Bangladesh news May 23, 2012

Newell confirms interest in Bangladesh coaching job

George Dobell and Mohammad Isam

Mick Newell, the Nottinghamshire director of cricket, has confirmed that he has held discussions regarding taking up the Bangladesh coaching role. While Richard Pybus remains the first choice of the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to replace Stuart Law, ESPNcricinfo understands that talks between the parties have hit a stumbling block over financial issues and the BCB has been in touch with two other candidates - including Pybus - or their agents.

Newell has gone on record for the first time to confirm the story published by ESPNcricinfo on May 4 linking him with the job. "It would be a huge decision," he told ESPNcricinfo. "I would like to coach at the international level and, having not been an international player, these opportunities do not arise that often. I have had a couple of conversations with an agent about the position, but I would need a great deal more information before making such a massive decision and I have had no direct contact with the BCB.

"I also feel we are on the threshold of something quite good at Nottinghamshire. It would be very difficult to leave here."

Newell was also considered for the Bangladesh coaching role before Law was appointed in July 2011. Since then he has coached England Lions in the West Indies, while it is understood that Tamim Iqbal, an overseas player at Nottinghamshire in 2011, has provided positive reports about Newell's ability to the BCB.

BCB media committee chairman Jalal Yunus has said that it is "difficult" to name a coach, particularly at the moment. "It is still uncertain; till today, it will be difficult to name someone. The progress at this stage means that it won't be completed in a week, probably you can say at the end of the month."