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Bangladesh held back by indecision - Siddons

Daniel Brettig

April 28, 2011

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Jamie Siddons calls the shots in Bangladesh's team huddle, November 28, 2010
Jamie Siddons: "Everyone tends to know what needs to be done but it doesn't seem to be happening." © Zimbabwe Cricket
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Bangladesh must grow out of a culture of petty politics and indecision if it wishes to truly develop as a cricket nation, the former national coach Jamie Siddons has said.

Siddons' contract was not renewed after the series against Australia that followed the World Cup, where the tournament co-host missed out on a berth in the quarter-finals. He was sad to leave the Dhaka suburbs that had been his home for three years, and admitted his own forceful approach to officialdom had probably played a large role in his exit.

"Everyone tends to know what needs to be done but it doesn't seem to be happening, whether the money's not there or they're just not doing it, I'm not too sure," Siddons told ESPNcricinfo. "I've probably said more than I should and that probably is why my job is gone. But I want them to do well, I want them to improve and I know the reasons why they're not, and I just wish more people would listen to me.

"In Australia if something's wrong we try to fix it and we make it known what we think it is, and that's probably not the way to go so much here, you've got to be more subtle about it and work with the right people."

Bangladesh cricket has tended to run on an overly politicised four-year cycle, with long term planning in short supply. Siddons advocated a closer look at other cricket administrations, and also the development of greater support networks for national coaches, the majority of which still need to be hired from overseas.

"I think they've got to look at other administrations and follow the guidelines, and put people in place that will fill those spots," Siddons said. "Get more coaches from overseas to start with, put the in the main positions, and get our guys to come in underneath that and learn and develop the players. Make sure there's a 15s, 17s, 19s coach, that may be it from overseas, and an academy coach from overseas, a very good coach, and put them in place.

"Look at how other administrations run their cricket, just take some guidelines from it and try to copy, try to follow. See how you go then. You've also got to pay good money to get people to bring their families over here to come and get involved in Bangladesh cricket and enjoy it."

The struggle of Bangladesh cricket to develop at a healthy rate, since a hasty addition to Test ranks in 2000, has been one of the less palatable aspects of world cricket in the 21st century, but Siddons argued that some progress was being made. "I look at statistics, you can't say 'let's go win and make it to the quarter-finals or the semi-finals', I say 'what are we doing? Are we getting better or going backwards?'," he said. "In the World Cup we made 200 four times out of six games, and in the last three World Cups we'd made 200 only three times in all of them.

"The five biggest run-chases in Mirpur were against us in 2010, so that means we've made big scores in 2010 five times, we hadn't had big targets chased against us before because we hadn't set those targets, and that's batting first against the big teams. Those sorts of things don't just happen."

Having returned to Australia, Siddons is now an applicant for several jobs, including first-class posts in New Zealand (Wellington and Otago have vacancies) and also in New South Wales. He will be an interested observer as Australia make conclusions about how the national team has lost stature over the past three years, culminating in the surrender of the Ashes at home and the loss of the World Cup.

"We can't stay a powerhouse forever, it's good to have reviews, it's good to work out what we think is wrong," Siddons said. "I'm sure everyone will have their say and hopefully the right people are going to sort it out and come up with the right answers. It's not always ex-cricketers from 10 years ago who can come up with those answers, so I hope they've got the right people listening, they've got some vision and it all sorts itself out.

"I know Tim Nielsen, it's not his fault the team's going bad, it's what's coming through and what was following the players who were there in the first place."

Daniel Brettig is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by chapathishot on (April 30, 2011, 10:34 GMT)

@Sumon Mahbubur Rahman : No you are wrong according to stats Bangladesh should be champions of WC 2011 .They Conceded the highest score in the tournament and were bowled out for the lowest.LOL

Posted by chapathishot on (April 30, 2011, 10:28 GMT)

@Bang La Happy to see your comment.Not seen any comment after 18th February was really worried about your well being.Happy to find that you are still commenting

Posted by   on (April 30, 2011, 6:23 GMT)

@mrgupta if stats prove everthing then players doesn't need to play on the field. They can calculate some math, stats & decleare the winner! According to this rule winner of the WC'11 is Australlia. And brother what is this article is saying? and what r u talking about?

Posted by tatactg on (April 29, 2011, 22:01 GMT)

@Mr-gupta: what about all those 3 day and 4 day test matches India Played for the first 25 years?

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 17:45 GMT)

I'm a great fan of Jamie Siddons, during his time we improved a lot. However, we are very emotional nation. We love cricket very much. Due to emotion, our cricketer takes huge pressure & can't play their natural game. Moreover, we need to play more & more cricket-- international & domestic. We have to be habituated to play in the fast track. I believe that's the way we can improve our cricket.

Posted by mrgupta on (April 29, 2011, 14:04 GMT)

@Sumon Mahbubur Rahman: Sorry i checked again in Statsguru, in their first 68 test matches India Won 6 and lost 29 (No foreign Coaches, no facilities, no extra money, no incentives). I don't know how you got your stats of 4 Wins. In comparison BD has Won 3 and lost 59 (Foreign Coach, IPL contracts, higher incentives and better facilities).

Posted by mrgupta on (April 29, 2011, 13:45 GMT)

@Bang_La: I hope you know how to use statsguru. Use it to know that after their first 68 test matches India had a Win-Loss ratio 0.21 which is atleast 4 times better than what BD has managed so far (0.05). During its early days in Cricket India was a British colony and was still recovering post independence with huge shortage of funds let alone any foreign coaches or kind of facilities the Bangla Cricketers today Enjoy. So please don't compare the two teams in their earlier days. I am not sure how you believe there is an improvement when Bangladesh has not won a single International match against India, Aus, SA and Pak in last 4 years. They did beat all of these countries earlier though. Statistically there is no improvement because the Win-Loss ratio against top teams has gone way down since World Cup 2007.

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 13:44 GMT)

@ Sumon Mahbubur Rahman :It doesnt matter how many test India won in their first 68 tests but what matters is how many they lost and how they lost even in their first 25 tests They did far far better than the Bangladesh performance till now

Posted by   on (April 29, 2011, 9:17 GMT)

no doubt Jamie was good and about political aspects aren't 100% true as BCB head and some former cricketers told. Jamie good full freedom to cutoff senior players and bonding a fresh XI. Not renewing a contrct always leaves some against as he also need find a new job so this article could help. Its really tiresome reading severe dimentia india people finding bias in every atticle about BD. @rakeshdash dont under estimate a team. one persn Dhal mia cant give u a status if so how t sound if i say ICC head manage WC for india?? & how it feels to u?? @mr.gupta if u think stats prove every thing then checkout what india in their first 68 test's won only 4 ! i'm not comparing just shown what stats says. yeah its true we're strugling and its not T20! test cricket improvement takes time. we even didn't played 20 years!

Posted by D.V.C. on (April 29, 2011, 8:33 GMT)

And yet Bangladesh have just moved ahead of the West Indies in the ODI Rankings.

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Daniel Brettig Assistant editor Daniel Brettig had been a journalist for eight years when he joined ESPNcricinfo, but his fascination with cricket dates back to the early 1990s, when his dad helped him sneak into the family lounge room to watch the end of day-night World Series matches well past bedtime. Unapologetically passionate about indie music and the South Australian Redbacks, Daniel's chief cricketing achievement was to dismiss Wisden Almanack editor Lawrence Booth in the 2010 Ashes press match in Perth - a rare Australian victory that summer.
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