Bangladesh news May 10, 2012

Richard Pybus to interview for Bangladesh coach


Richard Pybus, the former Pakistan coach, has been shortlisted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) as a candidate to coach the national team and will be interviewed on Friday. The board is also set to interview two other candidates later - Nottinghamshire director of cricket Mick Newell and former New Zealand batsman and coach Mark Greatbatch.

Pybus arrived in Dhaka on Thursday night with the interview expected to take place the following day. Newell's lack of international exposure and Greatbatch's coaching record might work against them. Pybus hasn't coached an international side since 2003 but his early arrival is a sign of the BCB's intentions. ESPNcricinfo understands he has a better chance of getting the job.

The selection process is different this time with the BCB deciding to interview foreign candidates, unlike Dav Whatmore, Jamie Siddons and Stuart Law, who were not interviewed.

"We have made a shortlist of three to four candidates. We will be calling them shortly for interviews and if we like the coach, we will finalise him," BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus told ESPNcricinfo. "We will only decide after speaking to the coaches."

Pybus, who took up coaching in his mid-twenties, was appointed Pakistan coach for their 1999 World Cup campaign while at Border, before returning to the South African provincial side. He coached Pakistan again until the 2003 World Cup and had stints with Titans and Cape Cobras (South Africa), and Middlesex. He was with Cobras until March 2012 and was also linked to the South Africa job last year.

Newell also remained in the picture after emerging as the first candidate last week. It was learned the BCB were still in talks with him.

Greatbatch, a former opening batsman who played 41 Tests for New Zealand, has a mixed record as coach after retiring in 1998. He had stints at home (Central Districts) and with Warwickshire, and was also the New Zealand coach when they were beaten 4-0 by Bangladesh in 2010. John Wright replaced him the same year.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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

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  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @justanotherfan13 , you are 100% right. India did nothing for us. No inspiration for them. They want to dominate us from all slides. They did not send any player in BPL and dont support us improving. So, we have to develop our own. We kicked India two times(2007 World cup, 2012 Asia cup). And we hope, again we can do it. Everybody in Bangladesh is feel sorry for shakib and tamim and dont support them for future IPL instead of county. Play in county. Dont like to get support from Indians.

  • Rizwan on May 11, 2012, 14:57 GMT

    This article is about the new coach for Bangladesh cricket team, how & why Indian cricket & fans got into the comment thread?

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    There were lot of other coaches, i really dont see any point interviewing Pybus!!!

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2012, 12:22 GMT

    Bangladesh needs to improve their domestic league and offer more incentives to individuals to pursue Cricket in the country. Many young people in Bangladesh are bit hesitant to pursue becoming a professional Cricket player due to uncertainties. They grow up in a competitive academic environment, where they are asked to work harder to improve their grades, instead of wasting time trying to become a professional Cricketer. Furthermore, Bangladesh should seek to play many international matches as possible, which will help gain experience to the players and expose them to different playing condition. Lastly, if you love the game of Cricket than national boundaries should not matter and you should not stoop to petty abuse to display your respective countries illusion of superiority.

  • Muatasim on May 11, 2012, 12:05 GMT

    @sachin_champ we didn't say that india is bad in test matches. we were saying about the early days that india used to struggle in test matches when they started in 1932 and finally they had to wait in the year of 1952 to win their first test against england and on the other hand bangladesh made debut in 2000 and had to wait in 2005 to win. i am not comparing india and bangladesh here. what im trying to say is that do u have any idea how long does it take to be a strong team. india has come this far because they have been playing cricket for so long and their cricket is 60-70 years older than bangladesh. so, bangladesh is obviously a kid when you compare with india. today all the strong teams you are seeing like pakistan, sri lanka, australia, south africa west indies etc. none of them became strong overnight. i hope you understand that

  • mayank on May 11, 2012, 12:04 GMT

    @Marshal_of_the_Truth Hey thanks for bringing that up.. Since those teams where Indians played for even defetated Australia and West Indies. SO in effect India defeated all the sides back then in test cricket and Bangladesh is yet to beat even 50% of the test sides.. And in all these years India has won 2 World 50 over WC's and 1 t20 WC and also been test number 1, completing a triplet which is yet to be achieved by any other side. Not even Australia or England have won all three. And regarding white washes then, England and Aussies have also been whitewahsed many times.. In recent memory a 2-0 drubbing by India in tests.

    What has your bangladesh done? being beaten by a non test playing nation like Zimbabwe?

  • Mohsin on May 11, 2012, 11:57 GMT

    A big LOL! What's indian fans doing here? I know indian fans are jealous because Bangladesh is going to get a top notch coach this time!!! And what India got? Fletcher? LMAO ver poor indeed. Please India support your younger brother Bd and no jealousy Lord_Dravid.

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2012, 10:19 GMT

    @maddy20 Since when did Dale steyn become Indian?? LOLZZ 0.0 :P

  • pratik on May 11, 2012, 9:41 GMT

    @All BD guys : who believes India is bad in test matches then want to share some states : India played total 455 test matches and lost 140 / won 120 / draw 225 . So what is the losing percentage 30.8 % . , winning percentage is 26.7 % , and draw 43% . So I don't think a team who lost only 30 % of their matches are bad . And guys who are comparing India with BD ... they are just wasting their time . IF some is saying over India on their first match after 20 years ,then you guys must know about the fact , from 1930-1949( 20 years ) India played 19 test matches and lost 12 and dawn 7 test matches . Now BD team has played 75 Test matches ( 2000-2012) and drawn only 6 matches out of 75 ...ha ha ha ... n in this modern era with all the facilities and coaching stuff , gym , software and bla bla . You guys have only a big mouth and nothing else . A team who won 3 matches and draw 6 out of 75 , don't deserve to play Test matches .

  • Dummy4 on May 11, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    ATIMAYANK you need history lesson mate. Bangladesh was never "India"

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