Bangladesh news May 4, 2012

Newell in running for Bangladesh job

George Dobell and Mohammad Isam

Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire director of cricket, has emerged as a contender to be Bangladesh's next coach.

ESPNcricinfo understands that 47-year-old Newell, who has twice led Nottinghamshire to the County Championship title, is a frontrunner for the role alongside former Warwickshire captain Dermot Reeve, while there is also interest from Bangladesh in talking to Allan Donald, currently the South Africa bowling coach.

While Newell insisted there had been no contact with officials from the Bangladesh cricket board, he did admit that he would be interested should such an opportunity arise.

"I have had no contact from Bangladesh, not even via my agent, and I didn't apply for the job, so I have no idea where the story has come from," Newell said.

"But I want to be an international coach. I haven't even thought about how that might work, domestically, if you like, but I do want to coach at the highest level, so if the opportunities are out there I would be interested.

"I don't intend to put a CV together and apply for jobs but if somebody does contact me I will just have to see what happens. I do want to coach at that level, so I will see what comes about."

Newell enjoyed a long career as a batsman with Nottinghamshire, helping the club win the County Championship in 1987. He then moved into coaching at Trent Bridge - first as Clive Rice's assistant - and oversaw the side's County Championship success in 2005 - the county's first championship title since 1987 - and again in 2010. He has won praise from former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming, among others, for his fine man management and his ability to coax the best out of his players.

Stuart Law steps down as Bangladesh coach at the end of June to take up a role at Australia's Centre of Excellence. Dean Jones, who suggested he was considering an offer from the Bangladesh cricket board, is thought to be unlikely to be offered the position.

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