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October 19, 2012
Richard Pybus has been given time till October 24 to decide if he wants to continue as the Bangladesh coach for the forthcoming West Indies series. The Bangladesh Cricket Board has written to him, the outgoing chief Mustafa Kamal said on his last day at the board headquarters.
"The BCB will write to him officially to come before our West Indies series. If he doesn't decide to come then we will take a decision based on his action," Kamal said, flanked by Nazmul Hassan, the man succeeding him as the BCB president, after a five-hour meeting on Friday. Kamal had to chair the meeting as issues such as the one concerning Pybus and the Bangladesh Premier League franchises' non-payment remain unresolved. Kamal, however, said that both issues will be tackled in the October 24 meeting, which he will also attend.
"We will have another meeting on October 24. There have been family issues with Pybus. He hasn't been able to convince his family to come here. We can't agree to his demands. We can't give him long leaves just for him to meet his family abroad. He is a professional coach, but we can't make this provision for him.
"If he doesn't come then we'll have to appoint someone else. I don't think it'll be a good idea to appoint Richard McInnes as it will disturb the development aspect of the BCB," Kamal said, contradicting his earlier statement that the Australian could be appointed on a short-term basis.
The other urgent issue for the BCB is the continuous failure of the BPL franchises to complete payments to all players who took part in the Twenty20 competition. It was announced earlier that teams who do not complete payments will be re-auctioned on November 7, but there are 54 cricketers who have remained unpaid including six overseas ones. The board will review the teams' payment details in its next meeting, Kamal said, which will be four days after the deadline of October 20.
"We have asked the franchises to make themselves updated in all areas. They should complete all the payments. We gave them a date till October 20, to complete all their payments, foreign or local.
"If they don't, then we will take a decision on October 24 regarding BCB's relationship with these teams. We won't want the BPL's value to be diluted, this is a cricket board's property and we want this to run properly."
Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in BangladeshFeeds: Mohammad Isam
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