Bangladesh news October 24, 2012

Jurgensen is interim Bangladesh coach


Shane Jurgensen has been made the interim Bangladesh coach for next month's series against West Indies, the BCB announced on Wednesday. The bowling coach will take over the position vacated by Richard Pybus who notified the board of his unwillingness to continue over differences with the board pertaining to his contract and alleged interference in team matters. The board has refuted Pybus' allegations and has asked its head of cricket operations for a detailed clarification statement by November 1.

"Richard Pybus, through his agent, informed us on Monday that he will not be returning to Bangladesh," Nazmul Hassan said after conducting his first meeting as BCB president. "Bowling coach Shane Jurgensen will take up the responsibility of the head coach for the upcoming West Indies series, but we will advertise for the newly vacant position soon."

Pybus told ESPNcricinfo that he will not be continuing as Bangladesh coach after a major fall-out with the BCB regarding his contract which he ultimately never signed. He also made allegations of interference by board directors as well as being constrained by the board's cricket operations department on issues such as the Bangladesh players' diet, availability of a game-analysis system and the training programme ahead of the series against West Indies.

Hassan said the head of cricket operations, Enayet Hossain Siraj, will prepare a clarification document which will be presented to the board on November 1. "I have seen the Cricinfo interview where he has accused us of many things. We have given Enayet Hossain Siraj the responsibility to prepare a response by November 1. We will address all the allegations he's made. He mentioned a few particular things like bringing meat from Australia. Such things can't be done overnight.

"We also have to consider whether our players will become fit after having such food for 7-10 days and having a different diet for the rest of the year. We want more in-depth information, what his complaints were."

Pybus also spoke of interference from board directors but Jalal Yunus, the BCB media committee chairman, said the former coach had complete control of the team's affairs. "We don't agree [with his accusations of interference]," Yunus said. "He had 100% control and we always lent him a hand in support.

"We just wanted him to come to the country and complete the West Indies series," Yunus said. "We preferred one-on-one negotiation in person rather than through e-mails. We have no grievances against him, but what he had asked for to be in charge of the West Indies series, we couldn't agree on principle."

Hassan said the board will learn from the mistakes made while dealing with Pybus and the next coach will be fully informed of what is expected from him.

"From what I have heard, Pybus was one of the best coaches we have had so far," Hassan said. "Maybe we were too happy about that. But without a written contract, we will face similar problems in the future. I am assuring you such things will not happen.

"We want a full-time coach, not someone who would be with us only during matches and leave whenever there's a break in play. Whoever we hire next, will have to be informed of all this in writing."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Dummy4 on October 26, 2012, 15:51 GMT

    why BCB is for so called high profile coach.if we look back the exceptional good coaches record in world cricket then we see that neither anyone was a big name while they achieved great success. So i will request BCB just left this kind of big head thinking and find someone who is really professional and can be motivator for the team like BD. look at Dev Whatmore,Gary Kirsten, John Right... if the interim coach can make one win in a test match in the coming series then just extend his contact.. that would be a great example for the success.moreover Bd cricket team need a motivator then strong technical coach or big name.

  • Sami on October 25, 2012, 20:52 GMT

    Where's our dear friend Roketman? haven't heard from him for ages. Love to here your views on the current state of Bangladesh's Cricket.

  • Dummy4 on October 25, 2012, 2:28 GMT

    There are two sides to a story. Always. Seems like we heard both sides but it's impossible to know for sure who is exaggerating and who isn't. Which is the reason I think nobody should be in a position to comment or pass personal judgement. Best of luck to Pybus, team Bangladesh will miss you. We wish you good health and all the success in the future. Hope BCB can get a good coach before the coming series, with a clearly written contract - signed.

  • Khizr on October 24, 2012, 21:44 GMT

    Wishing good luck to Bangladesh team and to Pybus. Does Shane Jurgensen has a contract signed with BCB? If not he should get one asap.

  • Sami on October 24, 2012, 18:10 GMT

    This should not affect Bangladesh focus for coming series because they're playing well in their domestic games and preparing well mentally. The senior Bangladesh members are experience now and its all about sticking together as a team and playing to the best of your ability. I don't expect Bangladesh to win the test series against West Indies with or without a coach but I do expect a good contest from you and make it as tough as possible for the Windies.

  • Kaustav on October 24, 2012, 17:24 GMT

    Hire Sourav Ganguly.. he is the man who can get the tigers roar...

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2012, 17:11 GMT

    I knew that was going to happen. He (Pybus) is those type of persons who is never settled to any of his decisions, and he proved that over and over. Shame on Pybus, country like Bangladesh doesn't deserve confused one like you, they need someone who can guide the cricket team like a parent, not like a business man.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on October 24, 2012, 17:09 GMT

    ''bringing meat from Australia''- seems too much funny. Anyway, most of the time BCB shows unprofessional stance. They should've approached a coach who've no problems like family or contract issues. They also should've declared him as coach when he would agree with all the terms of conditions. It's very unprofessional 4m BCB & to some extent 4m Pybus too. I'm not sure whether BCB will learn 4m mistakes or not. Now BD should find someone 4m Asia or Australia.

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2012, 15:53 GMT

    Bringing Meat for AU - Is that what Pybus was annoyed about!!! - Is this a joke... Utter nonsense statement

  • Dummy4 on October 24, 2012, 15:38 GMT

    Please try to hire experienced Trevor Bayliss or Tim Coyle either new face in coaching arena Darren Lehmann if they agreed to stay for 2 years atleast with full time.

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