Bangladesh news June 4, 2012

Pybus lays focus on team, not stars

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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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  • POSTED BY ClassicCommentary 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.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    FIFA WORLD RANKING (AFTER 150) IS BANGLADESH RANKED NUMBER 2(152) OUT OF 206 NATIONS. INDIA RANKED NUMBER 14(164), PAKISTAN RANKED NUMBER 31(181) AND SRI LANKA RANKED NUMBER 34(184). NO DOUBT, BANGLADESH HAS MUCH MORE QUALITY PLAYER THEN INDIA,PAKISTAN AND SRI LANKA IN A WORLD'S ONLY POPULAR SPORT.

  • POSTED BY muatasim_bd 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.

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid 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.

  • POSTED BY TheShawshankRedemption 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....

  • POSTED BY Bruisers 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..

  • POSTED BY Bruisers 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.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 -_-

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully 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..

  • POSTED BY ClassicCommentary 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.

  • POSTED BY on | June 7, 2012, 17:35 GMT

    FIFA WORLD RANKING (AFTER 150) IS BANGLADESH RANKED NUMBER 2(152) OUT OF 206 NATIONS. INDIA RANKED NUMBER 14(164), PAKISTAN RANKED NUMBER 31(181) AND SRI LANKA RANKED NUMBER 34(184). NO DOUBT, BANGLADESH HAS MUCH MORE QUALITY PLAYER THEN INDIA,PAKISTAN AND SRI LANKA IN A WORLD'S ONLY POPULAR SPORT.

  • POSTED BY muatasim_bd 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.

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid 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.

  • POSTED BY TheShawshankRedemption 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....

  • POSTED BY Bruisers 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..

  • POSTED BY Bruisers 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.

  • POSTED BY Bruisers 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.

  • POSTED BY 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 -_-

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully 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..

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 6, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover. similarly Pakistan has a bunch of AVERAGE and BELOW AVERAGE batsmen in the team...

  • POSTED BY Bruisers on | June 6, 2012, 10:00 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - He is talking about Test records against England 'IN' England. Not cumulative home & away records. Pakistan's record previous two Test tours of England- 2010: Eng won 3-1...... 2006: Eng won 3-0... Add the two, you get England 6-1, not 4-3! His claim about overseas performance holds better for Pakistan than India because, India in last two Test tours of England- 2011: Eng won 4-0.... 2007: Ind won 1-0... Add the two and you get England 4-1 which is better than 6-1. Haha. Please do some better research.

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | June 6, 2012, 9:59 GMT

    Rahane-fan@ BD bowling and Fielding side is far better than IND, yes I agree IND has some better batsman than BD but the FACT is INDIA cant stand to confront with BANGLADESH team the recent performances are the prove and it will be continued.

  • POSTED BY TheBlackMonk on | June 6, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    @narasimhan: No one loves to have a coach for short duration, and so is not Bangladesh. As a matter of fact, you mentioned loosing coaches during peak times, yes true but none of their departure was mostly in the hand of Board. Like Dev was persuaded by BCCI as a potential candidate of India, so decided not to renew contract, Law left due to his personal reason. For Siddons, yes BCB decided to let him go but he was with the team for a pretty good duration. Even India had to let Kirsten go though he was the only successful coach of India in recent times. So, changes of coach does not effect on a team's performance much as you think!

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 6, 2012, 9:06 GMT

    Varun aarun,yadav,ishant sharma,sreesanth,piyush Chawla,ashwin,negi,harbhajan,rahul sharma,ravindra jadeja,ALL R A BUNCH OF AVERAGE N BELOW AVERAGS,NTHNG ELESE,ZAK Z AN EXCEPTN THOUGH

  • POSTED BY BanglaBandhu on | June 6, 2012, 8:53 GMT

    Very positive comments from Pybus about team building and ethos. Strangely among the comments here there seems to be an impression by some that BD needs to be resurrected.

    Pybus is not resurrecting Bangladesh, Law did a fantastic job and as Cric info mentions Pybus will be continuing that work. The Winning spirit is instilled in BD and Pybus will now harness this and make improvements where needed. Fast Bowling, test cricket and a continuation of concentration on the team rather than individuals are the three goals that have been highlighted already so lets see how he gets on.

    I can only see positives here and BD developing even further - enough to make some neighbouring countries green with envy ;o)

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | June 6, 2012, 8:34 GMT

    The fact is, you cant stand India having good bunch of young fast bowlers.

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | June 6, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    @Emdadullah Mamun - "Why are the not in the team? " Err, what team? Varun Aaron was injured in December and recovered only in May and bowled pretty well on the batting friendly Kotla wicket in the IPL. Yadav has been a fixed member in the team over the last 6 months and was rested for Asia Cup with others like Sehwag & Zaheer. Awana came to the limelight only due to his recent Ranji Trophy and IPL performances. He will make it to the team sooner or later.

  • POSTED BY Muhtasim13 on | June 6, 2012, 6:40 GMT

    @ Rafelgibt, we know that u can't be a good bowler just because of pace. But the fact is that unless you have the pace to bowl at 140+, its really difficult to get wickets in Eng, Aus & SA. In fact, most of the Aus, SA & Eng bowlers have the ability to bowl at 140+. Even the best swing bowlers like Wasim & Waqar bowled at 140+. But at the moment, most Bangladeshi pacers bowl in the range 120-135 kph. Keep in mind that the next 2 world cups are going to be in Australia then in England. So, without really good fast bowlers, succeeding in those conditions will be extremely difficult

  • POSTED BY timtom on | June 6, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Carry on the good work from Stuart to mould BD as Champions...Last Asia Cup this team brought an attitude to win...to fight hard...They did`nt look like the typical team they were....Spot some good fast bowlers..

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | June 6, 2012, 5:56 GMT

    @Rafelgibt,come on man! Pak has a reasnable record against eng in eng,both in tests n odis,eng dominatd pak before early 80's and it z absolutely oposite of ths aftrwards,ur self percievd theory might hold true 4 india though,always do a reasnable research then comment.IN recent two test series its 4.3 in favor of pak

  • POSTED BY timtom on | June 6, 2012, 5:46 GMT

    Mr Pybus, Who are these so called STARS ?

  • POSTED BY An_Ashraful_Mukhlokat on | June 6, 2012, 4:47 GMT

    I think Pybus point of view is not right. A team without stars can not make any success. Afganistan is a team without star, Netherlands also and before couple of year Bangladesh was also a team with any star.Now Bangladesh has 2/3 stars and we need more and more. Mr. Pybus pls work to make minimum 14 stars player in BD team, pls work to make minimum 14 Shakib Al Hasan.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | June 6, 2012, 4:22 GMT

    Those who are shouting for 150 km pacers i want to ask them why we need so many EXPRESS bowlers???Just see how PAK/IND pacers struggle in the AUS, SA and ENG soil though on average 3 pacers of PAK bowled more than 145 km........So quick bowler is needed but skill needs to be there to get wickets.......Only pace will not make you win......At the end its clear that PACER or SPINNER doesn't matter its all about the skill of the bowler that will get 20 wickets of the against team to snatch win.............

  • POSTED BY TheShawshankRedemption on | June 6, 2012, 2:47 GMT

    I think if you look at B'desh history they have changed coaches and players quite frequently (thats not good for a developing team). Whenever the admin is not proper an office will not function properly. Eg: Dav Whatmore (2003-2007), Jamie Siddons (2007-2011) all have promised plenty in their 1st press meet and have gone nowhere. Stuart Law (2011-2012) and now Richard Pybus (2012-?) along with captains changed in last few years like dozen pawns of a chess board. I think stars are not the issue here (he just indirectly meant do not just rely on individuals like Sakib/Mortaza/Tamim/Ashraful in the past and leave the team under jeopardy). They need a good captain (like Sakib/Rahim) who need some time to build a team + a decent coach(support staff) who boosts their mental aspect. Do not appoint someone who will leave you after 6 months and hunt for new people is the key for B'desh cricket to grow. Thanks for publishing.

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | June 5, 2012, 20:24 GMT

    Finally, a coach that has sense not to use the "star" system... I mean, Stuart Law did it some what, Jamie Siddons did it alot and Whatmore did it to Ashraful! For a coach to get to know the team and quickly got a plan and use teamwork it doesn't matter if we have a world class all rounder and the #1 all rounder. We have a good team with young people but we still need to express that! Pybus is looking for fast bowlers... we need to definitely get good fast bowlers we only have three good fast bowlers and another one that is not so good (Shafiul). Our spin-bowlers are talented, not world class yet... we might have a huge chance to go far in the twenty20 world cup in Sri Lanka...

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 19:30 GMT

    @Rahane-fan ok my bad that i dint know about their international appearances!! but y r they not in the team?? bcos they get thrashed for runs!!

  • POSTED BY Fuad_bs on | June 5, 2012, 17:15 GMT

    After Asia Cup and the performance of Bangladesh in last 5 years, nobody can say BD didn't improve. From now on, BD will be able to win against all nations regularly for sure. Hope Pybus will take BD forward.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 14:50 GMT

    I wonder why there is a general sentiment amongst some of the Indian fans that Bangladesh is a clueless ODI side when recent results between these two countries suggests that Bangladesh was never thrashed in recent times and they do have a much better winning ratio in the last 5 years in big tournaments. Thashing Bangladesh doesn't make Indian team better if it can't beat SA, England, Australia like teams outside the sub-continent. Bangladesh board is doing everything right to make things work for them and Indian fans should recognize the fact that Bangladesh definitely not becoming Kenya or Zimbabwe and has a huge fan base that crosses the border as well.

    Sourav Ganguly's team of 'Team India' started the ODI ascension for India. Pybus is also focusing on the same strategy. He isnt focusing on only 'Helicopter riding to local matches' Tamim and Shakib. He is setting the tone right from the start that they wont get any extra privileges as Siddons allowed them to have.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 14:36 GMT

    Bangladeshi Cricketers have to perform well in field.......they have to understand that coach will not play with them. Its the Cricketers duty to execute the plan on field......coach can only make plan for them . So I hope that Tigers will perform their duty well. Good Luck Bangladesh, Good Luck Mr. Pybus.

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | June 5, 2012, 12:35 GMT

    @mrpontingtoyou: I think you can add India to the list of "boring and predictable", as their humiliating series losses in England and Australia last year shows that when they play abroad, they will be whitewashed by halfway decent (Australia) and good teams(England). @Rahan_fan: As much as I enjoy watching cricket, you can not appreciate cricket without statistics, and/or history. Without history, test cricket itself will be meaningless. No one in USA or other non cricket playing country will ever understand the value of a 5 days long sporting event that often end up without a winner, because they don't know what "ashes" mean. Statistics sets apart the Bradmans, Tendulkars, Kallis and Sobers and shows greatness over mediocrity. Cricket and baseball will always be a game of statistics, it is part of the game and thats what makes these games more enjoyable.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    Everything the new Bangladesh coach said is spot on. Cricket is a team Sport not an individual Sport and relying on individuals will not win you games but as a team will well at least competitive. Bangladesh have got a lot of games coming up from now till the end of the year the coming Tri-Nation Series involving Zimbabwe and South Africa, tour to the Caribbean for some practice matches against Trinidad & Tobago the tour to Ireland for 3 T20s, the tour to the Netherlands for 2 T20s also involving Scotland, a possible short tour to Pakistan, World T20 Championship and a full West Indies series to finish of the year so busy times lie ahead for Bangladesh and its important that we can compete in these games and perform as a team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 12:14 GMT

    A non-star Bangladesh team thrashed the Star-filled Indian team in the Asia Cup not so long ago. People forget things so easily. No wonder that Jadeja is the biggest star in the IPL. :D

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | June 5, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    BD will all series from now onwards...beware Aus, SA, Eng, India, Pakistan and Srilanka...you people can stop cricket now onwards and here comes the no:1 team in Tests and ODIs...

  • POSTED BY MrPontingToYou on | June 5, 2012, 10:55 GMT

    apart from when they play each other, series that involve WI, zimbabwe, and b'desh are extremely boring and predictable. a three division system should be set up, and every year or two the top team of the lower division replaces the bottom team of the division above. each division should consist of 6 teams, presently the top division should be .. oz, eng, ind, pak, sa, sl. division 2.. wi, b'desh, zim, scotland, ireland, nz. division 3.. canada, kenya, afgan, usa, holland, and one other team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    We are not any low ranked players.Because the next match we play we'll do it for our country.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 10:43 GMT

    I hope during the coaching period of Pybus, Bangladesh will gain success....

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | June 5, 2012, 10:36 GMT

    @Emdadullah Mamun - Umesh Yadav has played 6 Tests and 15 ODIs.. Varun Aaron has played 1 Test and 4 ODIs. Awana is currently playing for India A. "Not a single international match" eh? Next check cricinfo's player profile before posting a smart comment.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    @Rahane-fan bowlin some 150kphs in 'IPL' doesnt make any sense and that by givin so many runs!! they didnt even play a single intrnational match so india too doesnt hav a single bowler with 150kph speed at the moment!!

  • POSTED BY Praxis on | June 5, 2012, 9:33 GMT

    Pybus is definitely right. Unfortunately he won't ever be able to see 2/3 genuine fast bowlers in BD, let alone 6 to 8. At best he can manage with this team is a few 300+ scores & 4-day defeats in test cricket(that will be some improvement though). @Rahane-fan, maybe you need to track back a bit & read what lord_dravid wrote & writes in every single article about Bangladesh. @r0ketman, don't feed lord_dravid too much.

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | June 5, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    Rahane-fan@ Who are they ??? Where they from ?? What are their records and plays for which team ?? Are they International players ?? Have you got only theset two mysterious names after 122 years of cricket history ??

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 9:09 GMT

    Not only Pybus but few days back Gautam When KKR won IPL trophy under his subtle leadership that he uttered once cricket is not an individual game it is game of joining effort. It is the game of altogether with many performers. Bangladesh has many amazing stars like Sakib, Tamim, Nasir, Musfiqur and Murtaza but they are not enough capable of snatching match from competing with other countries until they all perform together. The concluding Asia Cup was commemorated with stunning performance of Sakib, Tamim, Nasir, Musfiq and Murtaz. All the players performed well with their best effort. So I have to go for the opinion of Pybus.He is right in his position to glorify team to work together to build a constructive team. If one fails to perform another comes, if another fails to perform, next comes to take responsibility on his shoulder. Cricket is the only such type of game to teach every individual to be whole. This is the philosophy of cricket. Pybus wants to guide the players tothis way

  • POSTED BY Muhtasim13 on | June 5, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    @ Third_Gear, Umesh Yadav

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | June 5, 2012, 8:49 GMT

    @Third_Gear - Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron have hit 150 on several occasions.. Another guy called Parvinder Awana bowls around 145, but not 150 yet. He'll get there soon.

  • POSTED BY Third_Gear on | June 5, 2012, 7:48 GMT

    Can anyone tell me the name of an INDIAN fast bowler who bowles at 150 KMPH ????

  • POSTED BY Breaking_Point on | June 5, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    Pybus is right but still u need some consistent performers known as STARS!..coz 11 players won't be consistent each day..!!

  • POSTED BY MattyP1979 on | June 5, 2012, 7:41 GMT

    Always love watching Ban play. But to compete against the bigger boys they need to develop at least a few pitches that aid seam. Without fast bowlers they simply cannot compete with either bat or ball, away from Asia especially. A slight attitude change needs to occur too with tests being seen as the piniacle of cricket, one dayers are fun but test is best!

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 7:23 GMT

    BD haters write off us not because we are a low ranking team, because we are a rising team. Every team has a glory and lean period. If other team fans think that they have the glory for all time, then compare the VIV era WI team with the present one. Wait and see.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 7:19 GMT

    he has a good point regarding no start system let see how it goes.. it also depends on players how they achieve their goal with their own determination

  • POSTED BY 30-30-150 on | June 5, 2012, 6:53 GMT

    @r0ketman - Why are you so inclined towards numbers and statistics? And historical comparison? Can't just enjoy the game of cricket as it happens?

  • POSTED BY Baundele on | June 5, 2012, 6:19 GMT

    He sounds right. It is all about the 'team' and not about individuals.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 6:18 GMT

    @ahmed ur ri8 bro.. how come BD has not a single seamer who can bowl at 150!!! not even one.. i think the reason is the pitches made in BD suit spin too much so seamers lose interest in bowling that fast!! well he shud talk with BCB n advise them to make atleast 1 fast ballin track..a gud option wud b the sylhet cric stadium!! and about strars almost every team has got one!! but pybus is right others shud also e able to win matches for us not only stars!!

  • POSTED BY Muhtasim13 on | June 5, 2012, 6:13 GMT

    @ Ahmed Hussain, Shakib has been the top ranked all rounder for the last few years but that hasn't made much difference to Bangladesh's performance, has it? Bangladesh is still poor in all formats of the game. Clearly, the "Star" tag attached to Shakib & Tamim hasn't benefited the team too much.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 5:50 GMT

    Best of Luck, Pybus! Wish you have lots of winning memories wth the Tigers!

  • POSTED BY jasumon on | June 5, 2012, 5:42 GMT

    I am so happy to see there are so many people supporting or criticizing Bangladesh team. that proves Bangladesh is capable if drawing the attention of cricket lovers. That is the sign that the team is improving.

    People who are criticizing .. i like to thank them.. cos .. in fact they are helping the team to improve. So no point fighting here... Tigers will prove in the field.

  • POSTED BY Nair_saab on | June 5, 2012, 4:38 GMT

    @ AusieBangaleeShameem - "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.", i think that answers your concern. With or without Gayle WI were/are ranked no.8, so what change does he brings. I think Pybus is spot on - for a team to perform consistently there should be a feeling among the team mates that we are going to win this match & first responsibility is mine, not like "I" am going to win this match for you guys -just watch & admire. Individual brilliance can win you matches once in a while but for consistency the "us/we" factor in the team matters most. @R0ketman- that's all my Lord_D....:)

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 4:28 GMT

    Our Team has overrated stars and we cannot win outside bangladesh...we can only win in once in a dream in ODI and 20/20 ...forget winning in tests in near decade..we should struugle to beat even WI in WI as they have become stronger with return of Gayle,Samuels and we don't have firepower like Roach,Edwards or Rampaul

  • POSTED BY Randy_Wilson on | June 5, 2012, 4:14 GMT

    @ AusieBangaleeShameem West Indies wasnt Even good with Stars. They Perform the Same with the Star and Even Without the Star. Please use cricinfo and look thru WI career. WI got greatest start. Yet Collpase like this Schoolboy team which WI carry to England.

  • POSTED BY on | June 5, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    luks like a great coach to me wayy better thn mr.duncan fletcher !!

    bangladesh on the rise now

  • POSTED BY nipun027 on | June 5, 2012, 3:19 GMT

    I think when a team will be starting to play well naturally there will be some consistent per4mers...... Gradually those consistent per4mers will b starz........... So If he focuses on the consistent per4mence in the team........ The team will raise up some times............

  • POSTED BY PACERONE on | June 5, 2012, 1:17 GMT

    What the hell is this guy talking about with stars? When a batsman is batting how can his team mates sitting in the pavilion help him? Give me a team of stars.including Warne Holding,Pointing Lillee lara,Tendulkar.Isaman.Richards.Dravid. Murili etc and let see how a team that plays as a team...whatever that is..would beat them.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 23:45 GMT

    @Aakash Balani....lol Bangladesh don't have any stars? Question: Who is the Number 1 All-Rounder in both Tests and ODIs? Exactly! its okay that you're not a star or anything so learn to appreciate and accept the facts :)

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 23:28 GMT

    'Pybus lays focus on team, not stars.'

    I don't think that should be such a problem - given that there aren't any stars in the Bangladesh team. If they did their fans wouldn't probably still be boasting about winning *Insert single yearly ODI win against a top 8 team*.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 22:59 GMT

    awesome ....great....mind boggling

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 22:33 GMT

    People have to be patient with the Bangladeshi team and just allow them to play many matches as possible, and gain experience through it. Most international Cricket team struggled to win matches for many years, even now there are teams who are not able to win away matches. Bangladesh is improving but they should be given time to learn their craft. Furthermore, many young people in Bangladesh are reluctant to pick up the game as a career, because there are too many uncertainties. They are advised to work harder on their studies to compete well in tough academic environment, instead of wasting time in playing Cricket. Bangladesh has to find ways to encourage more young people to pick up playing Cricket as a career. All the best.

  • POSTED BY AusieBangaleeShameem on | June 4, 2012, 22:08 GMT

    Chris Gayle, Shiv Chanderpaul, Bravo are some stars of WI cricket. Sunil Narine, Sammy are rising stars. Now let us subtract Shiv from WI team equation as Gayle has been subtracted before and don't add a rising star like Sunil Narine in the team equation --- I thinks the right side of the equation will be a BIG ZERO. If we talk about a "TEAM" then the term "STAR" is unavoidable because star players hold the key the team's success. Hope Pybus won't forget that as well while building the team. All the best Mr Richard, you'll definitely be tested -- and hope you to be successful.

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | June 4, 2012, 20:30 GMT

    I think Pybus is better than Law, Whatemore and Siddons... because he said the "Star" system will just lead the the "Star" players (Shakib and Tamim) will just make it worse... I think he got to the point that BD needs fast bowlers cause all we have is Mortaza Rubel and sometimes Shafiul... We have Nazamul Hossain and Abul Hasan! We have good spinner but they are not YET world-class... we need batsmen to grow into test not just ODI and T20's. This is a matter of team-work not Star players to rely on.. final we have a coach who makes some sense of not saying to rely on Tamim and Shakib and instead the TEAM THE TIGERS! BD FAN AND ALWAYS WILL BE!!!

  • POSTED BY cricket_hooligan on | June 4, 2012, 20:22 GMT

    There shud be a relegation system in test cricket to encourage affliated teams like ireland to be given chance instead of bangladesh

  • POSTED BY cricket_hooligan on | June 4, 2012, 20:15 GMT

    I think it will not effect any rapid improvements and players from domestic cricket should emerge to move bangladesh in ranks. All i am telling is cricket coaching is like resource management rather than improving players skills. Bangladesh improved a lot in bowling n field apart from some average batting. Dont hope too much on pybus..

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | June 4, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    @lord_dravid: So many coaches have tried for BD? Really? BD has been playing for only 11 years as a full member!!! BD has all the money? Facilities? I will give you cricket loving population, but money and facilities? Seriously!! And on what ground do you claim Ireland is "just as good as BD"? BD has played 7 ODI matches against Ireland, won 5 and lost 2. BD has a 70% + win record against Ireland, on what mathematical grounds does that make Ireland "just as good as BD"? Since BD has won tow or three times over India in ODIs, following your train of logic, I should claim BD is "just as good as India." Irland has more than 3 or four players that play regularly in County cricket, the oldest and the best first class structure in the world. BD's first class structure dates back only to 1999. Even with all the training in the county cricket, Ireland still loses to BD more often than they win. How do you expect people to buy your claim that Ireland is "just as good as BD"?

  • POSTED BY Stark62 on | June 4, 2012, 19:58 GMT

    Umm.......

    Stars are made stars because they are match winners!!

    You should ask the Windies because they have tried to play with this philosophy but so far, have failed miserably and I hope BD don't go down that route.

  • POSTED BY rony1008 on | June 4, 2012, 19:44 GMT

    Looks like this guy means business. I hope he can give BD cricket a good foundation. Hope BCB gives him the time without looking much at the results. Wish him and Bangladesh cricket all the best.

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on | June 4, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Pybus and bowling coach initially got hold of 18 fast bowlers from BD and from 18, pacy and talented ones will be picked for Pybus mentoring. Great sign for BD already and LOL its only a second day of his job and some great initiatives already taken.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Meanwhile apart from being professional and focusing on building a team rather than the stars Pybus has to understand the culture of Sub-continent. Unlike the Aussies, SA's, English people & players of sub-continent are very emotional. So he has to handle them in a different way. We all will hope that he wont make the same mistake made by Greg Chappel in India of being strictly harsh upon the senior members which eventually made his tenure a dismal one. I hope he will going to make his precedent experience of working with Pakistan team count here as well.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | June 4, 2012, 19:08 GMT

    Wish you all the best :D He has some good players to work with and the first series will be in Zim which is a unofficial series so winning or losing it wont matter thus there will be no pressure. BCB have done a great job by arranging so many T20 for BD because it'll give them a great opportunity to prepare for the wc. Bangladesh rarely play T20 and test. Good to see BCB got some extra T20 for them out of FTP Hopefully next year there will be some extra test too.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    now i am getting optimistic about pybus. if tigers can follow his instruction, insha Allah a new Bangladesh will emerge...

  • POSTED BY Amit-Roy on | June 4, 2012, 18:48 GMT

    His words say he's a man tailor-made for the job. Hasn't even mentioned a players' name from the Bangladesh side. He's only focusing on building the team chemistry and that's how one should go about.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 18:43 GMT

    dont matter at all if u r pubus or any 1 dis associate team wont do anything justice 2 his efforts mark my word..

  • POSTED BY Sadequl on | June 4, 2012, 18:40 GMT

    WC Pybus to this part of the world. Wish U all the very best & hope all the ideas & thoughts U shared will be fruitful at the end of the day. One Bengali word which would be perfect at this stage for it, "Tree what is your name & it reply my fruit is my answer". So wishing your long lasting career over here with BD boyz.

  • POSTED BY R_U_4_REAL_NICK on | June 4, 2012, 18:12 GMT

    I think what Pybus is trying to say here is that "there's no 'I' in team", and there are none in 'Bangladesh' or 'talent' either. But hey, there are capital ones in ILP, India... and there's a little one in 'sponsorship' as well! Good on you Pybus. Team comes first, then stars will evolve later.

  • POSTED BY Lord_Dravid on | June 4, 2012, 17:56 GMT

    I suppose pybus can only try but i dont think he'll succeed in raising bangladesh cricket standards..soo many coaches have tried in the past with all the facilities, money and a big cricket population but to no avail..its a shame that ireland dosent have test status because they're just a good as bangladesh even though they have less money, less facilitues and a tiny cricket population.

  • POSTED BY MrPontingToYou on | June 4, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    what is this... a gibson clone...?

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 17:50 GMT

    I think the challenge would be to make some good & competitive fast bowlers, eliminate the dread from the batsmen minds and make them more consistent. Also need to develop a system from ensuring bunch of super talents are fluxing. Lets see how he manages the things. Best of luck to him !!!

  • POSTED BY ZsZs on | June 4, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Good to see this attitude. Idolatry of Stars is endemic in Bangladesh. Tamim has not played an FC in the last 5 years!!!! The world's number one test team's stars are all playing 4 day matches. No one gets exempt from that. FC is a habit and this star idolatry laden FC holidays need to stop! God Speed Coach Pybus!

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | June 4, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Pybus said BD need 6-8 fighting fast bowlers. But the fact is that BD produced only one good fast bowler - Mashrafe & none else. BD's poor per4mance in Test is mainly due to lack of good top order batsmen as well as good fast bowlers. BCB is eager to business like BPL & local club leagues rather than country's only First Class tournament. So BD won't improve in Test under current domestic structure. Pybus will surely realize it soon.

  • POSTED BY RK204 on | June 4, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    well said mr.Pybus.....& another thing i am little bit surprised & happy to see that now-a-days cricinfo is showing a lot of interest on BD cricket....it's may be bcz of the Asia cup...anyway whatever the reasons we the bd people are really proud of it....thanks a lot cricinfo...

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | June 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Richard Pybus looks like MEL GIBSON!!!!! will take a Braveheart kind of effort to resurrect the Bangladeshis!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    your technique is very essential for any unit.. it will boost d strength of any individual.. when a unit perform regularly d star will focus automatically.. i like your concept mr. richard pybus.. sir i want to see u as a legend on our countries own script!!

  • POSTED BY bdfighter1 on | June 4, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    though starts promisingly, miles to go...

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    The new Bangladesh coach is right, if Bangladesh can perform as a team rather than relying on their stars like Tamim or Shakib, then they can at least make the team make games much closer and competitive rather one-sided. Bangladesh can play as a team and be consistent and the recent Asia Cup proved it but now its all about keeping momentum and keeping your confidence levels up. Bangladesh are still a weak team compared to the likes of India, England, Australia, Pakistan etc but have certainly improved considerably since the 2007 World Cup till today.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Everything is going pretty well for Bangladesh so far holding tournaments, winning games and be competitive, gaining sponsorships and interests, making games etc etc. Bangladesh are most certainly the team on the rise in fact out of the 10 full members in International Cricket, they have the youngest of all players as a whole. The likes of Ponting, Tendulker, Kallis etc etc cannot always play for your National Teams and one day have to replace these top quality players with young less inexperienced players and will one day have to go up against the more experienced Bangladeshi youngsters like Tamim, Shakib, Rahim etc and we all know where results lie in the future. To be honest though I still think Bangladesh will struggle in Test Cricket but that is due to the fact we don't have much pace bowling. There's not one bowler in Bangladesh we know that can bowl 90mph/150kph so that has to be Bangladesh's top priority. Fast 'Express' Bowling is a must for Bangladesh's Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    ............respects sir..........

  • POSTED BY S.S.Sagar on | June 4, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    So, If Shakib FlopS in The Next SerieS, He'd Drop Him?? Wow!!!

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  • POSTED BY S.S.Sagar on | June 4, 2012, 17:13 GMT

    So, If Shakib FlopS in The Next SerieS, He'd Drop Him?? Wow!!!

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 17:14 GMT

    ............respects sir..........

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 17:17 GMT

    Everything is going pretty well for Bangladesh so far holding tournaments, winning games and be competitive, gaining sponsorships and interests, making games etc etc. Bangladesh are most certainly the team on the rise in fact out of the 10 full members in International Cricket, they have the youngest of all players as a whole. The likes of Ponting, Tendulker, Kallis etc etc cannot always play for your National Teams and one day have to replace these top quality players with young less inexperienced players and will one day have to go up against the more experienced Bangladeshi youngsters like Tamim, Shakib, Rahim etc and we all know where results lie in the future. To be honest though I still think Bangladesh will struggle in Test Cricket but that is due to the fact we don't have much pace bowling. There's not one bowler in Bangladesh we know that can bowl 90mph/150kph so that has to be Bangladesh's top priority. Fast 'Express' Bowling is a must for Bangladesh's Cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 17:21 GMT

    The new Bangladesh coach is right, if Bangladesh can perform as a team rather than relying on their stars like Tamim or Shakib, then they can at least make the team make games much closer and competitive rather one-sided. Bangladesh can play as a team and be consistent and the recent Asia Cup proved it but now its all about keeping momentum and keeping your confidence levels up. Bangladesh are still a weak team compared to the likes of India, England, Australia, Pakistan etc but have certainly improved considerably since the 2007 World Cup till today.

  • POSTED BY bdfighter1 on | June 4, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    though starts promisingly, miles to go...

  • POSTED BY on | June 4, 2012, 17:29 GMT

    your technique is very essential for any unit.. it will boost d strength of any individual.. when a unit perform regularly d star will focus automatically.. i like your concept mr. richard pybus.. sir i want to see u as a legend on our countries own script!!

  • POSTED BY 777aditya on | June 4, 2012, 17:36 GMT

    Richard Pybus looks like MEL GIBSON!!!!! will take a Braveheart kind of effort to resurrect the Bangladeshis!!!!!

  • POSTED BY RK204 on | June 4, 2012, 17:39 GMT

    well said mr.Pybus.....& another thing i am little bit surprised & happy to see that now-a-days cricinfo is showing a lot of interest on BD cricket....it's may be bcz of the Asia cup...anyway whatever the reasons we the bd people are really proud of it....thanks a lot cricinfo...

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | June 4, 2012, 17:40 GMT

    Pybus said BD need 6-8 fighting fast bowlers. But the fact is that BD produced only one good fast bowler - Mashrafe & none else. BD's poor per4mance in Test is mainly due to lack of good top order batsmen as well as good fast bowlers. BCB is eager to business like BPL & local club leagues rather than country's only First Class tournament. So BD won't improve in Test under current domestic structure. Pybus will surely realize it soon.

  • POSTED BY ZsZs on | June 4, 2012, 17:43 GMT

    Good to see this attitude. Idolatry of Stars is endemic in Bangladesh. Tamim has not played an FC in the last 5 years!!!! The world's number one test team's stars are all playing 4 day matches. No one gets exempt from that. FC is a habit and this star idolatry laden FC holidays need to stop! God Speed Coach Pybus!