Bangladesh news July 11, 2012

Saqlain offered post of Bangladesh spin-bowling consultant

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Saqlain Mushtaq, the former Pakistan offspinner, has been offered the post of Bangladesh's spin-bowling consultant for a period of three months. Saqlain's appointment was approved by the BCB at a board meeting on Wednesday, but he is yet to sign a contract.

The BCB is hopeful Saqlain will join Bangladesh on their tour to Europe, during which they will play Ireland, Scotland and Netherlands from July 16. "There are a few formalities that are not complete, but we hope he joins us on July 15 in Ireland," BCB director Enayet Hossain Siraj said.

During the meeting it was decided that the short stint could be a probation period for Saqlain, but there was no talk of a prolonged contract. Saqlain, 35, had worked with Australia spinner during the 2009 Ashes and then served as spin consultant for New Zealand for a year from August 2009.

The BCB directors also approved the appointment of Australia's Richard McInnes as the head coach of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) for a period of two years. He is expected to arrive in Bangladesh later this month and take over a position that has been vacant since October last year, when his countryman Ross Turner resigned on health grounds.

This is McInnes' second stint in Bangladesh, after serving as Bangladesh Under-19s' coach and helping set up the high performance unit in 2003-04. Several current national players passed through the unit's programme, and it was the precursor of the NCA.

Also, Sri Lanka's Haputhanthrige Weerasinghe was appointed coach of the Bangladesh women's team, taking over from former India player Mamatha Maben.

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

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  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 14, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    @muhtasim: Please read my post again. I have never claimed Tamim was the best player in the world. My argument was to refute someone who claimed BD did not have "talent". A talented player does not have to be the best in the world, he just has to have talent recognized by experts. Tamim could not have an impact against England, who has probably one of the the strongest, if not the strongest home test team, unless he had talent. If you think century at Lords just come by sheer luck, in that case, no argument can be made. I specifically said Wisden named him cricketer of the year, I never asserted Tamim is the best in the world. What I did assert that BD has talent as evident by experts decision to name Tamim cricketer of the year, as well Shakib being ranked no 1 all rounder in the world. In my post I did not claim Shakib is the best all rounder either, but if you say he is not talented, than you know more than the experts, and I can't argue with someone like that.

  • POSTED BY Quddus-Mamu on | July 14, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    I'm totally agree with k4zz. One or both of Nasir and Mahmudullah need to learn the doosra since both of them are off spinner like Saqlain. That way, BD team can have more variation in their spin department.

  • POSTED BY Muhtasim13 on | July 14, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @r0ketman, you do realize that the Wisden award is not awarded to the best players. It is awarded to players "who have made an impact on English cricket season". The only reason Tamim Iqbal got the award was because of his centuries against England. County cricket players who have never played for England have won the award in previous years, so you can't really assert that players winning the Wisden award are the best in the world

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | July 14, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @bored_Iam I actually just predicted that... LOL! Cause Abul Hasan's favourite bowler is Brett Lee so I suggested it. Cause he is 39 around Saqlain's age so I thought it would be a good idea. He is an incredible bowler anyways!

  • POSTED BY bored_iam on | July 14, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @FOTO: U almost prophesied Brett Lee's retirement didn't you? :-D

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 14, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @legaleagle - haahaha....You're a Joke! -_-

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 14, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    @sanga_Cricketfan: Your stats are incorrect. Out of 185 ODI wickets, Razzak has 96 wickets taken against top 8 teams. He has very respectable averages against AUS, PAK and ENG (averages in the low 30's). And it is not Razzak's fault that 22% of the ODIs he played was against Zim, I am sure he had no control over the schedule. While it is absurd to compare him to Saqlain, it is equally absurd to claim he is "nothing" against top teams. His average against AUS is much better than Vettori. So please check stats before you claim Razzak is "nothing" against top teams.

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 14, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    @legaleagle: The comments opposing BD are going from meaningless rants to plain old ridiculous!! BD does not have talent? Tell that to Wisden experts who chose Tamim Iqbal as the cricketer of the year not even a couple of years ago. Are you claiming Wisden knows less about cricket than you do? BD does not have talent? Tell that to ICC ranking committee who currently ranks Shakib as number one rated all rounder, and top ten bowler in multiple formats. Do you want to say you know more than the experts who rank cricketers? BD does not have talent? Ask the great Indian captains SRT, Dravid and Ganguly, who all lost their wickets to a "talentless" Shakib in the most recent version of IPL. Shakib is considered one of the best, if not "the" best SLA bowlers in the world, I don't think besides Vettori anyone comes close. Do you not consider that talent? Do you want to define "talent" for us, so we can be enlightened? Not sure if Cricinfo wil post this one.....

  • POSTED BY Love_cricket123 on | July 13, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Ahmed Hussain Bhaiya u rock !! i love your comments! :) added u on facebook as well :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    May allah bless Saqlain Mushtaq...The spin magician....Finally i get to see him in BD... Thanks to allah..I still remember when mushtaq came for 3 days in a nearby mosque of my house...I tried almost everyday to meet him but he was very strict of not talking about cricket or meet any fans there....people said he was praying most of the times and reading QURAN....So guys plz grow up don't waste your time going after each other....Namaj is the best solution if you love any cricketer pray for him.

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 14, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    @muhtasim: Please read my post again. I have never claimed Tamim was the best player in the world. My argument was to refute someone who claimed BD did not have "talent". A talented player does not have to be the best in the world, he just has to have talent recognized by experts. Tamim could not have an impact against England, who has probably one of the the strongest, if not the strongest home test team, unless he had talent. If you think century at Lords just come by sheer luck, in that case, no argument can be made. I specifically said Wisden named him cricketer of the year, I never asserted Tamim is the best in the world. What I did assert that BD has talent as evident by experts decision to name Tamim cricketer of the year, as well Shakib being ranked no 1 all rounder in the world. In my post I did not claim Shakib is the best all rounder either, but if you say he is not talented, than you know more than the experts, and I can't argue with someone like that.

  • POSTED BY Quddus-Mamu on | July 14, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    I'm totally agree with k4zz. One or both of Nasir and Mahmudullah need to learn the doosra since both of them are off spinner like Saqlain. That way, BD team can have more variation in their spin department.

  • POSTED BY Muhtasim13 on | July 14, 2012, 15:04 GMT

    @r0ketman, you do realize that the Wisden award is not awarded to the best players. It is awarded to players "who have made an impact on English cricket season". The only reason Tamim Iqbal got the award was because of his centuries against England. County cricket players who have never played for England have won the award in previous years, so you can't really assert that players winning the Wisden award are the best in the world

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | July 14, 2012, 14:49 GMT

    @bored_Iam I actually just predicted that... LOL! Cause Abul Hasan's favourite bowler is Brett Lee so I suggested it. Cause he is 39 around Saqlain's age so I thought it would be a good idea. He is an incredible bowler anyways!

  • POSTED BY bored_iam on | July 14, 2012, 12:51 GMT

    @FOTO: U almost prophesied Brett Lee's retirement didn't you? :-D

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 14, 2012, 11:55 GMT

    @legaleagle - haahaha....You're a Joke! -_-

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 14, 2012, 5:16 GMT

    @sanga_Cricketfan: Your stats are incorrect. Out of 185 ODI wickets, Razzak has 96 wickets taken against top 8 teams. He has very respectable averages against AUS, PAK and ENG (averages in the low 30's). And it is not Razzak's fault that 22% of the ODIs he played was against Zim, I am sure he had no control over the schedule. While it is absurd to compare him to Saqlain, it is equally absurd to claim he is "nothing" against top teams. His average against AUS is much better than Vettori. So please check stats before you claim Razzak is "nothing" against top teams.

  • POSTED BY r0ketman on | July 14, 2012, 4:57 GMT

    @legaleagle: The comments opposing BD are going from meaningless rants to plain old ridiculous!! BD does not have talent? Tell that to Wisden experts who chose Tamim Iqbal as the cricketer of the year not even a couple of years ago. Are you claiming Wisden knows less about cricket than you do? BD does not have talent? Tell that to ICC ranking committee who currently ranks Shakib as number one rated all rounder, and top ten bowler in multiple formats. Do you want to say you know more than the experts who rank cricketers? BD does not have talent? Ask the great Indian captains SRT, Dravid and Ganguly, who all lost their wickets to a "talentless" Shakib in the most recent version of IPL. Shakib is considered one of the best, if not "the" best SLA bowlers in the world, I don't think besides Vettori anyone comes close. Do you not consider that talent? Do you want to define "talent" for us, so we can be enlightened? Not sure if Cricinfo wil post this one.....

  • POSTED BY Love_cricket123 on | July 13, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    Ahmed Hussain Bhaiya u rock !! i love your comments! :) added u on facebook as well :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 13, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    May allah bless Saqlain Mushtaq...The spin magician....Finally i get to see him in BD... Thanks to allah..I still remember when mushtaq came for 3 days in a nearby mosque of my house...I tried almost everyday to meet him but he was very strict of not talking about cricket or meet any fans there....people said he was praying most of the times and reading QURAN....So guys plz grow up don't waste your time going after each other....Namaj is the best solution if you love any cricketer pray for him.

  • POSTED BY DecisionPending_BD on | July 13, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain: wow you are neglecting such a batsman Sachin!!!!. He'd get most of his hundreds against Australia, Sri Lanka, South Africa. He's got only 5 hundreds against Namibia and Kenya. And rest of the centuries came against test paying nations. You are saying a quarter!!!!@! of his hundreds (means 25 hundreds) came against Ban,Zim,Ken and Nam. lol........ I think you need more cricket knowledge. :D

  • POSTED BY bored_iam on | July 13, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain: ahem, Sachin has 48 centuries against the WI, Aus, SA and Eng-arguable the top teams of the past 23yrs. And i haven't included the Wasim-Waqar-Shoaib-led-Pak or the Murali-Vaas-led-SL or the Bond-Cairns-led-NZ. Pray tell me how many does does BD have in its entire cricket history? Also, plz stop confusing Abdul Razzaq(rfm bowler, PAK) and Abdur Razzak(sla bowler, BD). Please go check his stats. And then compare his potential to Saqlain's. Plz publish.

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | July 13, 2012, 0:22 GMT

    My comment is so true though: Now all we need is better fast bowling. Does anyone know a good fast bowler coach other than a Pakastani Cause Pakastani's are rare to get especially Wasim Akram.. A West Indian perhaps would be a good idea or an Australian if Brett Lee retires.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | July 12, 2012, 20:08 GMT

    @ambocud- That is funny :)

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2012, 18:59 GMT

    @Sanga_cricketfan... lol Almost a quarter of Sachin 100 100s came against the likes of Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya etc so what's your point about Razzaq getting a lot of his wickets against a team like Zimbabwe? Zimbabwe has a good history in Cricket and had wonderful players in the past such as Flowers, Streak, Blignaut and today such as Jarvis, Price, Taylor etc so you're not making any sense. Besides Razzaq still got a lot of wickets against the likes of Australia, England, South Africa, India etc so STOP using DOUBLE STANDARDS have no case based on these evidences :)

  • POSTED BY Htc-Android on | July 12, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    @Shamim_araf-- first check razzaqs stats half of his odi wickets came against zimbabwe and associate teams. he is nothing against top teams. how can you compare him with a great bowler like saqlain mushtaq.

  • POSTED BY k4zz on | July 12, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    @shamim.. Yes bdesh has talent but there's no point going over the top and undermining saqlain and overhyping the likes of razzak. Saqlain stats are impressive especially his ODI stats at 21. His appointment will be beneficial for the spin department particualry as he is known for trying out alot of variations and having mastered and introduced the doosra. If bdesh spin bowlers add more variation the better and their offspinners need to add the doosra in to their armoury. One or both of Nasir and Mahmudullah need to learn the doosra.

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2012, 12:46 GMT

    Great initiative from BCB. Bangladesh have their strength on Spin and BCB is looking to make it stronger. Our spinners struggle when it comes to variation and what could be a better option than Saqlain to bring more variations to the spinners? I would like Saqlain to be given an opportunity to work for more time with Bangladeshi spinners.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 12, 2012, 11:54 GMT

    If you read this article properly the spin legend Saqlain Mushstaq will only be doing this for about 3 months so either way, its a good chance for those Bangladeshi spinners to learn a lot from him.

  • POSTED BY EnglishCricket on | July 12, 2012, 11:52 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover - Dude you need to READ PROPERLY that Shamim guy did not say that they're better bowlers than Mushstaq rather what he said that by the time those Bangladeshi players retire, they would've done more than what Mushstaq has done which is quite possible considering how old they are so don't give false assumptions without reading properly.

  • POSTED BY RK204 on | July 12, 2012, 7:47 GMT

    now pls make some fast track to produce some good fast bowler..

  • POSTED BY WickyRoy.paklover on | July 12, 2012, 7:06 GMT

    @Shamim,shakib pls razaq beter than saqlain? O' realy? Check out saqlain's stats,he z clas above murali,warne in odis,statisticaly he z beter than mcgrath,wasim,waqar,donald and othr legends.I Guess razaq z nt cmparable to rehman,forget saqlain.Had saqlain nt sufrd 4rm injury,he would have been there at par with murali,warne in tests,bt then agains,its ifs n buts can't guarante any thng to anybdy.

  • POSTED BY Fast_Track_Bully on | July 12, 2012, 7:03 GMT

    Saqlain was the coach of some Australian/NZ players. But I cann't see any specialty in those spinners! Vettory is a good spinner even before his coaching and I donot think he improved because of Saqlain!

  • POSTED BY ambocud on | July 12, 2012, 6:17 GMT

    @legaleagle i don't understand why u always think sooo much about bd cricket...?!are u nervous or scared about our cricket..?then try 2 cope with it...!coz u will have 2 face lots of problems as our cricker is going in a higher label DAY BY DAY...!

  • POSTED BY on | July 12, 2012, 4:33 GMT

    He is the same age as Ajmal. Its hard to believe he has been out of the team for over 7 years.

  • POSTED BY Shamim_araf on | July 12, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    @legaleagle _who u are to say that BD team has lack of talent!???After retirement of Shakib,Tamim,Mushfiqur,Razzak,Mashrafee they will be great player & specially Shakib & Razzak(if they can play current form till retirement) will be more than Saqline has done....

  • POSTED BY sfarazi on | July 12, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    A good initiative taken by BCB and hopefully we'll get someone appointed to develop our fast bowlers because that's a dept that Bangladesh need to improve in if they want to rise up in the ranks. Not long before we become the best team in the world!

  • POSTED BY joynal693 on | July 12, 2012, 2:09 GMT

    Saqlain is such a bowler who usually bowled at death overs. This is a another appreciating decision by BCB to appoint a great spinner who could help the BD's spin department which is already world class.

  • POSTED BY FOTO on | July 11, 2012, 23:17 GMT

    Now all we need is better fast bowling. Does anyone know a good fast bowler coach other than a Pakastani Cause Pakastani's are rare to get especially Wasim Akram.. A West Indian perhaps would be a good idea or an Australian if Brett Lee retires.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | July 11, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Not even Saqlain Mushtaq can help Bangladesh!! They need to find talented players first, and then a player of Saqlain's caliber can hone them into an international standard player. Bangladesh LACKS talent and good players. Saqlian is great, hope he doesn't get exhausted soon with lack of talent in Bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY JBerger on | July 11, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    @ Owais Kashif: Saqlain has bad knees, else he would have been playing at least county cricket.

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on | July 11, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    great move to bring Saqlain; also Richard McInnes coming to BD; Shakib was first mentored by McInnes, brilliant move to bring him again

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    We want him permanently to be Bangladeshi Cricket Team's bowling coach ..

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | July 11, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Great news!! Saqlain has so much potential and I'm sure his contribution would add value to already superior BD's spin attack.

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | July 11, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I want PCB to open a acdemy in lahore or islamabad with the name of DOSRA and get young spin talent trained there by the likes of saqlain and ajmal and qadar for future. PCB should also open a new acedemy for fast bowlers with the name of 2W,s or reverse swing to train fast bowling talent of pakistan by likes of wasim and waqar... anyways good decesions for bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | July 11, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Smart move by BCB. Saqlain is the best out there when he is not bowling!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Its a great move by BCB. BCB chose the right person as a spin coach. Saqlain was a great spinner in modern cricket world. I think that BCB should try to get two great "W" Wasim and Waqar for training the Bangladeshi fast bowler, if those "W" agree.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    why did saqlain leave playing cricket? he iz still 35... and he hasnt played any cricket since 4 years

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    this is great news for bd cricket.saqlain was a world class bowler an hope he will help our many spin bowlers to perform to the best of their ability.this truely is a great opp for bd spinners to learn from 1 of the all time greats of spin bowler.best wishes to all corncerned.

  • POSTED BY wrenx on | July 11, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Excellent to see a gifted spinner passing on his skills to the next generation. Spinners in recent times have been ok, but I'm looking forward to seeing where the next Saqlain will come from

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  • POSTED BY wrenx on | July 11, 2012, 14:37 GMT

    Excellent to see a gifted spinner passing on his skills to the next generation. Spinners in recent times have been ok, but I'm looking forward to seeing where the next Saqlain will come from

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 15:07 GMT

    this is great news for bd cricket.saqlain was a world class bowler an hope he will help our many spin bowlers to perform to the best of their ability.this truely is a great opp for bd spinners to learn from 1 of the all time greats of spin bowler.best wishes to all corncerned.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    why did saqlain leave playing cricket? he iz still 35... and he hasnt played any cricket since 4 years

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 15:39 GMT

    Its a great move by BCB. BCB chose the right person as a spin coach. Saqlain was a great spinner in modern cricket world. I think that BCB should try to get two great "W" Wasim and Waqar for training the Bangladeshi fast bowler, if those "W" agree.

  • POSTED BY LeftBrain on | July 11, 2012, 16:11 GMT

    Smart move by BCB. Saqlain is the best out there when he is not bowling!!!!

  • POSTED BY Syed_imran_abbas on | July 11, 2012, 16:31 GMT

    I want PCB to open a acdemy in lahore or islamabad with the name of DOSRA and get young spin talent trained there by the likes of saqlain and ajmal and qadar for future. PCB should also open a new acedemy for fast bowlers with the name of 2W,s or reverse swing to train fast bowling talent of pakistan by likes of wasim and waqar... anyways good decesions for bangladesh.

  • POSTED BY fr600 on | July 11, 2012, 16:42 GMT

    Great news!! Saqlain has so much potential and I'm sure his contribution would add value to already superior BD's spin attack.

  • POSTED BY on | July 11, 2012, 18:28 GMT

    We want him permanently to be Bangladeshi Cricket Team's bowling coach ..

  • POSTED BY Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on | July 11, 2012, 19:26 GMT

    great move to bring Saqlain; also Richard McInnes coming to BD; Shakib was first mentored by McInnes, brilliant move to bring him again

  • POSTED BY JBerger on | July 11, 2012, 19:34 GMT

    @ Owais Kashif: Saqlain has bad knees, else he would have been playing at least county cricket.