Bangladesh news April 21, 2012

Bangladesh pleased with coach hunt


Bangladesh's hunt for a head coach may prove easier this time, with one candidate throwing his hat in the ring and another acknowledging he was considering an offer. This, even before the board has formally advertised the vacancy left by Stuart Law - a sea change from the past, and credited to Bangladesh's recent successes on the field and off it.

Days after Dean Jones, the former Australia batsman tweeted that he'd been contacted by the board and was considering the offer, Dermot Reeve, the former England allrounder, said he was keen to succeed Law when he steps down at the end of June. It is also understood that some of Law's current colleagues on the coaching staff are interested in replacing him.

Reeve, 49, has coached Somerset and Central Districts in New Zealand and has also been bowling coach of the New Zealand Twenty20 side and of Pune Warriors in the IPL. He is currently working as a television commentator and says there hasn't been an offer laid on the table.

"Yes, I would be very interested in the job," Reeve told ESPNcricinfo, "but there have been no offers or formal talks or anything like that. Coaching Bangladesh would be a wonderful opportunity. I honestly believe they will win world cups one day and there is no reason it shouldn't start with the World T20 in Sri Lanka in September.

"There is a huge amount of talent within the Bangladesh set-up. Shakib Al Hasan is ranked the No. 1 allrounder in the world in Tests and ODIs; others can do that if they follow his commitment and acquire his mental toughness. They just need absolute, total belief and some fine tuning to turn them into one of the world's leading sides."

According to the BCB, the candidates will be asked to send in their applications with a forwarding letter to the acting CEO, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, by May 15.

The board's cricket operations committee chairman Enayet Hossain Siraj said that they have only just begun the process so there's no question of a favourite, but he was happy to learn that coaches are interested in the job.

"This is a positive [development] and think it has come about, firstly, through the BPL, where the foreign coaches understood that the working environment in Bangladesh is favourable," Siraj said. "Second, of course, is the Asia Cup performance of the team where the world has learned that success is possible for Bangladesh.

"We have only just started to look for a coach so by the deadline we have provided, we will draw up a shortlist and then process our requirements."

It's a far cry from the BCB's past struggles to find a coach. After Dav Whatmore left the job in 2007, the BCB made Shaun Williams the interim coach and only after Gazi Ashraf Hossain, the former national captain, intervened and traced Jamie Siddons did he take the job. The appointment of Law, too, had its problems as he was keen on having roles in the Twenty20 tournaments apart from holding the Bangladesh job. Other candidates sounded out at the time wanted the option of being able to have a freelance role during the off season.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka and George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Zahid on April 24, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    I think it is time we go for a Bangladeshi coach. The first option that comes in my mind is Aminul Islam Bulbul.

  • Zahirul on April 24, 2012, 4:53 GMT

    I would vote for Steve Waugh or Sourov Ganguly, apart from the cricketing knowledge they are both great motivator which is badly needed for BD cricketers at the moment. It's not like the next few years will be flooded with successes as in Asia Cup, so someone need to hold the team firmly and make the players believe they can win, both of them can do this, especially Ganguly who personally been these stages a lot. Also, I will appeal to get a specialized spin coach, seriously this is the only strength of BD team and it requires proper nurture, Rafique can be a good choice for similarities but I would reckon for Shane Warne to get the variations as well as to develop new techniques. Consider this!

  • manish on April 23, 2012, 13:18 GMT

    see bl is a developing team they have got a little talent agreed but listen u can't compare that with srilanka or india ,pak becoz they just came to one finals that too in their home ground where pitch specialy made of their type lets c in srilankan pitches what they are doing in this world t20 that is also sub-continent pitch first they have to get quality players who can consistently perform all around the world then they can think of world cupsss......

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2012, 12:47 GMT

    hopefully bangladesh cricket board will choose right coach for the team.

  • Issac on April 23, 2012, 11:27 GMT

    @Mohammad Aslam Mirza: Pakistan's new coach, in his debut won pakistan the asia cup for the first time after 12 years. What more can you ask for ?

    And as for BD coach, obviously high profile coaches like Wasim Akram or Saurav Ganguly would not want to pull their hair trying to groom a team with little talent which they cover up with an insanely big mouth. They should go for someone who fits the following three criterion:

    a) he is willing, b) he is willing and c) he is willing.

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    @Fast_Track_Bully .. don't forget this just 2 wins made us finalist and those 2 teams gone outta tournament.

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2012, 10:59 GMT

    we need australian specials on dis regard indian or pakistani ohh no nt needed

  • Jawwad on April 23, 2012, 10:48 GMT

    I hope dean Jones doesn't get the job coz he has some previous scores to settle with Tamim Iqbal during his Chittagong Kings stint in the BPL!!!

  • Manesh on April 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    lol@ M_Rakibul_Islam. Awesome performance! just 2 wins! may be in BD standards! lol

  • Dummy4 on April 23, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Anybody can be appointed as a coach for Bangladesh, but i don't expect an Indian or Pakistani as our coach. @here2rock, don't try to make laugh enough please, just see the next 2 WC, then you can realize what we are. I think you are from India, can you remember how we have slapped your team in ASIA CUP? So, please keep feet in earth.

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