Bangladesh news April 12, 2011

Siddons' Bangladesh tenure ends


Bangladesh coach Jamie Siddons will be looking for a new job after the nation's cricket board confirmed on Tuesday night that his contract would not be renewed. Siddons, who has coached the Bangladesh side since October 2007, appeared unlikely to win a contract extension from the moment his team failed to meet lofty home expectations during the 2011 World Cup, missing out on a quarter-final berth after heavy defeats to West Indies and South Africa.

The decision was made during a BCB meeting. "It has been agreed that national team head coach Jamie Siddons' contract, which expires on June 30, 2011, will not be extended," Mohammed Jalal Yunus, chairman of the BCB media and communications committee, said. "We are appreciative of Jamie's contribution over the last four years. However, we feel the time is right to ring in changes in the team management and support staff. We are going to invite applications for the head coach's position very soon."

Siddons was not surprised when informed of the board decision. "It's been a great experience and I've loved every second of it," he told ESPNCricinfo. "I think we've achieved a lot of things over the past four years, but we've also had some really bad moments and the World Cup, particularly the games against West Indies and South Africa, were some of those."

Seeking a challenge after largely smooth sailing as the Australian team batting coach, Siddons certainly found one in Bangladesh, where he achieved a notable improvement in the team's overall results, though the occasional embarrassing surrender still took place.

The series against Australia has been punctuated by a general feeling of unease within the Bangladesh camp, with the public and media still angered by the World Cup results, while the players wonder about who would be leading them into the future.

Board decisions over the future of the national selection panel are expected to be made before the end of April, while a host of support staff are either leaving or under review. In addition to Siddons, the bowling coach Ian Pont has already departed, while the fielding coach Julien Fountain has been in negotiations over an extension to his deal, which runs out on April 30. Strength and conditioning coach Grant Trafford Luden will stay on for another year, while the future of team physio Michael Henry is still to be decided.

Siddons will have his contract paid out and depart Dhaka soon after the conclusion of the third and final limited overs match against Australia.

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2011, 14:08 GMT

    Thanks Jamie..We shall always remember you for your contribution.

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2011, 2:13 GMT

    Siddons was the most successful coach till now. What is BCB thinking ?

  • D on April 14, 2011, 15:47 GMT

    @Marshal_of_the_Truth: dude you are way overreacting. I did not say don't play Bang in 2015. I just think automatic selection of Bang over Ireland is wrong as there is not much between the two teams. The right thing was to let them slug it out in a qualifier. From an Indian POV it is better to have Bang play in 2015 so we can thump you once again for 2007 :-)

  • Raziul on April 14, 2011, 7:46 GMT

    Jamie has a don a lot for BD team. Wish him all da BEST. Within his time we ve found useful players like sakib, tamim, riad, mushfik n shafiul. BD team is on progress n if coaches like Jamie comes and train Bd players den BD ll b a gr8 cricket team. We should bring gud coaches frm australia n sa. Selection of players must b perfect as well.

  • Raihan on April 14, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    It would be suicidal to appoint someone from sub-continent. We had bad experience Mahindar Amarnath. I reckon appointing a coach from Australia is the best option. for example Adam Gilchrist as batting coach and MGrath as bowling coach. Bangladesh always did well under Australian Coach. BCB should appoint a support team from Australia as well.

  • Dummy4 on April 14, 2011, 5:21 GMT

    Jamie is a great coach and we did some success to some extend. But Bangladesh needs a Test batting coach, who will not only teach technique, but also guide/inspire players to play better innings. Hire someone from sub-continent, possibly Sourav please.

  • Marshal on April 13, 2011, 21:44 GMT

    @nlambda: So, at present what Ireland badly need is to get supportive facilities and frequent involvement with competitive international cricket for their proper growth of talent. Now, in the favor of overflowing Love of Indian Cricket Fans for Irish cricket, will India host Ireland to Play in India regularly or provide direct supportive nurture for the welfare of Irish Cricket??? In this point of view, Indian Fans along with other Irish Votaries should think over the matter rather than to write and spread one ofter one Love Letters for Irish team !!

  • Marshal on April 13, 2011, 21:42 GMT

    @nlambda: Watching such a large scale hymn to Ireland, it seems like that Indian Cricket Fans have suddenly fallen in Love to Ireland team as like as Love between Romeo and Juliet !! Well, Although Nobody can deny that Ireland is playing promising cricket for past 4 years. But, If you adjudicate Ireland team with Kenya for the worthiness of playing of world cup on the basis of their cricketing achievements, then who will come in first? 2003 semifinalist Kenya? Or only 2 times contestant Ireland? Of Course Its kenya, But What Problem they got into? They failed to foster cricket with enough popularity and support. Thats why their 2003 semifinalist generation is no longer exist. And What about Ireland? Many one of their team r fancy cricketers, not professional. Their cricket popularity and supportive infrastructure r still questionable. As a Result, there is a high chance to lose their present admired generation within next 4-5 years as like as Kenya.

  • Dummy4 on April 13, 2011, 16:22 GMT

    I think that Siddon's contract should be extended. What will Siddon or other coach do, if players are unable to execute the plan in action????? As a Bangladeshi Cricket Fan, I would say, whatever Siddon gave us.....its cool. Bangladesh need to change its CURATORS(who makes the pitch) because I never saw the pitches they made it acted whatever they (Curators) said. If Curators say, this pitch will good for spain......I NEVER FOUND IT MADE SPAIN WHEN BALL PITCHED......OR SAME THING GOES TO BATTING OR SEMING. I am just wondering why this CURATOR guy doesn't go under watchful eyes. We always blame Players, Coach or bla bla bla. Now it is time to Focus on this Curators people. Bangladesh need a Good Coach for its Under 19's Team. We should keep Jimmy as a Head Coach because its players duty to perform on the field .....not the Coach. So I still thing that Jimmy can give us something.........

  • D on April 13, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    @Marshal_of_the_Truth: 2007 is long gone, we are world champions! And questioning Bang's automatic selection for 2015 ahead of Ireland is valid. Even in the current series against Aus Bang have looked very ordinary and out of their depth. The 1st one dayer where the batsmen did not even make an effort to chase and ended the innings 5 wickets still in hand shows how demoralized they are. Ireland would have been 240 all out rather than ending up 210/5.

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