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'Near enough not good enough' - Law

Mohammad Isam

April 16, 2012

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Stuart Law, Bangladesh's new coach, speaks to reporters, Mirpur, July 18, 2011
Stuart Law stepped down as Bangladesh coach nine months into his term © AFP
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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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Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 16:35 GMT)

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

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 12:44 GMT)

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

Posted by Mervo 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.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

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

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (April 17, 2012, 9:24 GMT)

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

Posted by rockz.andy on (April 17, 2012, 8:36 GMT)

@MaruthuDelft-Spot on, Well said mate!

Posted by sachin_vvsfan 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).

Posted by ktk2020 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

Posted by alonetiger 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

Posted by Mary_786 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.

Posted by arsalansallu on (April 17, 2012, 5:28 GMT)

All those who think Law is quiting bcoz of Pakistan tour.. note that he will stay as coach till the end of June.. meaning he "WILL" tour Pakistan!

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 5:26 GMT)

Law is doing a good job..........he is going to spend time for his family........it is a wise decision for his age...............best of luck

Posted by Dashgar on (April 17, 2012, 5:07 GMT)

This philosophy could be used to describe every team in the world as "Not good enough". He's basically saying that you should never stop trying to improve. If you can be number 8 in the world, why not number 7. If you're number 1 in tests why not number 1 in ODIs as well. If you rest on your laurals and say, "yes we're good enough now" then you'll only end up going backwards as other teams around you improve.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 4:07 GMT)

think he is leaving because of pakistan tour of BD....he is leaving taking the BD team from where they may fall down or may shine up...:(...this kind of situation is really difficult to accept..

Posted by woodhaven on (April 17, 2012, 3:39 GMT)

@maruthudelft---- i guess u are in hybernation or didnt follow cricket for last 5 years. Bangladesh was almost champion in asia cup, they beat champion and runnerup in world cup and pakistan luckily won the match. so check some cric info scores, before u make ur comment.

Posted by maddy20 on (April 17, 2012, 2:58 GMT)

@MaruthuDelft That was very rude Maruthu. Give the credit where its due. Bangladesh have improved a klot. THey have some really good players in their side now. Tamim, Shakib, Mortaza, Rahim all of them potential match winners on their day. Its all in the head now. THey should hold their nerve in pressure situations and tilt close games in the their favor. I know you are an ardent supporter of Sri Lanka but why mock Bangladesh?

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 2:14 GMT)

In comes the Pakistan Tour... Out goes Stuart Law.....

Posted by SpadeaSpade on (April 17, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

Just Because Stuey Law has moved on it in no way diminishes the progress Bangladeshie cricket is making. During this learning curve having different coaches will only teach them other ways and stretegies. Eventually Bangladesh will be able to formulate the best way forward for themselves and their countrymen.

His final words are superb really never think that your to good for your team mates and never think that as a player and team you cannot improve.

Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (April 17, 2012, 0:41 GMT)

10dulkar can learn a lesson from him - Quit while the going is still good!

Posted by onlyIndiathebest on (April 16, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

Bangladesh still have to learn a lot from proper cricket teams and th way they manage the coaches.

Posted by MaruthuDelft on (April 16, 2012, 20:24 GMT)

He is leaving because Bangladesh has not really improved and don't seem to be doing so in the near future. Zim would beat Bangladesh any day away from Bangladesh. That means Bangladesh is the worst in 10. With such track record the players and fans trumpet on their improvement; that has actually scared Stuart Law; he is an honest Australian; he can't deal with foolish expectations.

Posted by   on (April 16, 2012, 20:11 GMT)

In comes the Pakistan Tour... Out goes Stuart Law.....

Posted by   on (April 16, 2012, 19:54 GMT)

@Zia Rehman, he said that merely challenging a team is not good enough, i.e., the team has to win than looking for some consolation in playing competitive cricket, then losing. For example, in the Asia Cup Bangladesh got into good positions in both matches against Pakistan; but then lost from there, undoing all the hard work. Law wants wins in such situations. He never said he does not want to coach Bangladesh because Bangladesh is not good enough. Read the complete article, not only the title.

Posted by Fogu on (April 16, 2012, 19:43 GMT)

@ Zia - Obviously you do not understand what he said. He did an excellent job and hopefully we can continue that progress. He is trying to instill hunger in the young team that will drive them to not settle with occasional victories and push for victories. Good luck to Mr. Law and hopefully we get a suitable replacement.

Posted by   on (April 16, 2012, 19:20 GMT)

I think there are lots of reason behind his step down, btw I wish his enjoyable futur. @ Mr.Law

Posted by   on (April 16, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

I think there are a lot more reason behind it, however no doubt that BD cricket will March On. Best Wisher to Mr.Law for his future days with cricket & family as well.

Posted by   on (April 16, 2012, 18:46 GMT)

maybe he thought that beating india and srilanka in consecutive games was as good as it was gonna get and thus decided to quit while he was ahead !

Posted by   on (April 16, 2012, 18:42 GMT)

well apparently he doesnt want to coach a team that's "not good enough". his words not mine :)

Posted by Baundele on (April 16, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

I very much like his philosophy of hunger for the win as a 'team', as a collective unit. Now when Bangladesh cricket has started to show the effects on the field, he has to leave. :(

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