Bangladesh news April 16, 2012

'Near enough not good enough' - Law


Stuart Law, who stepped down as Bangladesh coach, has said merely challenging the top teams in international cricket is "not good enough" for Bangladesh and that working hard was the only way to go to win more games. Law resigned for personal reasons after nine months with Bangladesh, the highlight of his tenure being their impressive show in the Asia Cup this year, when they beat India and Sri Lanka and went down by just two runs in the final against Pakistan.

"Near enough is not good enough," Law told ESPNcricinfo. "You're never good enough, you always try to be the best you possibly can. I will miss them a hell of a lot and I wish them all the best but there's no substitute for hard work."

Law started as coach on the tour of Zimbabwe in August 2011, when Bangladesh were beaten in the only Test that marked the hosts' return to the longest format after a period of self-imposed isolation. "As a coach you're not going to walk in and have success immediately," Law said. "You have to work out how the players respond in certain pressure situations. You have to work out how to treat them, you can't treat everybody the same. It is totally different to how you treat people in other parts of the world.

"I think to get trust between me and the players; there were a lot of things, not just one or two."

There was some disappointment, Law said, in him leaving at a time when "we started to see the plans come into fruition, what we talk about being acted out in the field. The boys are listening and responding and respecting the way we are talking about our cricket."

His focus, while with Bangladesh, was to create a strong collective unit, Law said, speaking from his experience in Queensland. "The culture we created in Queensland had everyone on equal terms. It was more of a family and that's what I wanted to create here.

"The way that superstars are treated in this part of the world, I've never seen it before outside this part of the world. To their credit, Shakib [Al Hasan] and Tamim [Iqbal] have gone out of their zone to be part of the team. We saw the rewards of that in the Asia Cup."

Law said he would continue his association with cricket. "It's not a done deal for me by any stretch of the imagination. I get a buzz out of watching players replicate what we've been talking about. I'm moving back to Brisbane, my hometown. I have applied for a position there so I am just waiting to hear on the outcome of that."

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2012, 16:35 GMT

    just won 2 matches and their pride as high as skyscrapers ,,

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2012, 12:44 GMT

    @ MaruthuDelft :: Lolzz man :D btw, do u really believe what u'v told ??

  • Merv on April 17, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    Law is a terrific man and gives his all. He clearly respected and liked the players in Bangladesh. Unlike many other former coaches on the sub-citinent, he will be welcome back.

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2012, 9:44 GMT

    just won 2 matches and their pride as high as skyscrapers ,,

  • Wicky on April 17, 2012, 9:24 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft,vry wel said,totaly agreed@sachin_vvsfan,how many times ur team hav won outside?

  • Andy on April 17, 2012, 8:36 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft-Spot on, Well said mate!

  • sri on April 17, 2012, 6:32 GMT

    @MaruthuDelft Bangladesh have definitely improved. You forgot what happened in Asia cup. what do you have to say about your own SL team who lost all the matches in asia cup (or for that matter all series out side subcontinent?. i dont remember them winning any series at home after WC).

  • Mr akash on April 17, 2012, 6:28 GMT

    All the best for law… Bangladesh team made tremendous progress on his term ,but it is unfortunate he is leaving at the time Bangladesh doing really well ,it is really unfortunate for Bangladesh player and Bangladesh cricket

  • aalyaan on April 17, 2012, 6:25 GMT

    OZI,s are very positive mind people.he is not leaving because of pakistan tour.not at all...its only bkz his family matters,,coz look at dave watmore,another australian,if it was such security matter than y wold dave watmore join pakistan cricket and look at dean jones who tried his very best to coach pakistan cricket team,,,so it is a useless statment that he is leaving bkz of pakistan tour,,let me tell u that australian cricket board and their players has a v good link and thoughts about pakistan cricket and they helped pcb when ever pcb needed them,,and let me tell u this that there is also a posibblty that australia think to send its cricket team to make alive the pakistan cricket grounds and fans,,,this is called positive minds....thanx

  • Mariam on April 17, 2012, 5:39 GMT

    Champion bloke and player, he will be missed and I wish his family all the best during this tough time.

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