun Williams has been interim coach of the team since the the away series against Sri Lanka in June and July.