Bangladesh news May 11, 2012

Pybus to confirm Bangladesh coaching role

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The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is all set to appoint Richard Pybus as the national head coach after a day of meetings and "fact-finding". None of the other candidates who were shortlisted - Mick Newell and Mark Greatbatch - are due to be interviewed, and Pybus' appointment is likely to be confirmed within a week.

"There won't be any more interviews, nobody else is coming. We want one person and I'm sure we will succeed," BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal said. "We have spoken to him [Pybus] and we are quite interested to get him. We can get a concrete decision from him in six to seven days."

After arriving late on Thursday night, Pybus spent time with Kamal at his residence. On Friday, he visited the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur to check out the facilities and meet some of the directors. In the evening, he met with some of the senior Bangladesh players in Dhaka. He is due to head back to Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.

"This is nothing official nor is it an interview," Pybus told reporters. "This is a fact-finding mission on my behalf and I am here to meet the president and the support staff. I want to make an informed decision and find out whether I can make a valid contribution.

"It is about meeting people and finding a common ground. I have a family back in South Africa and I will go back and tell them whether it is feasible."

The living situation is the only hitch in an otherwise done deal as the BCB chief confirmed that there won't be any more interviews or meetings with the other candidates.

Pybus has seen Bangladesh up close a few times as Pakistan's coach, most famously when Bangladesh upset Pakistan in the 1999 World Cup in a group game in Northampton. Before heading to Bangladesh, he spoke the wife of the late South Africa allrounder Eddie Barlow, who was Bangladesh's coach after that World Cup.

"Eddie Barlow was a friend of mine in South Africa and before he passed away, he spoke very highly about Bangladesh cricket," Pybus said. "I spoke to his wife Cally last week and she only had good things to say about the people in Bangladesh."

Pybus will be coaching an international side for the first time since 2003. He was impressed with Bangladesh's performance of late and said that he has a passion for the top job.

"There is a lot of raw talent, and they have started to play some good cricket, build on the work done by Stuart [Law] and the support staff on the progress of the boys. It (Shere Bangla Stadium) is a wonderful, world-class stadium. It is nice to be here and nice to be in a country where the passion is incredible.

"There's never a shortage of hunger there. There's always a challenge but it is about making a valid contribution. Those are the important things," he said.

Edited by Kanishkaa Balachandran

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

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  • on May 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @legaleagle....Well the good thing is that your wishes don't and will not come true and secondly times have changed as the other major teams have no choice but to field their inexperienced youngsters and the experienced Bangladeshi youngsters and will most likely win against them and the recent Asia Cup proved it. Secondly, people like you make Cricket boring by suggesting the weaker teams like Bangladesh should remove their status from International Cricket and just in case you have forgot, there are barely enough International teams that play Cricket at the highest level which is why Cricket has fallen behind the other sports such as Football and Rugby because they're not enough teams and most of the world don't even like or play Cricket haha...at least the Bangladesh players are better than you which is why you don't even play for the national team shame haha...you say Bangladesh don't have any good players - hahaha...just to remind you Shakib is the best all rounder in the world :)

  • on May 13, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    @legaleagle....Well the good thing is that your wishes don't and will not come true and secondly times have changed as the other major teams have no choice but to field their inexperienced youngsters and the experienced Bangladeshi youngsters and will most likely win against them and the recent Asia Cup proved it. Secondly, people like you make Cricket boring by suggesting the weaker teams like Bangladesh should remove their status from International Cricket and just in case you have forgot, there are barely enough International teams that play Cricket at the highest level which is why Cricket has fallen behind the other sports such as Football and Rugby because they're not enough teams and most of the world don't even like or play Cricket haha...lastly at least the Bangladesh players are better than you which is why you don't even play for your national team shame hahaha.... :))))

  • Legaleagle on May 13, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Bangladesh should be stripped of their ODI and Test cricket status. Forget about getting a coach. They should be playing local teams of Australia, England, South Africa and India.

    They do not have quality players. Bangladesh should seriously think about taking a break from cricket. They should revamp their domestic system and then relaunch their team again.

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    An ordinary coach, with a mediocre record with Pakistan...... What can he possible do for Bangladesh.

  • on May 12, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    @serious-am-i, you shouldn't feel too proud being World Cup winner. You won that cup and after that you started loosing almost every match in Away so what about this??? You shouldn't consider only Asia cup, isn't BD had never done well in Past!!!

  • Tawhid_002 on May 12, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    @Marshal_of_the_Truth: Well said but its truth. Even Dada become a coach of BD, team BD may loss their ODI Status any time. Its better for him to play Danguly in other place!

  • serious-am-i on May 12, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    @BD fans: Don't you consider your performance in Asia Cup too high. Let us get down to reality check/stats of Asia cup 2012, the matches won by the teams chasing are much higher because the ball was skidding off the surface rather than stopping and coming like the team which played under sun because of the dew factor. If you watch closely in all the matches the toss was considered crucial factor. Bd won all the tosses, so you guys weren't really tested while playing first. I am not saying chasing is easy but its considerably easy compared to the conditions and yes BD has improved in batting but its too early to come to an conclusion. @sabbor: Sandeep Patil coached Kenya in 2003 World Cup and they reached "Semi-Finals", the last 4, so come to reality with your statements. @indian_fight: Ganguly would like to make more money playing IPL rather than coaching.

  • r0ketman on May 12, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    @ Lord_Dravid: "soo much funding, good facilities and huge cricket following population" - are you sure you are not talking about India here? What had India done with all the money in the world, good facilities and 1 + billion fans? "hoping to play major test teams and getting hammerd and shamelessly losing everytime" - again are you sure you are not talking about India? What happened in England last summer? Or in Australia? Ireland has poor overall record against BD, even though a lot of their players play in England. BD doesn't yet have a decent domestic system. All the money in the world has not bought India a fast bowler yet, ZK is not a fast bowler. After playing international cricket for over 150 years, India is still a hugely unbalanced team. They found some success in the past 10 to 15 years due to SRT, Dravid and Ganguly. before 1990s, India was the joke of cricket world, their win in 1983 was a fluke, as they failed to repeat it till they played on their home turf.

  • on May 12, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Listen this for all Indian friends, we Bangladeshi always wanted peace with your country and team. There r many fan of India in our country but the way u behave or treats us makes us go against you. Look over lord Dravid who always comments against bd cricket and for this we also comments against your cricket. So i think it is better to stop this mental war

  • on May 12, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Listen this for all Indian friends, we Bangladeshi always wanted peace with your country and team. There r many fan of India in our country but the way u behave or treats us makes us go against you. Look over lord Dravid who always comments against bd cricket and for this we also comments against your cricket. So i think it is better to stop this mental war

  • on May 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    @legaleagle....Well the good thing is that your wishes don't and will not come true and secondly times have changed as the other major teams have no choice but to field their inexperienced youngsters and the experienced Bangladeshi youngsters and will most likely win against them and the recent Asia Cup proved it. Secondly, people like you make Cricket boring by suggesting the weaker teams like Bangladesh should remove their status from International Cricket and just in case you have forgot, there are barely enough International teams that play Cricket at the highest level which is why Cricket has fallen behind the other sports such as Football and Rugby because they're not enough teams and most of the world don't even like or play Cricket haha...at least the Bangladesh players are better than you which is why you don't even play for the national team shame haha...you say Bangladesh don't have any good players - hahaha...just to remind you Shakib is the best all rounder in the world :)

  • on May 13, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    @legaleagle....Well the good thing is that your wishes don't and will not come true and secondly times have changed as the other major teams have no choice but to field their inexperienced youngsters and the experienced Bangladeshi youngsters and will most likely win against them and the recent Asia Cup proved it. Secondly, people like you make Cricket boring by suggesting the weaker teams like Bangladesh should remove their status from International Cricket and just in case you have forgot, there are barely enough International teams that play Cricket at the highest level which is why Cricket has fallen behind the other sports such as Football and Rugby because they're not enough teams and most of the world don't even like or play Cricket haha...lastly at least the Bangladesh players are better than you which is why you don't even play for your national team shame hahaha.... :))))

  • Legaleagle on May 13, 2012, 1:42 GMT

    Bangladesh should be stripped of their ODI and Test cricket status. Forget about getting a coach. They should be playing local teams of Australia, England, South Africa and India.

    They do not have quality players. Bangladesh should seriously think about taking a break from cricket. They should revamp their domestic system and then relaunch their team again.

  • on May 12, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    An ordinary coach, with a mediocre record with Pakistan...... What can he possible do for Bangladesh.

  • on May 12, 2012, 16:32 GMT

    @serious-am-i, you shouldn't feel too proud being World Cup winner. You won that cup and after that you started loosing almost every match in Away so what about this??? You shouldn't consider only Asia cup, isn't BD had never done well in Past!!!

  • Tawhid_002 on May 12, 2012, 14:04 GMT

    @Marshal_of_the_Truth: Well said but its truth. Even Dada become a coach of BD, team BD may loss their ODI Status any time. Its better for him to play Danguly in other place!

  • serious-am-i on May 12, 2012, 13:39 GMT

    @BD fans: Don't you consider your performance in Asia Cup too high. Let us get down to reality check/stats of Asia cup 2012, the matches won by the teams chasing are much higher because the ball was skidding off the surface rather than stopping and coming like the team which played under sun because of the dew factor. If you watch closely in all the matches the toss was considered crucial factor. Bd won all the tosses, so you guys weren't really tested while playing first. I am not saying chasing is easy but its considerably easy compared to the conditions and yes BD has improved in batting but its too early to come to an conclusion. @sabbor: Sandeep Patil coached Kenya in 2003 World Cup and they reached "Semi-Finals", the last 4, so come to reality with your statements. @indian_fight: Ganguly would like to make more money playing IPL rather than coaching.

  • r0ketman on May 12, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    @ Lord_Dravid: "soo much funding, good facilities and huge cricket following population" - are you sure you are not talking about India here? What had India done with all the money in the world, good facilities and 1 + billion fans? "hoping to play major test teams and getting hammerd and shamelessly losing everytime" - again are you sure you are not talking about India? What happened in England last summer? Or in Australia? Ireland has poor overall record against BD, even though a lot of their players play in England. BD doesn't yet have a decent domestic system. All the money in the world has not bought India a fast bowler yet, ZK is not a fast bowler. After playing international cricket for over 150 years, India is still a hugely unbalanced team. They found some success in the past 10 to 15 years due to SRT, Dravid and Ganguly. before 1990s, India was the joke of cricket world, their win in 1983 was a fluke, as they failed to repeat it till they played on their home turf.

  • on May 12, 2012, 11:15 GMT

    Listen this for all Indian friends, we Bangladeshi always wanted peace with your country and team. There r many fan of India in our country but the way u behave or treats us makes us go against you. Look over lord Dravid who always comments against bd cricket and for this we also comments against your cricket. So i think it is better to stop this mental war

  • on May 12, 2012, 11:14 GMT

    Listen this for all Indian friends, we Bangladeshi always wanted peace with your country and team. There r many fan of India in our country but the way u behave or treats us makes us go against you. Look over lord Dravid who always comments against bd cricket and for this we also comments against your cricket. So i think it is better to stop this mental war

  • Marshal_of_the_Truth on May 12, 2012, 11:13 GMT

    ganguly should rather have been the ideal choice for coach of our local Under-12 football team. So that Dada may brief our young boys his experience about How he got Kicked out from indian national team, KKR, Pune....(List will be increased soon)

  • indian_fight on May 12, 2012, 8:26 GMT

    ganguly would have been ideal choice.good for bangladesh cricket.the job of coaching a national team is really a honarable job.

  • Third_Gear on May 12, 2012, 7:53 GMT

    Very good news indeed. Person like PYBUS choose BD to coach mean it has got a huge potential to dominate the world cricket, under his service I believe Tigers will become one of the top teams home and away NOT like mediocore team INDIA as they remain eve underdog and loosing side at foreign soils AND a team known as HOME alone.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 12, 2012, 7:35 GMT

    Lord_Dravid should definitely coach Indian AWAY team. I'm pretty much sure Ireland will beat India in Ireland conditions and that's the reason Ireland has not been given Test Status yet; A coach like Pybus will always be a dream for india, yes once you did get Gary Kirsten but for few months, now Fletcher? just a big LOL!!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on May 12, 2012, 7:09 GMT

    And some blind BD fans forgot about Sandip Patil who was the coach of Keniyan team which played 2003 Semi and Oman team coach which qualified for ICC Trophy. Do some research and comment.

  • Ruhin12 on May 12, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    ICC shouldn't wasting money over India cz after starting cricket in 1932 still they r whitewashed in foreign country. It will be better to use this money for Pakistan, Bangladesh or Ireland

  • on May 12, 2012, 5:33 GMT

    hey Lord Dravid why you always think abt BD cricket. You should think abt your India n Team those r never performs well in Away. If you are jealous that there is no coach from India in the shortlist then it is your dream. Those English, or Pakistan even Sri Lankan Coach would be better then yours. I am sure if India will play test against Ireland in their condition thn they will definitely loose.

  • sunilreddy on May 12, 2012, 5:13 GMT

    First they need to get rid of Left arm spinners who never spin the ball and get in some fast bowlers who are of decent quality.

  • tauhid_aks on May 12, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    A good international player is not always a good coach. Dave Whatmore was not a very regular player but his contribution as coach is legendary.

  • on May 12, 2012, 3:58 GMT

    @ people who thinks bangladesh shouldnt pay

    really u r bringing test cricket up here? who the hell actually gives a crap about test cricket anymore? i mean seriously, who even has time for test>? its all about odis and t20s....sso shut up and stop saying that bangla shouldnt play test cricket!!!!!!they can play t20s and odis and thats what matters.

  • sabbor on May 12, 2012, 3:48 GMT

    there is a reason why Indian fans always criticizing all the time at BD, is because they don't have a great coach from their own country just some great players:)

  • Dashgar on May 12, 2012, 3:42 GMT

    Why are people bringing up Test status again? They haven't played a test in months, and won't play another for months to come. Are you really worried that Bangladesh are playing too many tests? I think most of the cricket world would argue they play far too few.

  • Zahidsaltin on May 12, 2012, 1:13 GMT

    @Lord-Dravid, Lords normally grow in England and Dravid is something india in known by, whatever, It is a true assessment that if England comes up with a team which only includes english cricketers, Bangladesh will beat them 3-0 in any format of the game. India has just been beaten by this Bangladesh team so nothing to say there. I am a Pakistani and when I saw tears in Bangla players after that loss in the final of Asia Cup, I was sure that the passion will make Bangladesh a cricket force as good as other 3 south asian countries are. It might take some 5 more years but they are destined to be a top team.

  • on May 11, 2012, 23:21 GMT

    who is pybus if he play any international lave cricket???? why Bangladesh cricket Bord not choice any good cricketer??? why the choice all the time who not play much cricket in international lavel.

  • yoongguns on May 11, 2012, 23:10 GMT

    Lord Dravis is right here.....we never or may be not in near future deserve test status..ashamed bangladeshi fan..

  • muatasim_bd on May 11, 2012, 22:37 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid you are saying the same thing again and again that bangladesh is not fit for cricket and icc is wasting their time and money behind them. if you really think it that way then why are you wasting your time and energy behind what is going on in bangladesh cricket. better worry about indian cricket because they have the worst bowling attack in the world except for zaheer khan. even ireland's bowling attack is much better than indian bowling attack. you are saying that ireland will be strong team in 10 years time and you would not say that if ireland had beaten india couple of times just as bangladesh did. you would rather discourage ireland team as you are discouraging bangladesh team

  • on May 11, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    yay....good decision......................................

  • on May 11, 2012, 21:03 GMT

    Whenever there is a news about BD team, some people like Lord Dravid suggests "removal of test status of Bangladesh". If not having test status the key to success, then Canada (the runners up of 1979 ICC WC qualifying) as the champion team. If Bangladesh did not have test status, Shakib (the best all-rounder in the world now) and Tamim could not come to this point. Anyone who even occasionally follow BD cricket knows there has been a lot of improvement from late 90s to now, thanks to playing with major teams. I do not know much about Pybus, but wish him success. I liked both Siddons and Law.

  • on May 11, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    @Lord-dravid: hope you've seen the last asia cup. I am not saying bd have become a great team in one series but they've definitely improved a lot.

  • SamratSunny on May 11, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Very good choice. Welcome Mr. Pybus.

  • yoongguns on May 11, 2012, 19:31 GMT

    Welcome Mr R. Pybus..... please make us proud..we have been trashed for more than 13 years now by other international teams..As a true bangladeshi i welcome you to improve our cricket and make us proud for our team.. I always feel ashamed by calling looser bangladeshi now..our players have always disappointed us for many years by not winning any big tournaments..even Zimbabwe give us a lesson many time..its hard for you but please make our cricket better so at least we start to give fights to many team..from a true ashamed bangladeshi cricket supporter

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 11, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    CricInfo is winning the heart of our millions by providing some great Bd news upfront in headlines. Awesome is Cricinfo unlike PW or rest of India who overlook BD all the time!!! Full support for Cricinfo.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 11, 2012, 19:17 GMT

    Richard is the most high class coach ever for Bangladesh. It's important he's been treated right. Just wait for Indian fans to criticize all over Bd fans because of this.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 11, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Pybus cant help bangladesh improve either..we've all seen it in the last 12 years no improvement despite soo much funding, good facilities and huge cricket following population..hoping to play major test teams and getting hammerd and shamelessly losing everytime isnt going to be the answer on how to improve.. bangladesh needs to give up its 'test' status and focus on playing foreign domestic teams in order to improve..meanwhile ireland needs to be given a chance who look a promising team to be a test side in 10 years.

  • serious-am-i on May 11, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Bangla boys relax. If Pybus can get you on then its good for both of you. But get your expectations to a ground level. You guys are dreaming about winning a world cup when you have failed to perform outside the subcontinent. I hope you do realize you will not be playing at spin friendly sub-continental wickets and you will be playing fast bouncy tracks in Australia. If you think T20 is what you want to win, then best of luck on their day any one can win the match. I have seen Zimbabwe young side beating Australia in T20 WC, so there is nothing more to say. And I want to make one more point, please for god's sake forget about BPL. You will be coming to sense with your reality pretty soon and admit I was right way back. Bang is no where nearly a ready outfit, it still needs bench strength.

  • Shamim_araf on May 11, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    @-Ahmed u r absolutely right,we can win da world cup title.welcome 2 pybus in Bangladesh. & wishing all the best.

  • on May 11, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Welcome Mr. Coach....................

  • on May 11, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Welcome to Bangladesh Richard Alexander Pybus . We are waiting for you :)

  • on May 11, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    I wish Pybus will successfully succeed Mr. Law. Certainly there are lots of talent in our Bangladesh but these raw players should be manufactured into the right way. I think all infrastructure and support are available for Mr. Pybus. Now it is upto him whether he turndown or succeed. Best of luck..........!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 11, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    welcome pybus in our beautiful country Bangladesh. I wish u make a world class team for our country and help to win a world cup.

  • alchemist_sandeep on May 11, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    good choice by bangla they need a experience coach who can guide them in next world cup in aus,nz...

  • Ruhel_Moscow on May 11, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Wellcome Mr R. Pybus)))..................................

  • on May 11, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    In my opinion its a wise decision and I wish Richard Pybus all the best in his new role with the emerging Bangladesh Cricket Team. Its important that the Bangladesh Board does as much to help Bangladesh Cricket and make sure they play as many matches as possible because the FTP is a complete joke and the current scheduling will not help them at all and its important they sort this out because Bangladesh are the team on the rise now since that BPL they had. Its also important that they improve their Domestic Tournaments and get as much young players playing as possible so it will improve their prospects in the future. What's also interesting is that out of the 10 Full Members of the ICC, Bangladesh as a whole have the youngest players plus they are far more experienced compared to the other youngsters of the other International Teams. Bangladesh are heading in the right direction now and the good thing is that the 160 million Bangladeshi's are right behind them to support their Cricket.

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  • on May 11, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    In my opinion its a wise decision and I wish Richard Pybus all the best in his new role with the emerging Bangladesh Cricket Team. Its important that the Bangladesh Board does as much to help Bangladesh Cricket and make sure they play as many matches as possible because the FTP is a complete joke and the current scheduling will not help them at all and its important they sort this out because Bangladesh are the team on the rise now since that BPL they had. Its also important that they improve their Domestic Tournaments and get as much young players playing as possible so it will improve their prospects in the future. What's also interesting is that out of the 10 Full Members of the ICC, Bangladesh as a whole have the youngest players plus they are far more experienced compared to the other youngsters of the other International Teams. Bangladesh are heading in the right direction now and the good thing is that the 160 million Bangladeshi's are right behind them to support their Cricket.

  • Ruhel_Moscow on May 11, 2012, 16:45 GMT

    Wellcome Mr R. Pybus)))..................................

  • alchemist_sandeep on May 11, 2012, 16:51 GMT

    good choice by bangla they need a experience coach who can guide them in next world cup in aus,nz...

  • on May 11, 2012, 16:53 GMT

    welcome pybus in our beautiful country Bangladesh. I wish u make a world class team for our country and help to win a world cup.

  • on May 11, 2012, 17:02 GMT

    I wish Pybus will successfully succeed Mr. Law. Certainly there are lots of talent in our Bangladesh but these raw players should be manufactured into the right way. I think all infrastructure and support are available for Mr. Pybus. Now it is upto him whether he turndown or succeed. Best of luck..........!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on May 11, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Welcome to Bangladesh Richard Alexander Pybus . We are waiting for you :)

  • on May 11, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    Welcome Mr. Coach....................

  • Shamim_araf on May 11, 2012, 17:47 GMT

    @-Ahmed u r absolutely right,we can win da world cup title.welcome 2 pybus in Bangladesh. & wishing all the best.

  • serious-am-i on May 11, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    Bangla boys relax. If Pybus can get you on then its good for both of you. But get your expectations to a ground level. You guys are dreaming about winning a world cup when you have failed to perform outside the subcontinent. I hope you do realize you will not be playing at spin friendly sub-continental wickets and you will be playing fast bouncy tracks in Australia. If you think T20 is what you want to win, then best of luck on their day any one can win the match. I have seen Zimbabwe young side beating Australia in T20 WC, so there is nothing more to say. And I want to make one more point, please for god's sake forget about BPL. You will be coming to sense with your reality pretty soon and admit I was right way back. Bang is no where nearly a ready outfit, it still needs bench strength.

  • Lord_Dravid on May 11, 2012, 18:13 GMT

    Pybus cant help bangladesh improve either..we've all seen it in the last 12 years no improvement despite soo much funding, good facilities and huge cricket following population..hoping to play major test teams and getting hammerd and shamelessly losing everytime isnt going to be the answer on how to improve.. bangladesh needs to give up its 'test' status and focus on playing foreign domestic teams in order to improve..meanwhile ireland needs to be given a chance who look a promising team to be a test side in 10 years.