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Hooper in the mix for Bangladesh coaching role

Mohammad Isam and George Dobell

January 14, 2013

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ICC Champions Trophy, Kenya v West Indies, 17th September 2002, Colombo
Carl Hooper hasn't had a major coaching assignment since retiring in 2003 Paul McGregor / © ESPNcricinfo Ltd

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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Posted by AzAb12754 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

Posted by AzAb12754 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

Posted by AzAb12754 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

Posted by mtalhas on (January 17, 2013, 15:59 GMT)

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

Posted by joema 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 !

Posted by Crikoot 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!

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam 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.

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (January 16, 2013, 1:48 GMT)

Carl Hooper Will Be The BEST !!!

Posted by Warm_Coffee 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.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed 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.

Posted by   on (January 15, 2013, 11:50 GMT)

i think mohsin khan from pakistan will be great . he have experience in coaching experience.i like to see saqlin as a spin bowling ans wasim as a first bowling coach

Posted by MasumKhan on (January 15, 2013, 10:48 GMT)

Bangladeshi players has lot of talents but they lack application and commitment . In last 13 years we have seen number of high profile coaches but with very little results. The main reason is the reluctance of the players to learn. They give little importance to the coach. They some times pretend to know more than the coach. Unless they players change their mindset bringing another high profile coach will bring no results or improvement.

Posted by Porky_PigTheToon on (January 15, 2013, 9:56 GMT)

I think, BD should go for Sourav Gangully. He spekas Bengali too; So it will be easy for BD Cricketers to mix up with him.

Posted by anver777 on (January 15, 2013, 8:05 GMT)

Nice to see veteran Hooper's return to cricketing arena after some time.....

Posted by hotcric01 on (January 15, 2013, 5:54 GMT)

There are too little opportunities for Bangladesh in international cricket.ICC should consider this matter and they should be given more opportunities to play with top nations in various conditions and should be given more overseas tours.Unless they play more with high quality teams,their standards won't be improve.Their first class cricket also hasn't a quality infrastructure and is not competitive enough.Their good players should be given chances to play first class cricket in countries like England,Australia or SA to improve their standards.Coach is not a big matter here. However they need a good fast bowling coach.

Posted by Cvic on (January 15, 2013, 5:47 GMT)

I think Chandika Hathurusinghe will be a good option. When He was Sri Lanka A coach he was able to pump confidant young players to national team. And he was acting coach of Sri Lanka team and Now he is acting coach of New South Wales. I think person with his caliber will be ideal for a team which looking for constant performance.

Posted by kkk999 on (January 15, 2013, 5:42 GMT)

bangaldesh should appoint a coach on basis of experience in international coaching... carl hooper has never been a internatrional countries coach .so it will not be wise to appoint him...either they should appoint a coach from pakistan.. if thats not possible they should sign craig mcdermott...

Posted by lesslowe on (January 15, 2013, 4:04 GMT)

Carl Hooper would be a disaster.

Posted by mahfuz_uiu on (January 15, 2013, 4:01 GMT)

I think Carl Hooper is best choice and also get back Saqlain Mustaq as a spin bowling coach.

Posted by Quddus-Mamu on (January 15, 2013, 3:42 GMT)

I like to see Jimmy Siddons back as a batting coach and Craig McDermott as fast bowling coach. We don't need a head coach, they can all work together. And off course Saqlain Mushtaq as spin bowling coach.

Posted by creekeetman on (January 15, 2013, 2:48 GMT)

not sure who to label as more desperate... hooper or bangladesh.

Posted by wbyeats on (January 15, 2013, 1:05 GMT)

Why do BD need a coach? Are they still playing international cricket? I am sorry but I have not seen them achieve anything....

Posted by fr600 on (January 15, 2013, 0:55 GMT)

BD should get someone who is a legendary fast bowler, atleast as a bowling coach. Fast bowling is one department that needs significant improvement.

Posted by FOTO on (January 14, 2013, 23:43 GMT)

Get Siddons in... He has no family problem what so ever

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (January 14, 2013, 23:26 GMT)

Bangladesh should get back Saqlain Mushtaq as spin bowling coach. Any legendary aussie/south african/english/pakistan pace bowling coach. This WI guy looks good, his playing career also is astounding.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 23:10 GMT)

Why do BCB need coach? There international cricket anyways going to be finish in next year or two. They just need better domestic structure to improve their cricket and then comeback with good coaches in internal cricket. See the history, BCB spent $$$$$$ millions on coaches but still in last 10-15 years they only produced few good cricketers.. They have to focus on their domestic before even spending on their national team.

Posted by tushar35 on (January 14, 2013, 22:32 GMT)

@ Albert_cambell and all the Paki's who supported him, are suffering from shortness of memorization and mental disorder, have some vitamins in regular basis to sharpen your memories and mental health. Grow up people. Find that Cooper guy and make your coach. Make sure you schedule an appointment with your doctor asap. Stop talking rubbish. Know cricket and cricketers first, then talk.

Posted by nabeel89 on (January 14, 2013, 21:44 GMT)

@reyme: i don't understand the logic in your arguments at all. yes you may have beaten Pakistan in U19 WC. you had beaten Australia a few years back, you have beaten India and Sri Lanka in the Asia cup and you had beaten Pakistan in 1999 WC. still where is the BD team? just accept the facts dude? and you don't hear any Pakistani complaining when BD fans are there chastising and what not even though they can't really talk? lmao! would have should have could have. it's cricket mate! things happen. if everyone start moaning and whining about bad umpiring or whatever reasons you're moaning about then don't know how many results would change. and as far as ball tampering is concerned, England used to moan about the same thing until their own bowlers started to reverse swing! Adios!

Posted by Kashif.Anwar on (January 14, 2013, 21:13 GMT)

Bangladesh should get coaches from India or Pakistan. People in these countries think alike and knows each other,s psychy. I would recommend ppl like Mushtaq Ahmed, Javed Miandad and Aqib Javed (Awesome bowling coach).

Posted by IAS2009 on (January 14, 2013, 21:09 GMT)

reyme, BD team is best team in the world, and Pakistan is worst one if that makes you happy, but last time i checked BD have very long list of losses vs wins against any team, if you look at where SL was 10 years after they receive the test status and where BD is at same point will tell you the story. if you don't acknowledge the problem it is hard to fix it, if only coaching would fix the problem no team will be bad team, talent come first and coaching second. to groom talent the domestic cricket plays and talent find make huge difference. Pakistan's domestic cricket is one of the poorest but it has lot of talent even with all the corruption at every level there is good talent comes at top. No one try to mock BD but at some point of time the record speaks for it self. it is so bad Mushiq ran out of excuses after losses for same reason. your one example of BD team against pakistan is full of excuses, every team has one one they loose would've and could've goes both ways.

Posted by Bang_La on (January 14, 2013, 20:53 GMT)

I vote for Greatbatch. Remember how he showed the bravery while he played? And it was under HIS leadership NZ rose as an international team.

Posted by HawksEyeFocused on (January 14, 2013, 20:39 GMT)

Better BD should concentrate on playing domestic cricket for 10-15 years so that they may be able to start playing T20 and then after some 10 years they should consider playing ODI only!!! I don't think they can ever be able to play tests!!!

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 20:09 GMT)

I would like to see S.Jurgensen as our Head coach with J.Siddons back as our batting coach and also Saqlain as our spin bowing coach. Just hire a new fielding coach. Craig McDermott could take charge as our A team head coach as well as national team fast bowling coach.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 14, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

@Albert-campbell; whats the matter with you? everytime you are there when a news article on BD cricket is published and leave derogatory comment. why? actually its not your fault i guess,its your mental sickness.people like you are never meant to be changed.

Posted by reyme on (January 14, 2013, 19:31 GMT)

@ IAS2009: What coachable talent? BD has more talent than PAK at this very moment. BD just beat PAK in U19 WC in Australia just few months ago! Thats a fact. If it was not for bad umpiring, ball tempering, and getting BD wickets from dropped catch by Rashid Latif, BD would have beat PAK in Multan in Test long time ago!

Posted by reyme on (January 14, 2013, 19:23 GMT)

Pak Fans: This is a BD article. Dont ruin the comment section with your useless thoughts and make yourselves a laughing stock. Your current coaches used to work as BD coaches. BCB needs to find good set of coaches during this international break. We need new coaches in all 3 depts. I want to see Pont, Julien and Mick Newell. Thats should be a great combo.

Posted by cairo on (January 14, 2013, 19:16 GMT)

want a home coach. better for team.

Posted by IAS2009 on (January 14, 2013, 19:12 GMT)

BD need to find coachable talent before hiring coach. their players have been making same mistakes for last 10 years and they have very good coaches in those 10 years. i don't expect BD team to be good in test matches any time soon but they should be good team in t20 and ODI. the key is to find coachable talent and give them enough time. people who do not progress and play according to plan boot them out, this is only way to change the culture in team.

Posted by bohurupi on (January 14, 2013, 18:51 GMT)

Foreign coaches (excepting from the subcontinent) won't last long in Bangladesh, because of a number of factors, including all kinds of hostile conditions, cultural shock, officials' attitudinal issues, political interference etc. etc. it will be best to groom their own coaches, who should at least have no problems adapting and adjusting to their own conditions. In this way Bangladesh may not have the best of the independent coaches at their disposal, but at least they would propose a relatively longer expiry date.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 18:01 GMT)

Dada will be the worst possible choice. He is arrgant; too pompous and too full of himself. Outsiders tend to be more professional; we haven't had much luck with Pakistani coaches, so why bother? Wasim Akram is too busy with his Indian assignments to be interested. Try a shada professional instead. They will stick around for maybe two years and then leave. Then bring another. The long absence from their families, the very alien Bangladeshi environment eventually gets to the foreign coaches and then they want to leave. That's normal and is to be expected.

Posted by Sachit1979 on (January 14, 2013, 17:47 GMT)

Carl Hooper is best choice in every sense. A great batsman, very disciplined bowler and a thoughtful captain of his time. He knows all the tricks of the game thus he could help Bangla Cricket to move in right direction. McDermott's or Greatbatch's credentials may not suit that well of Bangladesh infrastructure of Cricket.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 17:41 GMT)

why does bangladesh keep changing coaches so often ?

Posted by Rally_Windies on (January 14, 2013, 17:40 GMT)

Hooper ? Really ? I am very surprised ! ! !

Guyana is VERY "polarized", and Hooper has been a noted source of "polarization" as opposed to "unity" of the "people" in Guyana ......

Hooper coaching Bangladesh would be VERY interesting indeed ......

and honestly , Bangladeshi batsmen don't really need Hooper's sort of mentoring .. Hooper is famous for looking like a 100 every time he steps out, and then doing something stupid and getting out for 30.

Posted by mashiulalam on (January 14, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

Carl Hooper may not be best choice. Many of you have different opition but here is my choices for Bowling : 1. Craig McDormott 2. Wasim Akram (Bowling) 3. Shane Warne 4. Saqlain and Batting: 1. Wasim Akram 2. Mark Greatbatch 3. Mark Taylor.

@ Ak47_pk ....grow up. About talent ... BD has better tanlents side than Pak at this point.

Posted by kryon on (January 14, 2013, 17:29 GMT)

the current coach interim shane jurgenson is doing a pretty fine job.I think BCB should appoint him as head coach.or no coach at this moment

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 17:24 GMT)

We need great guardian for a long time for batting, fielding and bowling. In this situation we are going make a great cricket stage and developing our skills regularly so I hope for a long time we need a great coach as a guardian for our cricket.

Posted by The_Ashes on (January 14, 2013, 17:17 GMT)

Keep everything how it is, all we need is a batting coach. Shane is fine as our interim coach. No coach in the world can do wonders.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 17:06 GMT)

Why not habibul bashar or mohammed rafique

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 17:01 GMT)

No asian coach please. specially not from india and pakistan as main coach. but i respect saqlain, wasim akram.

Posted by BD_CricFan on (January 14, 2013, 16:50 GMT)

"Dada" will not be a good fit at all! someone from the subcontinent is definitely more suitable for Bangladesh coaching position, from the perspective of being able to communicate with the players, motivate them and sticking around for the long term. Maybe someone like Mohsin Khan.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (January 14, 2013, 16:48 GMT)

SarfBD couldnt agree more lol

Posted by getsetgopk on (January 14, 2013, 16:45 GMT)

@Albert_cambell: cooper haha, highly original stuff man but true. @Pak_alldway: not bad bro LOL

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 16:35 GMT)

@tanstell87...There's been talk about that a while back and you're right, Dada will make a good coach considering he knows Bengali and its whole culture and can therefore interact with every Bangladesh player fluently. Wouldn't mind having him but it looks very unlikely.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 14, 2013, 16:25 GMT)

@Pak: Another Bad Joke! this is a Bangladesh article not a Pakistan article my friend.

Posted by tanstell87 on (January 14, 2013, 16:24 GMT)

Indian fan here...i would suggest BD to acquire Dada as a coach,,,India are not using him & i am sure BD will reap rich benefits if Dada becomes their coach.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 16:19 GMT)

Hooper is definitely not a right choice, I agree with most that there's no need to change everything around. Shane should keep that role and just need to find a batting coach and I know who I would want to have that role.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 14, 2013, 16:09 GMT)

Some people are here to put their 'bare-of-value' comments on our selection of coaches. U are Nothing more of a .....

Posted by SarfBD on (January 14, 2013, 16:03 GMT)

@Pak_alldway, from your name I assume you are a Pak fan. Then let me remind you, Mr. Dave Whatmore and Mr. Julien Fountain were BD coaches before they took over their present assignment. Why did you appointed someone who forgot cricket after coaching Bangladesh? Because you couldn't convince others that your country is safe enough?

Posted by gudolerhum on (January 14, 2013, 15:55 GMT)

I would respectfully suggest that Carl Hooper, one of the most disappointing under-achievers the WI has ever produced is NOT the person to motivate or coach any team to success. Not even a ladies 2nd Xl. I think Greatbatch or McDermott would be far better suited.

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 14, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

During Tamim stint with Wellington, he said that Jamie wants to be Bangladesh batting coach and since most of our fans plus players want him back, would be the wisest thing to do. That way, Shane can be our full time coach and Jamie can be our batting coach. I'm sure Jamie will teach Anamul on to correct some his mistakes i.e. footwork.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 15:40 GMT)

I think its time to bring J Siddons back. He was running the team well.

Posted by Baundele on (January 14, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

How about Javed Miandad? ;)

Posted by SarfBD on (January 14, 2013, 15:34 GMT)

Shane is doing a good job. Let him be the head coach. Find a good batting coach and if possible keep Saqlain Mushtaq. I agree with ExtremeSpeed. Jemmie should be our batting coach. He did a fantastic job with our batsmen and has a great feeling for them...

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (January 14, 2013, 15:33 GMT)

I agree with Mr.Extreme, there' no need for Bangladesh to have a coach and we are doing okay with the staff we have. Its all about team ethic players, staff etc and our players look really happy off the field especially when they are training. Hiring a coach could bring Bangladesh back down again, in fact a coach doesn't guarantee you success.

Posted by BOND_OO7 on (January 14, 2013, 15:29 GMT)

BCB should take its time to find a hi -profile coach

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

I would love Craig McDermott. Bangladesh needs their fast bowlers to improve. And McDermott might be just the person to help do so.

Re: Albert_cambell: Trolling much?

Posted by ariful_hstu07 on (January 14, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

Coach: shane J. Batting coach: sidons Bowling coach: saqlain

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 15:25 GMT)

My oppinion, HOOPER can be a good choice .

Albert_cambell@ its not cooper but HOOPER,know the name first OKAY ? and also Dave whatmore,Julian Fountain got more criccet knowledge and joined Pakistan after BD gave them chance to coach. Stuart Law got job with Australian Academy, Jemmie Siddons in Welington etc. So be logical.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 15:22 GMT)

I also think that Bangladesh should look for a batting coach or a batsmen as head coach.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 15:15 GMT)

Don't think Craig will be coming in, if we were to keep a bowling coach as our head coach, Shane is already there or Ian Pont would be leading the race. Hooper will be good though.

Posted by ExtremeSpeed on (January 14, 2013, 14:54 GMT)

No! No! No!, lets just keep it how it is and let the role stay with Shane.J, we won the West Indies series with him anyway so no need to search for a coach. Bangladesh fans should have their say in this. All we need is a batting coach and will be very happy if its Jamie.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

AS bd's strength is spin bowlin saqlain is the best man for the bowling coach...i just think we actually need a coach from subcontinent who has experience in coaching hav good cricketing sense who has the leadership quality..i dont think hooper mcdermott will be successful here..i wish mike hussy was available..

Posted by British_North_America on (January 14, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Albert_cambell ,Is it because Bangladesh beat West Indies 3-2?

Posted by AzAb12754 on (January 14, 2013, 14:51 GMT)

Please bring back Jamie Siddons or at least a batting coach, he cares so much about Bangladesh Cricket.

Posted by   on (January 14, 2013, 14:46 GMT)

I think Mohsin Khan from Pakistan or Kapil Dev from India should be considered. In my estimation Mohsin was the unsung hero of Pakistan who didn't get the deserved the credit for being exceptional with the players he simply adored them and he was a great tactician. Kapil is also a winner and just like Mohsin a caring and passionate individual who loves and breaths cricket and would be great to coach anywhere in subcontinent. Mohsin and Kapil have sufficient experience and knowhow to handle the challenge of modern game and its requirements.

Posted by Albert_cambell on (January 14, 2013, 14:44 GMT)

Cooper will forget cricket after coaching bangladesh team.

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