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Bangladesh pleased with coach hunt

Mohammad Isam and George Dobell

April 21, 2012

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Dermot Reeve lifts the County Championship trophy, Warwickshire v Kent, September 16, 1995
Dermot Reeve (right) is "very interested" in coaching Bangladesh © Getty Images
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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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Posted by zahidtaniv 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.

Posted by TheBlackMonk 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!

Posted by money8080 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......

Posted by   on (April 23, 2012, 12:47 GMT)

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

Posted by AlbertEinstein 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.

Posted by   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.

Posted by   on (April 23, 2012, 10:59 GMT)

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

Posted by Jawwad123 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!!!

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (April 23, 2012, 10:16 GMT)

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

Posted by   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.

Posted by Nair_saab on (April 23, 2012, 6:03 GMT)

For those who are 4 Ganguly as BD coach- Agree that he has a good eye to identify special talents and back them to the core, agree that he has got excellent man-management skills (esp with sub_cont players) & agree that he is a Bengali which will be useful....but, he's got a big ego , he is stubborn with his decisions & politically he plays uglier than ugliest of the politicians (will be as strong a CM as 'didi' if given a chance). For a board which already has behind_the_door_Ugly_Politics i don't think Ganguly will be 'the best' choice.Besides "I am a DADA fan too" so please don't get me wrong.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (April 23, 2012, 5:55 GMT)

It's actually BD's awesome per4mance in ASIA Cup that makes Coaches to get the job. I'll prefer Dean Jones or Stephen Fleming over Dermot Revee. No doubt Dermot was a good All-rounder winning WISDEN Cricketer of the year. But BD currently need a Batting Coach as their Head Coach as they've specialized Bowling & Fielding Coaches. Their Batting weakness hurts them most in their Cricket History. So they should pick a Coach who had a great batting career & good track record as a batting coach.

Posted by fr600 on (April 23, 2012, 0:58 GMT)

Anybody but Ganguly... when he still needs to learn, how can he coach? Anyone from Australia would be better than anyone from anywhere else.

Posted by Lord_Dravid on (April 22, 2012, 19:28 GMT)

sourav ganguly as bangladesh coach? no way!! he's ours and india's only!

Posted by here2rock on (April 22, 2012, 17:40 GMT)

It made me laugh when I read that Bankadesh can win the world cup. It is one way of getting the job!

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 17:31 GMT)

Ijaz Ahmed can make a difference

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (April 22, 2012, 16:52 GMT)

@ all bengalis,nobody z goint to do anythng 4 u as long as u R PERSISTNT WITH A TEAM HAVNG ONLY 2 INTRNATNL STANDARD PLAYRS(SHAKIB,tamim) Along with Bunch of 9 club level ordinary playrs ,so at ist look for proper crickt team n then 4 cricket coach

Posted by Zahidsaltin on (April 22, 2012, 14:52 GMT)

I don't think they can but if possible, Wasim Akram could be the best option for them. They needs bowlers which can take 20 wickets and there is no one better than Wasim to coach them. He also has enough knowledge of batting to work on that front too.

Posted by Fareen on (April 22, 2012, 14:49 GMT)

Give the job to Sourav Ganguly....He's excellent in man-management and knows how to take out the best from each and every player...If he agrees, I don't think there's anyone better than him....Otherwise, Michael Bevan can be a good addition to the bangladeshi setup too.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 14:39 GMT)

I completely agree with CricLook except Tim Nielsen who has handy experience in coaching. He is a brilliant aggressive tactician which we need actually and if possible to add Darren Lehman as batting coach will be great.

Posted by AdrianVanDenStael on (April 22, 2012, 14:06 GMT)

Presumably Dermot Reeve's main qualification for the role would be the appropriateness of him doing his Imran Khan impersonation and urging the Bangladesh players to be like 'cornered Tigers' whenever they are in their next struggle to avoid defeat ...

Posted by CricLook on (April 22, 2012, 13:51 GMT)

Tom Moody, Trever Baily, Stephen Fleming or Darren Lehman ....any of them would be a good choice....But no Dean Jones or Tim Nielsen....I would go for English or South African coach rather than anyone from sub continent....In coaching we sub continent people still a long way to go......Whoever comes have to be a good talent manager as well as tactician...Hope for the best ...

Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (April 22, 2012, 13:37 GMT)

No Dean Jones for BD tigers please ---- anybody except him would do the job.

Posted by billbowden311 on (April 22, 2012, 13:28 GMT)

Dude you actually think big guns like wasim akram or stephen fleming will really coach bangladesh?

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 13:04 GMT)

Dermot Reeve? Surely you can do better than that?

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 12:59 GMT)

Shane warne could be the best choice if he agrees to take the role. I also prefer the combination of stephen felmming (head coach) + jason gillespie ( bowling) + Pont (Fielding)

Posted by DecisionPending_BD on (April 22, 2012, 12:07 GMT)

Yap, coach is a fact in Bangladesh team, Big coach is good for tigers but nothing will came out good if the first class game structure aren't good, whoever the coach will be, his job is give them mental support.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 11:26 GMT)

Wasim Akram or Saurav ganguly

Posted by Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on (April 22, 2012, 11:24 GMT)

Reeve is a good choice but no Jones please

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 10:01 GMT)

Ganguly or Warne should b da man.....I firmly blv only these 2 persons can make da difrnce....

Posted by rakibul-narail-bd on (April 22, 2012, 9:19 GMT)

may be this is the time for a bd coach, say for bulbul/ pilot. we can try it at least for the current year.

Posted by anika_payel on (April 22, 2012, 9:11 GMT)


Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 7:57 GMT)

Tim Neilsen or Darren Lehman could be a good choice.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 7:49 GMT)

This is true that after performing both BPL and Asia Cup world inarguably learned to praise Bangladesh.This likely to happen due to entire team combination. But few players name should be mentioned Sakib, Tamim, Musfiq, Nasir and Masrafi. Hopefully they sustain their continuous performance to take the vertex of Bangladesh Cricket. Sudden declaration of resignation of Law made the players a temporal guardian less but it will dispel within a very short time to appoint a new coach very soon. Dean Jones was a famous batsman in Australia but as a man he was controversial in BPL for Chittagong King. Everybody knows his role in BPL. So Dean Jones should be dropped in being considered the head coach of Bangladesh. Ian Pont may be considered as he was the previous coach of Bangladesh. But above all Justin Langer is the best choices of all.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 5:32 GMT)

i believe for Pak or BD, coach should be a person who has got retired from international cricket after 1995. I believe mark Taylor, Steve/Mark Waugh can be the best coach for a team. Coaches/Players retired earlier than 1995 are waste now. Pakistan have hired a coach who delivered his best 16 years ago. What can he do now? Nothing.................

Posted by Haseeb.Ehsan on (April 22, 2012, 5:29 GMT)

Sourav Ganguly will be perfect for Bangladesh,,,Hope BCB will try to get him,,

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 4:54 GMT)

I think dean jones will the perfect choice

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 1:36 GMT)

Ian Pont can be the superior choice. He has great experience with working current BD side. Besides he did a wonderful job with Dhaka Gladiators in BPL by using local talents.

Posted by   on (April 22, 2012, 0:51 GMT)

ian is good choice but reeve also good

Posted by ZsZs on (April 22, 2012, 0:19 GMT)

I also heard in Bangladesh Newspaper that Ganguly was approached by Kamal on his recent trip. I would love to see Dada in Bangladesh helm! Awesome..............

Posted by ZsZs on (April 22, 2012, 0:18 GMT)

Why not Dean Jones?

Posted by   on (April 21, 2012, 23:58 GMT)

Bangladesh need a high profile coach with good leadership quality, good knowledge, cricketing charisma in both domestic and international level. Also has to be a batting specialist... considering all of these my suggestion to BCB to go for the only one in current cricket who can be best suitable for BD team...the new face in coaching role.. JUSTIN LANGER...

Posted by   on (April 21, 2012, 22:11 GMT)

Please, anyone except Dean Jones, Reeves or Pont would be the ideal candidates to lead Bangladesh forward.

Posted by   on (April 21, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

Why not Ian Point? He is a nice person, and he's got everything in his bag: skill, experience & success.

Posted by   on (April 21, 2012, 20:22 GMT)

karan vyas should be the new coach of BD team

Posted by   on (April 21, 2012, 20:07 GMT)

Fell the change in the air 4 BANGLADESH Cricket after BPL.

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