Bangladesh news February 9, 2013

Jurgensen becomes full-time Bangladesh coach

Shane Jurgensen, the 36-year-old Australian, will continue as Bangladesh's head coach for the rest of the year. He was the side's interim coach in their previous international series, against West Indies in which the home side won the ODI series 3-2.

The decision was taken by the board's cricket operations committee during a meeting on Saturday. His 11-month appointment will be formalised once the Bangladesh board approves it next week. Several other coaching appointments are likely over the next week.

"Shane Jurgensen was the most suitable candidate among those who had applied for the position," BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus said. "The cricket operations committee will recommend his appointment till December 31 this year."

Jurgensen first became part of the Bangladesh coaching set-up in October 2011, taking charge of the bowling, and took over as interim head coach after Richard Pybus quit last October. Bangladesh have been struggling to find a coach for the long term after Jamie Siddon's four-year tenure ended soon after the 2011 World Cup. Stuart Law was in the job for less than a year, and Pybus lasted only four months.

Jurgensen was New Zealand's bowling coach between 2008 and 2010 and had also recently been a coach on New Zealand Cricket's high performance programme. He has coached for nearly 15 years at a number of different levels since his first trip to the United Kingdom with Horsham Cricket Club at the age of 21.

Stuart Karppinen, the trainer at BCB's National Cricket Academy, will take over as the national team's trainer during the tour to Sri Lanka next month. The positions of batting and fielding coach are still being negotiated, and the Bangladesh board are looking to name a local as the assistant coach.

"Stuart Karpinnen will be our trainer for Sri Lanka, I won't mention names but we have lined up candidates for two specialist positions," Yunus said. "The batting coach is someone from the UK and the fielding coach will be Australian.

"We will negotiate with them, and possibly try to bring them before the Sri Lanka series. If we don't get the specialist positions from our list, we will take local coaches to Sri Lanka.

"We wanted a local assistant coach, for which four former national players have shown interest. We will advertise for the position so that others can apply."

Saqlain Mushtaq is also set to return as spin bowling consultant though he wants to do the job for 100 days in a year.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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