Bangladesh news July 10, 2011

Jason Swift appointed Bangladesh fielding coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

Bangladesh have named Jason Swift, the Australian who has worked with Lancashire for the past six years, as their fielding coach. Swift, 40, has signed a two-year contract and is expected to join the Bangladesh team ahead of their tour of Zimbabwe later this month.

Swift is a Level 4 qualified coach, the highest under the ECB programme, and is assistant coach of the Lancashire Academy besides being in charge of the county's Colts team. He played nine domestic one-day matches for the Australian Capital Territory in the late '90s, and was also a dependable middle-order batsman in league cricket in Canberra.

Bangladesh's newly appointed coach, Stuart Law, had a lengthy stint as a player at Lancashire, towards the end of which he worked with Swift.

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  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2011, 21:13 GMT

    @third-gear: you don't know much about cricket then do you. Julien is the world's best fielding coach. This is what BD needs. Also Julien was Head Coach and chosen to take the team over when Jamie had to fly home suddenly.

    For what it's worth, it seems that there is MASSIVE support for Julien here and also on the Bangla Cricket web site. It is odd (to say the least) he hasn't been retained. He could easily have been presented to the new coach as the fielding coach already in place, just as with Grant the conditioning coach.

    I do really feel that this is BD Cricket's loss. Irrespective of the negotiations or not, Julien is in a league of his own as a fielding coach and pushing innovative ideas. The likes of Jonty Rhodes and Trevor Penny, who were great fielders now turned coach, cannot compete with Julien's stuff.

    Such a waste of an opportunity...

  • Muhammad Rakibul on July 11, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    Only time will say whether it's a good move or not! He only played 9 List A match. So he hasn't a good career in domestic. Only BCB knows why they've chosen him!!!! May be his County coaching experience, Level 4 coaches training or his working experience with Law prompted them to appoint him. Let's see what will happen in future.

  • Enamul on July 11, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    I agree that Fountain was doing well still the difference is that this new guy is has a genuine cricketing track which julian was lacking. Sound knowledge of cricket,experience and cricketing attitude also necessary to bring performance on top. So lets welcome this gentleman with warm regard.

  • Tanveer on July 11, 2011, 6:29 GMT

    I am sure Jason would do an excellent job... But what was wrong with Julian, he had a lot of success stories with the BD team. Utterly strange unless BCB had some valid concerns.

  • Syed on July 11, 2011, 6:26 GMT

    Even tough an Englishman, Julian Fountain was Bangladeshi by heart. They way he and Ian Pont formed a team and inspired our cricketers was just amazing. Shame on BCB for not allowing the great mentor to Train and Inspire our team.

  • Dummy4 on July 11, 2011, 5:54 GMT

    julien was doing a great job

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2011, 21:33 GMT


    every1 goes n comes??? any use of dis..

    once again da same dialogue from us " best wishes " :P

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2011, 21:23 GMT

    Apparently continuity of the program counts for nothing at BCB. Unless Law explicitly expressed a desire NOT to work with Julien, I don't understand why Fountain shouldn't have been given the opportunity to continue the upwards trend begun during the WC.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    Julian Fountain was doing well. There is no way 2 prefer Mr Swift instead of Julian Fountain. I dont know what the hell BCB doing ? I think they cant see our cricket closely which is a ultimate shame for them coz fielding is an only eye catching improvement for BD. Or they have an aim 2 misuse public money. I think the whole board should be changed coz they are hurting BD cricket a lot. I dont know why they are becoming so much admired of Ozs. It is simply rubbish.

  • Dummy4 on July 10, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    I agree with masking tape. Fontain did a fabulous job during the WC. There were almost no catch drops, few fielding errors and also some run outs. BCB should have tried everything to retain him back. Anyways i hope Swift will be good enough. Mushfique needs to improve with the gloves. Get a good wicketkeeping coach now.

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