Bangladesh news July 11, 2012

Saqlain offered post of Bangladesh spin-bowling consultant


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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  • roket 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.

  • Javed 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.

  • Muhtasim 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

  • RAHUL 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!

  • Bored on July 14, 2012, 12:51 GMT

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

  • Joe on July 14, 2012, 11:55 GMT

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

  • roket 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.

  • roket 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.....

  • Love on July 13, 2012, 12:59 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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.

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