Bangladesh news February 9, 2013

Jurgensen sets sights on Sri Lanka success


Shane Jurgensen was pleasantly surprised to learn of the BCB's decision to continue with him as Bangladesh's head coach but knows he has a challenging assignment ahead.

"I have a lot of feelings at the moment," he told ESPNcricinfo. "I am surprised, excited and honoured to be given the responsibility to look after the team. I would like to continue on the recent success against West Indies."

The chief concern for Jurgensen ahead of the Sri Lanka series next month is the bowling, which will have to bear the brunt of the heat and several vastly experienced batsmen. Also, Shakib Al Hasan's availability is under a cloud due to injury. The batting and fielding will also have to be addressed, and all of this has to be done in less than two weeks after the BPL ends on February 19.

The touring party is likely to be selected by February 15 and the preparatory camp set to start the day after the end of the Twenty20 tournament. The chaotic schedule over the next three weeks could also be complicated by the appointments of various specialist coaches and their adjustment to the country, the players and the team atmosphere. But Jurgensen is only focusing on what he has to put in place.

"Our main concern is the bowlers who have to move from T20 to Tests," Jurgensen said. "The plan is to make them bowl the number of overs they would do in a Test match. The batsmen have been doing well in the BPL and that's a good sign, but Test cricket requires something different.

"We get together on February 20, but I also know that many of our batsmen will play in the Bangladesh Cricket League final (a first-class tournament) which is a plus for us. I think playing four or five-day cricket before a Test series is always useful."

He was first appointed in November when the contractual tussle between Richard Pybus and the BCB ended up with Bangladesh without a coach ahead of the West Indies series. Jurgensen took over as interim coach and though it is hard to tell whether he made a major impact, the team felt stable and ended up pushing the visitors all the way. After a close first Test and a poor second one, Bangladesh won the ODI series 3-2, one of the things that went in Jurgensen's favour when the BCB's cricket operations committee took the decision.

Having worked in the Bangladesh setup since October 2011, he will also be aware of how fickle the administrators can be. As a result, his immediate goal is to put together a plan that is successful in Sri Lanka, a country where Bangladesh have regularly underperformed. They have never won a Test match in the country, losing all six in three full series since 2002.

"My immediate goal would be to perform well in Sri Lanka. I would like to go there and look to win. It was a very good series against the West Indies. The players have been doing well in the BPL, so I am confident. We have some precise goals regarding conditions and opposition in the short time we get after BPL."

By deciding on Jurgensen, a 36-year-old from Queensland with no international playing experience, the BCB has also deviated from their tradition of appointing a major name. Perhaps the poor experience with the previous two coaches, Stuart Law and Richard Pybus, helped to open up the search a bit more.

Law had left last year, less than a year after being appointed while the BCB's contractual trouble with Pybus ended that relationship in four months. Though Jurgensen will only continue till the end of 2013, it is a role that he relishes and maybe a bit of hunger is what the Bangladesh coaching role deserves.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent

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  • gnanavelu on February 12, 2013, 17:58 GMT

    Those teams were playing bad in and around those years. So had there been a rank system then naturally their ranks would have been among the bottom. So my point is that lankan victory at those years were not against high ranked teams as mr.sinhaya was claiming. So there is no much difference between lanka in 1994 and bangla now. Lankan has below average test cricket history,so dont overrate it my lankan fans.

  • associate cricket fan on February 12, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    @gnanzcupid. Doesnt matter they are in good form or poor form. They were still better team than us back in those days(since we were new to cricket) and they were expected to play better than us. We played test matches with Ban in 2006 when we were in bad form. Did we lose to them? If poor form is considered as an issue, I can also say that we were in poor form when Aus toured us in 2011. SO that series win cannot be counted.

  • gnanavelu on February 12, 2013, 11:18 GMT

    @sinhaya we shall not consider lankas defeats in 1980s against Nz mate,provided we don consider your wins in 1985 against india and 1986 against pakistan. is that ok? that will mean that bangldesh is a better team than lankans as they have won 3 games in 13 years whereas lankans would have won only 2 tests in 13 years if these two tests are not considered

  • Prashan on February 12, 2013, 10:56 GMT

    @gnanzcupid, kindly disregard NZ's test wins against us in the 1980s as we were new go cricket. Dont expect a team to be test match winners overnight. India took 19 years to register their first test win. NZ took. 26 years to register their first test win haha!

  • gnanavelu on February 12, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Think lankan fans have surrendered and dont have anything to counter as all my stats were true and unobjectionable

  • shyam on February 12, 2013, 8:12 GMT

    agianst india srilnka lsot 14 and won only 6 . NOte : not won single test in india .. agaisnt pak its 15 loses ...even agianst newzealand its 9 loses.

  • shyam on February 12, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    overall srilanka lost 17 test alone to australia since 1983...and only one win..hahaha.. and dnt know y they are showing other teams record :)

  • shyam on February 12, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    Sinhaya..hahah..still not won a single test in australia..hahah..not won single test series in india..30 years dude..30 years... hahah... few resulst of australia vs srilnaka below from 1990 ..

    1992 in srilanka lsot 1-0 1996 in austraila lost 3-0 2003 in australia lost 3-0 2004 in srilanka lost1-1 2004 in australia lost 1-0 2007 in australia lost 2-0 2011 in srilanka lost 1-0 2013 in asustralia lost 3-0

    hahah..already you scored 3 hatriclk loses in austrlia the rcord says its 9-0 humiliation agianst australia in australia. i dnt think any country in hisotry lost 3 white wssahes to austrailia since 1990. now not showing records of srilanka agianst india /s africa. indeedd agaisnt pak also lankas record is not so good as they are boosting.. laugh yoiurself.. respect other natin before insulting new comers

  • gnanavelu on February 12, 2013, 6:54 GMT

    @htc-android England in 1993 had lost all the tests they played in 1993. India dint win a test match in 1985.Nz was in v bad test form in 1992 having lost 3 matches in that year. It was during these years that the lankans managed to beat these teams.Had the ranking system been in place,those teams would have been among the bottom teams during those years.So understand that.Can you prove me wrong? haha.Dont keep dreaming my friend.You dint beat the top teams of those period.Your team has a poor test history and dont overrate it

  • associate cricket fan on February 12, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    @gnanzcupid. Any fan who reads ur comments will get maximum laughs. Let read ur comment again." India,NZ,WI and ENGLAND were all in poor form before they lost to you and were nearly the low ranked teams before you won them". How do they get to poor form. So everytime before they start losing with this , they forget how to play cricket? So are u telling me Beating indis,NZ,ENG is equal to beating ZIM. This ultimate comedy. I dont know who is reading a comedy show here.

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