Bangladesh news May 29, 2012

Newell withdraws from Bangladesh running


Mick Newell has withdrawn from the running to be the next Bangladesh coach. Newell, the director of cricket at Nottinghamshire, had been shortlisted as a candidate to replace Stuart Law in the role but has now informed the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) that he is not available for family reasons.

Newell's withdrawal leaves Richard Pybus as the overwhelming favourite to land the job. While the BCB have a shortlist of names that includes Mark Greatbatch, Dermot Reeve and Kepler Wessels, Pybus remains their preferred candidate. Law stood down in order to take the role of high performance coach at Australia's Centre of Excellence. Shane Jurgensen, who had been the bowling coach, has been appointed as interim Bangladesh coach.

"It is hugely flattering to be linked to such a job and, in many ways, it is a very attractive opportunity," Newell told ESPNcricinfo. "But I just felt that the time was not quite right for me. I have twins aged eight and didn't think they were at the age where they would understand if I was away for 10 or 11 months of the year.

"The other thing was that I knew that if I took the job, I would probably never coach Nottinghamshire again. I've worked for the club for 30 years and I've been coaching there for 10 years. It doesn't get much better than working for Nottinghamshire and I would have to think very carefully before leaving."

Negotiations between 47-year-old Newell and the BCB never progressed to the point where finances or length of contract were discussed. Instead, Newell, who has twice (2005 and 2010) overseen Nottinghamshire winning the County Championship, asked for some details about the position and then made his decision.

"My questions were about how they saw the role of the head coach and support staff. We never talked about money. They responded and, after 24 hours having a think about things, I decided that the time wasn't quite right for me to pursue this.

"It is a role that would be of huge interest at the right time. I hope I haven't ruled myself out of contention in the future as coaching an international team remains something I would like to do. I'd love to coach England at some stage - I'm sure any coach will tell you they want to work with the best players they can but, due to the age of my children, I have notified the BCB that I am not available for this role."

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Enamul on May 30, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    He came know that he is not getting the job PYBUS appointment is the prove.

  • Rizwan on May 30, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Put off all the possible candidates, Newell was the one I was hoping for. Doesn't matter much, we'll probably get someone better very soon.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 4:50 GMT

    What about Stephan Fleming as he is good coach for Asian Conditions as he is doing same with CSK

  • Shaikh on May 30, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    @ Lord_Dravid: u follow cricket at all? What made u think ireland looked more promising than Bangladesh. If i compare ur arguments from indian perspective, look at india today...with more money than Bangladesh, much more fan following (considering much higher population) than Bangladesh, much more facilities than Bangladesh, lots and lots of international coaches (batting coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, psychologist, etc), it took them more than 40 years to reach an average position in world cricket. What more did they need to reach there?

  • Deepak on May 30, 2012, 4:49 GMT

    Looks like Bangladeshi fans want a piece of people like Wright and Wessels. I don't think they would want to waste their time on this type of a team. Its better to coach some U-19 side back home rather than coming over to BD, wasting your expertise and facing the wrath of fans if the team doesn't do well.

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 4:27 GMT

    Wow, so the self-appointed candidate has withdrawn. Funny thing is BCB did not show any interest in him at all! @Lord_Dravid- man you really are a clown- if Bangladesh is atrocious then what is India? a team Bangladesh beats on a regular basis in major competitions. Oh- finally Dravid is mediocre! Shakib is much, much better!

  • Dummy4 on May 30, 2012, 3:50 GMT

    very funny Newell. BCB never interested and he talking like a BCB running from his back side. never mind good newell.

  • Tawhidul on May 30, 2012, 0:08 GMT

    BCB should avoid the high profile coaches because they demand too much salary, short term agreement, more leaves, Air tickets, no tax on money and other extra & unusual benefits. The success depends on players not on the coach. Players make coach successful. Bangladesh is a promising cricketing power now. So, it's better to spend more money on players by improving practice facilities, playing in foreign country, player motivation, new player searching, & Junior level cricket regulation for future. BCB should appoint mid-level coaches from AUS or SA or SL for various level & national team. It will ensure proper utilization of money for future.

  • Dummy4 on May 29, 2012, 21:48 GMT

    Lord_Dravid...I understand your concern. u r right actually....that's the only way u can actually save India from getting kicked out of major tournaments like World Cup and Asia cup!

  • Mohsin on May 29, 2012, 21:20 GMT

    I agree with some of the things said here. Newell himself says he is interested when BCB didnt approach him like serious professional wise, and all of a sudden he says he can't. Is it in the blood of English people of making drama? Can't understand Newell really he should be more professional as he is in county cricket. Lord_Dravid oh man you never seize to amaze. I think its not enough that India was beaten 4-0 in England and 4-0 in Aus. Please resurrect your country's cricket first which is a big LOL at the moment.

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