Bangladesh news January 14, 2013

Hooper in the mix for Bangladesh coaching role


The Bangladesh Cricket Board has accelerated its hunt for the next head coach even before the January 25 deadline for receiving applications, with the former West Indies captain Carl Hooper in the mix. The BCB is looking to fill the position before the tour of Sri Lanka in March.

"We have sent out an advertisement seeking a coach and that (deadline) ends on January 25, but we are also looking elsewhere," Jalal Yunus, the BCB media committee chairman, told ESPNcricinfo. "We know that Carl Hooper is interested in taking the job."

After retiring from international cricket in 2003, Hooper hasn't had a major international coaching job. Two years ago, he was the batting coach of the Sagicor High Performance Centre in Barbados.

The former Australia fast bowler Craig McDermott is also vying for the position. "Mark Greatbatch (former New Zealand batsman), who had applied when we last looked for a coach, is still interested, as is Craig McDermott," Yunus said.

McDermott is currently Ireland's bowling coach and was understood to have been shortlisted for the role of Somerset coach that was eventually taken by Dave Nosworthy. McDermott had also served as Australia's bowling coach before quitting last May. ESPNcricinfo understands that Mick Newell, Nottinghamshire's director of cricket, remains interested in an international coaching position if the terms are appropriate. He had earlier pulled out of the race after initially showing interest when Bangladesh was looking to replace Stuart Law last year.

Following Richard Pybus' resignation in October, Shane Jurgensen, the bowling coach, took over as the interim coach during the home series against West Indies, Bangladesh's last international assignment. Yunus said that if the BCB cannot find a suitable replacement ahead of the Sri Lanka tour, they will ask Jurgensen to continue.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. George Dobell is a senior correspondent

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  • Smith on January 17, 2013, 23:28 GMT

    I'm glad fans are worried on Bangladesh Cricket now. our 'passion' will take us everywhere.

    Enjoy this video! say anything you want it will just haunt you like that! its too late to get rid of us Bangladesh will one day become a force in Cricket good luck worried people our fan base is growing everywhere feel so bad good luck! :D

  • Smith on January 17, 2013, 23:16 GMT

    @Joema: I hope you are serious because minnows don't beat India, Sri Lanka and West Indies all in the same year. Ireland better than Bangladesh? some people need to be clear at times and be logical Bangladesh have a 5-2 record over Ireland in 50 over, 3-1 in T20 and 5-0 at under-19 level so how exactly are Ireland better than Bangladesh when these facts show otherwise? in the last 4 official matches, Bangladesh have beaten Ireland so any problems? No not eternity nobody knows the future mate :P

  • Smith on January 17, 2013, 23:15 GMT

    @mtalhas: I hope you are not saying that because you are worried or something, Bangladesh in the past 2 years have beaten England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, West Indies, India etc so I doubt its going to happen mate especially when we have a massive fan base as well so yeah good luck in your dreams. No we won't go back there as Cricket is already a sport played by a few teams but good luck :D

  • Muhammad Talha on January 17, 2013, 15:59 GMT

    Stop searching for a coach. Go back to associate level and stay there pls.

  • joe on January 17, 2013, 14:35 GMT

    Two teams which need to be their test status taken away are New Zealand and Bangladesh. We've seen tons of boring cricket. I think Ireland is way better than Bangladesh !! These guys will remain minnows till eternity !

  • Shahid on January 16, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    To me " has lot of talents" means nothing -- all countries has that. In reality lot of medicores shine over "so called talents" at the end. In coach selection, is there any one in BSB who initiates the conversation with coaches. Looks like Jalal Younus's efforts did not bring in good results in the past! Coaches from Australia,England or South Africa has more technical and methodical knowledge -- they use lot of latest process and analytic tools rather than Desi coaches. Desi coaches strength lies mostly in understanding local players mindset and culture which can help to motivate them. Team work is not in our blood but very critical. Motivation is key to success no matter how talented you are. Again if names like Wasim Akram is in charge of any team - its a huge motivating factor and his advisory role. If Mohsin Khan is good then probably Pakistan would have retained him. Whoever is selected based on all the criteria -- BCB needs to make sure the coach is motivated too!

  • Muhammad Rakibul on January 16, 2013, 4:48 GMT

    Hooper, McDermott, Greatbatch all were high profile cricketers for their National sides. But BCB need a high profile coach having experience of coaching several test nations. Stint with Whatmore tremendously helped BD. He wasn't a national player for Aussie but had the experience of coaching SL. BD need a coach who can help them to play as a unit, will enable them to achieve temperament in TEST matches and teach to win against toughest opponents in away conditions. Only a coach who had coached a top test nation successfully can help BD's cause.

  • Aaquib on January 16, 2013, 1:48 GMT

    Carl Hooper Will Be The BEST !!!

  • Shoaib on January 15, 2013, 22:50 GMT

    No need for a coach I agree it doesn't seem to work for us considering the past coaches we have had far too many. All we need is a batting coach and work and play as a collective unit after all, Cricket is a team sport.

  • Sami on January 15, 2013, 15:44 GMT

    I prefer if Shane can just keep the role, he knows our players inside out and has been in Bangladesh team system for a while now.