Bangladesh news June 4, 2012

Pybus lays focus on team, not stars


Bangladesh's laudable Asia Cup performance is a thing of the past. Come mid-June, the team will begin a new chapter: they will head off to the unofficial Twenty20 tri-series in Zimbabwe with a new coach, Richard Pybus, and with September's World Twenty20 on their minds. And Pybus, at his first press conference as coach, was clear about what his plan of action is - developing a fighting unit, without focussing on reputations.

"If you've got stars, you don't have a team," Pybus said in Dhaka on Monday. "I think the goal is to have a very strong team, where the players are playing for each other. It is important to leave our egos to one side and play for the badge and the country, making that the commitment. From my coaching experience, when you have a 'star' system, you've got problems."

Pybus arrived in Dhaka on June 2 and spent the following day getting introduced to the players. On Monday, he was officially presented to the Bangladesh Cricket Board's directors and the country's media. His talk of attaching little importance to stardom is in keeping with the previous coach, Stuart Law's, system of working.

Apart from the team culture he fosters, Pybus' tenure will be judged by how well Bangladesh fare in Test cricket. For that, Pybus will have to wait till November though, when Bangladesh play a Test for the first time in eleven months, against West Indies. He said he would use this time to prepare the team for the longest format's challenges.

"Test cricket is really the tree that grows your players," he said. "I am looking forward to playing stronger nations in Tests, that's the bottom line. As we work through the cricketing schedule, we'll make sure that we are doing everything in our power to be fully prepared [for Test cricket]."

Pybus will get the chance to get acquainted with his players in a closed environment in Zimbabwe, free from the pressures and expectations that could have hindered his early understanding of the team had their next series been at home. This, Pybus said, suits him.

"It is always nice to get away with a group of players rather than play at home, [without] the distractions you have when you're at home. Aside from this being an opportunity for the players to play high-level cricket, it'll be an opportunity for me to see how the team works. I don't want to change anything until I find out how it works."

So why did he take the job in the first place? For the sheer challenge that it offers, he said. "Part of it is the challenge of working with a young group of players and helping them develop, and identifying the key behind building a multi-format team.

"There's no magic wand here as a coach. It is about the desire, passion and skill level of the players. You need a core group of players, like in other countries. You need six to eight fast bowlers to fight for spots … There'll be no shortage of young spinners in Bangladesh because of the conditions, but out of all those spinners you need world-class spinners … When I talk of talent, I take it as a given anywhere around the world. It [coaching] is about maximising the talent."

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

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  • tanvir on June 7, 2012, 18:07 GMT

    I am really appreciated & enjoyed to see all Indian, Pakistani folks for their interest about BD's Cricket. Forget about others, there wasn't very long ago we don't really had anything to say about our cricket , all we use to talk or debate about PAK, IND,SIR, AUS's cricket; in fact, it was a dream to play with IND, PAK or other test nation with their full national team. Now plot get little change we are not only playing with them but also able to defect them on our day. Whets more we are now dreaming, we will be the world champ in Cricket history in near future just wait & see until the dream become true.

  • Dummy4 on June 7, 2012, 17:35 GMT


  • Muatasim on June 7, 2012, 8:55 GMT

    @Lord_Dravid If you hate Bangladesh Cricket so much then why do you have to come and read all the news of Bangladesh Cricket. Let us talk about your Indian Cricket, a team that has been playing cricket for 80 years now cant even get a top quality bowler and they have the worst bowling attack in the world. Despite BCCI having excess of money cant even get a bowler and what a shame. By looking at Asia Cup 2012, it looked like their bowling attack is even worse than Ireland. Since, you are saying that no coach can ever lift up the standard of Bangladesh Cricket. Therefore, I can say that no bowling coach will ever be able to lift the standard of India's Bowling and if they couldnt do it in past 80 years then they cant even do it in the near future.

  • Hira on June 6, 2012, 20:04 GMT

    bangladesh isnt helping any associate teams..its just that no full member teams want to play bangladesh because of obvious reasons,.and because of this bangladesh has no choice but to play matches against ireland, scotland etc.

  • Lakshmi Narasimhan on June 6, 2012, 14:39 GMT

    @Satan_in_Game: I too agree Law left owing to personal problems..My only intention was do not change the dressing room environment too much. I did mention about captain change as well...Captain + Coach = builds a team...What i mean is inquire to Pybus about his personal commitments, etc and then appoint him (may be for 2 years). Now about Indian cricket...Dev was coach for 10 months between October 1999 and August 2000. Yes I agree, it was mistake from BCCI's end. What I'm here to say is these are lesson for every board. Before you appoint a coach or captain have a thorough study. India for the same old reason did not have a permanent coach after Wright left after 5 years and they also waited before appointing Kirsten or even Fletcher. BCCI learnt a lesson from Dev's episode. About Kirsten, he did achieve what was intended and also his contract was also over by WC 2011. So no more expectations and Kirsten needs his personal life too....

  • Deepak on June 6, 2012, 12:48 GMT

    @Third_Gear - In fact five catches were dropped in the second innings. I just checked the commentary section on cricinfo to confirm. Balls 1.1, 1.2, 1.4, 5.4 and 7.5.. Phew. You can just imagine how good the fielders actually are..

  • Deepak on June 6, 2012, 12:43 GMT

    @Third_Gear - Really? You really think Bangla bowlers are better than Indian ones!? Wow, these days the comments section is becoming more and more humorous. Seriously, what have your bowlers done to prove your statement. I can't remember a single BD bowler's name apart from Mortaza and Shakib. Forget about picking 20 wkts in a Test, they can't even pick 10 wickets on their own unless the batsmen throw their wickets away tired of smashing them all day. I just happened to see BPL final video by chance and got to see some real sitters being dropped by your amazing fielders. At least 4 catches were dropped (i saw only about 5 mins) in the 2nd innings by Bangla fielders. 3 of the same over from Kabir Ali, I can remember. Don't know how many were dropped in the rest of the match cause I didn't see the entire game. Really the worst fielders among the Top 12 teams has to be the great Bangladesh.

  • Deepak on June 6, 2012, 12:32 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - We understand your knowledge in cricket and are honored to read your amazing views and thoughts.. If you have only such thoughts about Indian cricketers, you can keep it to yourself. No need to start a debate in every Cricinfo article.

  • Dummy4 on June 6, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    Most critics of Bangladesh especially Indian's and Pakistani's claim Bangladesh are a joke of Cricket and need to be removed etc etc well if that's the case then its not surprising that Cricket is disliked by most parts of the World and removing Bangladesh just degrades Cricket even more no wonder Football and Rugby are considered better Sports and these Sports spread the game all over the World in fact even the top teams of these Sports play the weaker nations. The new Bangladesh coach goal is basically trying to lift Bangladesh to new heights which is of course possible. India and Pakistan are of course better than Bangladesh in Cricket but that's because they have been playing Cricket much longer than Bangladesh but the fact is that doesn't make any of you guys superior to us in fact when it comes to 'real' Sports such as Football, Bangladesh are better than both India and Pakistan in fact the Fifa World Rankings show that Bangladesh are ranked higher than India and Pakistan -_-

  • Manesh on June 6, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    @Third_Gear . Recent performance doesn't mean a single game, isn't it? Do you have any idea about how many ur team won? ODIs and Tests? funny..

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