Bangladesh news October 23, 2012

Pybus to quit as Bangladesh coach


Richard Pybus has confirmed he will not continue as Bangladesh coach because he feels the terms of his contract and the interference from administration made his position untenable. Pybus had been in the job for about four months, and presided over only the lead up to the World Twenty20 and the tournament itself.

In an interview to ESPNcricinfo, Pybus outlined the reasons for his decision, the root cause being the difference between the terms he agreed with the BCB and the terms that were in the actual contract. Pybus said the BCB wanted him to spend 320 days a year with the Bangladesh team, a commitment he was not ready to make because of family reasons.

The BCB media committee chairman, Jalal Yunus, told ESPNcricinfo that he would only comment on Pybus' claims after a scheduled board meeting, which began at noon in Mirpur.

"The board approached me earlier this year on three occasions to become head coach. I turned them down twice, as I couldn't commit to the amount of time they wanted me to be with the team and in Bangladesh, which was 320 days a year," Pybus said. "I explained that I had family responsibilities that stop me from being away for this amount of time. The third time they approached me, I explained again, in detail, what the issues were.

"I said I could prepare the team in camps, tour with them and be there for all series, but I needed to get home between tours for my family. If they were happy with that, then I could do the job for them. That was when they agreed that I would be able to go home between tours. Their agreement was never made explicit in the contract they presented to me in Dhaka so I refused to sign it. That is the heart of the matter."

Pybus was also upset by how details of his contract with the BCB were revealed to the Bangladesh media. "I got on with the coaching [without a contract] but when details of my contract where leaked to the media and discussed in the public domain, I felt the BCB had made their position clear," he said. "They fundamentally undermined the principles of confidentiality and they went back on their word … They took a confidential contract discussion into the public domain and proceeded to give press statements on it, breaching the privacy and confidentiality expected in contract discussions."

Pybus returned to South Africa after the World Twenty20, in which Bangladesh were knocked out in the first round, and had been in talks to iron out issues with the BCB. Despite numerous emails sent between the two parties, they could not reach consensus.

An additional reason for his decision to quit, Pybus said, was the lack of support he received from the board when he wanted to make certain changes and supplement his coaching with additional information. "I asked for the mandate of authority and responsibility to run the national side without interference from board directors and was given that assurance by board president [Mustafa] Kamal. In reality that was never the case," Pybus said. "My position was undermined consistently by interference from the board, some of whom were not only obstructive, but seemed to be completely ignorant of cricket.

"I couldn't even get the board to sign off on providing healthy sandwiches for the players after training. Players were going down with food poisoning during camps, so I wanted to offer them something better than a fried egg sandwich. I was told I couldn't, because that was all the budget could afford."

During Pybus' tenure, Bangladesh played a series of unofficial matches in Zimbabwe and Trinidad, and won a three-match Twenty20 series against Ireland. They also lost to Scotland, won and lost against Netherlands, and crashed out of the World Twenty20 by losing to New Zealand and Pakistan in the first round.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2012, 13:25 GMT

    @Infrared...Cheers mate! At least you can see the real picture don't understand what's wrong with some people they just need to admit the truth instead of hiding it. Timeless Test is actually the real form of Cricket not 5 day Cricket where most results actually ends up in draws what a waste haha..with timeless tests, it would've even more difficult to get batsman out that's why fans of any sport I should say should read the history of these wonderful sports so they can understand what the game is about.

  • Shipu on October 25, 2012, 10:03 GMT

    I thought politics behind our Indian team was bad enough but it looks to me that Bangladesh board has problematic people behind the scenes. For a team that is struggling in Cricket this is the last thing you guys need. Hope you succeed in finding a proper coach.

  • Shipu on October 25, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    I don't know what planet you're living on Legaleagle but your comment was funny. Test Cricket may have survived but so has Golf, Football, Baseball, America Football, Snooker and who knows what else? that's a bit flawed. Ahmed makes a critical but true point that nobody seems interested in watching Test Cricket even shamefully our Indian fans do not even have a clue the importance of Test Cricket let along jamming into stadiums to watch Test Cricket. It may be an important version of the game but an unpopular one.

  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    @Legaleagle...Hello the guy that once said Afridi is better than Shakib is all I need to hear from someone actually these are facts about test Cricket may be the pinnacle form of game but most people do not really like it old fashion I should say big round hats dressed in whites game mainly of boredom for mainly unemployed or retired cheers :)

  • Babaji on October 25, 2012, 1:33 GMT

    @ Ahmed Hussain- this seems like a case of sour grapes: Because Bangladesh is not performing in Test cricket so now it is hated by most people. Your argument doesn't hold water because even today test cricket is the 'real' test of cricketing skills and application.

    Let me remind you that when one day cricket started, people started talking about the most likely demise of test cricket. Its been more than 3 decades, its still going strong. Rather than getting defensive, I think its in Bangladesh cricket's to nurture talent, develop a sustainable domestic circuit, and then perform at the highest stage at the test level.

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2012, 19:11 GMT

    @OzWally...What's population got to do with it? India has a billion people well actually 1.2 and even if you combine Bangladesh, Pakistan and all the other full members including the top 6 associates, that's still nowhere near India :)

  • Jonny on October 24, 2012, 18:56 GMT

    Its actually true Bangladesh are evolving in Cricket and they're not the team they were when they first got full status and performances show that. If only they get off-field things right and sort out problems like pace bowling then its clear they'll improve a great deal. But issues like this page mentions, will just drag your team back.

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2012, 18:49 GMT

    @WickyRoy.paklover...What kind of question is that? we all know the answer to that please :)))

  • Sami on October 24, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    @OzWally - I agree Ireland deserve what they require and be part of the elite but are they even doing enough besides on field performances? I mean in order to play Test Cricket you first need to have a first class structure and so far sorry to say, I haven't heard of any news Ireland will be doing that anytime soon. ICC are not silly they know everything about Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Ireland etc Cricket and if a team like Bangladesh like some of you fans claim are getting worse or something, ICC for sure would've taken action but they don't because they know Bangladesh have passionate fans in big numbers, they know they are producing for once some good Cricketers and doing extremely well in their youth systems and so on. About test Cricket I think test Cricket as a whole is already a problem the question is that does anyone seem interested in even watching it? :D

  • Anthony on October 24, 2012, 18:03 GMT

    @Ahmed Hussain - in answer to your points. Just because either BD isn't good at it or India can't fill a stadium doesn't mean Test cricket is irrelevant - it is still the ultimate measure of the best in cricket. And the "we're young just wait" comment we've been hearing for years (read ALL of my post) - If they truly were consistently building a strong team there wouldn't be room in the team for teenagers - look how long it takes to break into any of the top team's XI, teenagers are few and far between. Finally, comparing BD (pop. 150 mil) to New Zealand (pop. 4 mil) & WI (pop. 39 mil) - I'd take what those two have done any day of the week. And my math is just fine, thanks for asking.

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