Bangladesh news April 19, 2011

Bangladesh selectors' contracts not renewed

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The Bangladesh selectors' contracts, which expire on April 30, will not be renewed the Bangladesh Cricket Board has said. The three-man committee is headed by Rafiqul Alam and includes former captain Akram Khan and Zahid Razzak.

The decision comes as part of a revamp of the Bangladesh cricket setup, after a disappointing World Cup performance. Coach Jamie Siddons departed earlier this month, after Bangladesh succumbed 3-0 to Australia at home, while a host of support staff are either leaving or under review. While bowling coach Ian Pont has already parted ways with Bangladesh cricket, strength and conditioning coach Grant Trafford Luden will stay on for another year and the future of fielding coach Julien Fountain and physio Michael Henry is as yet unclear.

The BCB has also decided to initiate legal proceedings against Nimbus Sports International, to recover outstanding dues in connection with television broadcast rights.

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  • on April 22, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    some experienced former test player should b in selectors panel...

  • on April 22, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    In no way Akram Khan should be retained in the selection panel, He never goes to the field, how can he select the players??

  • AbinNewYork on April 21, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Please no subcontinental coaches for Bangladesh.That will be a great recipe for destroying Bangladesh cricket.No country in this subcontinent wants Bangladesh to do good.We need a coach from Australia or South Africa.Raquibul is still one of the better batsmen in Bangladesh with proper technique like Mushfiq.These are solid batsmen they just need some time to grow up and needs the public to get off their butt.Bangladesh never had any experienced players to begin with so we had no option but to start fresh with a young set of players.Please do not ask to bring back players like Habibul Bashar, Khaled Masud who had no basic cricketing skills.

  • Agni2 on April 20, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    The problem is with the players not the selectors!!!

  • Biggus on April 20, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    @praxis-Yes, it's a big job mate, and it's going to cost a lot of money to put the BD first class competition on a solid footing, but if BD wants to be able to produce test class players on a consistent basis there is no real alternative. The quicks don't have to be express but must be accurate and be capable of swinging and/or seaming the ball. I thought they were the weakest link in the recent series and they were easy pickings for the OZ bats. You can't bowl short and wide at 120kmh. Building a strong cricket tradition and a reserve of accumulated wisdom takes at least a couple of cricketing generations, say 20 years, and that's if you approach it properly, all very hard for fans who want to see results NOW. You've got a huge population base, you guys love the game and the raw talent is there, they're just not receiving a good cricketing education, and it's too late once they come into the squad. It's time for BD to bite the bullet and make some hard choices for the future. Cheers!

  • Praxis on April 20, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    @Biggus, I agree to almost everything you've said. The truth is the 1st class cricket structure needs a lot of changes here but unfortunately we don't see any signs of that happening. Also after 10 years the national team's full of young players, where's the experience? The biggest concern is the quick bowlers, the low & slow pitches in BD may not help us to see it clearly but in matches abroad we need good ones. 3 left arm spinner probably won't do much good.

  • on April 20, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    An "IPL" style tournament promoted by "BCB" and backed by Bangladesh government would be a wonderful thing for both Bangladeshi cricket lover and the Sub-Continent. I say that Bangali myself knowingly India is like our older sister they are bigger and financially more powerful than us but Bangalis have enormous spirit and willingness to do this. We have proved it by showing the best "World Cup Cricket 2011" opening ceremony ever by ICC, in this tournament poor Bengali's spent 325 Cror or nearly $50 million US doller. So, why not a shorter version of "Premier Cricket in Land of Royal Bengal" and Guest player from all around the world including from associates.

  • Biggus on April 20, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    A difficult job! Balancing sensible selection strategies against the often quixotic passions of the Bangladeshi fan (A:"Were going to win the World Cup". B:"Our players are losers. Drop them all".) would give anyone headaches. I'm a big supporter of the BD effort but the fans have to be patient. The best thing to do is to set up a really good domestic competition, one that will make the step up from first class to international less daunting but you wouldn't see the results of that for 10 years. At least it would see real, consistent improvement, analogous to 'healthy' food versus the 'sugar rush' of dumping players, coach and selectors. The team that recently met AUS impressed me quite a lot, and I'd be hanging on to most of them if it was up to me. Taking 3 similar slow left armers into a game was less impressive, their quicks need to bowl accurately and their batsmen need to change the 'boundary or dot ball' approach. Apart from that I like what I saw.

  • on April 19, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    who ever the selector is the msg should be clear... Roqibul should never ever play for bd.

  • on April 19, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    seriously why naimur rehman of all the people....

  • on April 22, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    some experienced former test player should b in selectors panel...

  • on April 22, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    In no way Akram Khan should be retained in the selection panel, He never goes to the field, how can he select the players??

  • AbinNewYork on April 21, 2011, 12:56 GMT

    Please no subcontinental coaches for Bangladesh.That will be a great recipe for destroying Bangladesh cricket.No country in this subcontinent wants Bangladesh to do good.We need a coach from Australia or South Africa.Raquibul is still one of the better batsmen in Bangladesh with proper technique like Mushfiq.These are solid batsmen they just need some time to grow up and needs the public to get off their butt.Bangladesh never had any experienced players to begin with so we had no option but to start fresh with a young set of players.Please do not ask to bring back players like Habibul Bashar, Khaled Masud who had no basic cricketing skills.

  • Agni2 on April 20, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    The problem is with the players not the selectors!!!

  • Biggus on April 20, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    @praxis-Yes, it's a big job mate, and it's going to cost a lot of money to put the BD first class competition on a solid footing, but if BD wants to be able to produce test class players on a consistent basis there is no real alternative. The quicks don't have to be express but must be accurate and be capable of swinging and/or seaming the ball. I thought they were the weakest link in the recent series and they were easy pickings for the OZ bats. You can't bowl short and wide at 120kmh. Building a strong cricket tradition and a reserve of accumulated wisdom takes at least a couple of cricketing generations, say 20 years, and that's if you approach it properly, all very hard for fans who want to see results NOW. You've got a huge population base, you guys love the game and the raw talent is there, they're just not receiving a good cricketing education, and it's too late once they come into the squad. It's time for BD to bite the bullet and make some hard choices for the future. Cheers!

  • Praxis on April 20, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    @Biggus, I agree to almost everything you've said. The truth is the 1st class cricket structure needs a lot of changes here but unfortunately we don't see any signs of that happening. Also after 10 years the national team's full of young players, where's the experience? The biggest concern is the quick bowlers, the low & slow pitches in BD may not help us to see it clearly but in matches abroad we need good ones. 3 left arm spinner probably won't do much good.

  • on April 20, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    An "IPL" style tournament promoted by "BCB" and backed by Bangladesh government would be a wonderful thing for both Bangladeshi cricket lover and the Sub-Continent. I say that Bangali myself knowingly India is like our older sister they are bigger and financially more powerful than us but Bangalis have enormous spirit and willingness to do this. We have proved it by showing the best "World Cup Cricket 2011" opening ceremony ever by ICC, in this tournament poor Bengali's spent 325 Cror or nearly $50 million US doller. So, why not a shorter version of "Premier Cricket in Land of Royal Bengal" and Guest player from all around the world including from associates.

  • Biggus on April 20, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    A difficult job! Balancing sensible selection strategies against the often quixotic passions of the Bangladeshi fan (A:"Were going to win the World Cup". B:"Our players are losers. Drop them all".) would give anyone headaches. I'm a big supporter of the BD effort but the fans have to be patient. The best thing to do is to set up a really good domestic competition, one that will make the step up from first class to international less daunting but you wouldn't see the results of that for 10 years. At least it would see real, consistent improvement, analogous to 'healthy' food versus the 'sugar rush' of dumping players, coach and selectors. The team that recently met AUS impressed me quite a lot, and I'd be hanging on to most of them if it was up to me. Taking 3 similar slow left armers into a game was less impressive, their quicks need to bowl accurately and their batsmen need to change the 'boundary or dot ball' approach. Apart from that I like what I saw.

  • on April 19, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    who ever the selector is the msg should be clear... Roqibul should never ever play for bd.

  • on April 19, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    seriously why naimur rehman of all the people....

  • on April 19, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    some x cricketers who r honest shoul be selected,,,

  • tkaikobad on April 19, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    It would be wise to bring back Faruk Ahmed...They did very good job during their time...

  • on April 19, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    In the selection committee should be like these Akram khan , Habibul Bashar & Naimur Rahman. I think these three are courageous to take right decision.Khaled Masud pilot may be another option A local coach like Khaled Mahmud or Minhajul Abedin should be part of the coach dept. Board should take step to increase more team in First class tournament for play more match in next calendar because now the national team player are not getting chance in this first class match because of less match.

  • on April 19, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    A good decision, but I think Mr. Zahid Razzak masum could have stayed for some more, as he is very new. And at the same time i think keeping Akram Khan as the chief selector will not be wise, as he has already passed around four years.

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  • on April 19, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    A good decision, but I think Mr. Zahid Razzak masum could have stayed for some more, as he is very new. And at the same time i think keeping Akram Khan as the chief selector will not be wise, as he has already passed around four years.

  • on April 19, 2011, 14:42 GMT

    In the selection committee should be like these Akram khan , Habibul Bashar & Naimur Rahman. I think these three are courageous to take right decision.Khaled Masud pilot may be another option A local coach like Khaled Mahmud or Minhajul Abedin should be part of the coach dept. Board should take step to increase more team in First class tournament for play more match in next calendar because now the national team player are not getting chance in this first class match because of less match.

  • tkaikobad on April 19, 2011, 16:55 GMT

    It would be wise to bring back Faruk Ahmed...They did very good job during their time...

  • on April 19, 2011, 20:28 GMT

    some x cricketers who r honest shoul be selected,,,

  • on April 19, 2011, 20:52 GMT

    seriously why naimur rehman of all the people....

  • on April 19, 2011, 22:58 GMT

    who ever the selector is the msg should be clear... Roqibul should never ever play for bd.

  • Biggus on April 20, 2011, 5:10 GMT

    A difficult job! Balancing sensible selection strategies against the often quixotic passions of the Bangladeshi fan (A:"Were going to win the World Cup". B:"Our players are losers. Drop them all".) would give anyone headaches. I'm a big supporter of the BD effort but the fans have to be patient. The best thing to do is to set up a really good domestic competition, one that will make the step up from first class to international less daunting but you wouldn't see the results of that for 10 years. At least it would see real, consistent improvement, analogous to 'healthy' food versus the 'sugar rush' of dumping players, coach and selectors. The team that recently met AUS impressed me quite a lot, and I'd be hanging on to most of them if it was up to me. Taking 3 similar slow left armers into a game was less impressive, their quicks need to bowl accurately and their batsmen need to change the 'boundary or dot ball' approach. Apart from that I like what I saw.

  • on April 20, 2011, 14:15 GMT

    An "IPL" style tournament promoted by "BCB" and backed by Bangladesh government would be a wonderful thing for both Bangladeshi cricket lover and the Sub-Continent. I say that Bangali myself knowingly India is like our older sister they are bigger and financially more powerful than us but Bangalis have enormous spirit and willingness to do this. We have proved it by showing the best "World Cup Cricket 2011" opening ceremony ever by ICC, in this tournament poor Bengali's spent 325 Cror or nearly $50 million US doller. So, why not a shorter version of "Premier Cricket in Land of Royal Bengal" and Guest player from all around the world including from associates.

  • Praxis on April 20, 2011, 19:26 GMT

    @Biggus, I agree to almost everything you've said. The truth is the 1st class cricket structure needs a lot of changes here but unfortunately we don't see any signs of that happening. Also after 10 years the national team's full of young players, where's the experience? The biggest concern is the quick bowlers, the low & slow pitches in BD may not help us to see it clearly but in matches abroad we need good ones. 3 left arm spinner probably won't do much good.

  • Biggus on April 20, 2011, 20:14 GMT

    @praxis-Yes, it's a big job mate, and it's going to cost a lot of money to put the BD first class competition on a solid footing, but if BD wants to be able to produce test class players on a consistent basis there is no real alternative. The quicks don't have to be express but must be accurate and be capable of swinging and/or seaming the ball. I thought they were the weakest link in the recent series and they were easy pickings for the OZ bats. You can't bowl short and wide at 120kmh. Building a strong cricket tradition and a reserve of accumulated wisdom takes at least a couple of cricketing generations, say 20 years, and that's if you approach it properly, all very hard for fans who want to see results NOW. You've got a huge population base, you guys love the game and the raw talent is there, they're just not receiving a good cricketing education, and it's too late once they come into the squad. It's time for BD to bite the bullet and make some hard choices for the future. Cheers!