Bangladesh news April 16, 2014

McInnes to quit as head of Bangladesh academy


Richard McInnes, the head of Bangladesh's National Cricket Academy, will quit his post by the end of April. McInnes, whose contract expires in July, was relieved by the BCB and will now join a sports software company in Brisbane.

The exit will bring an end to McInnes' second tenure in Bangladesh, after the Australian had enjoyed a successful stint as the Under-19s and A team coach between 2003 and 2005. At the time, he also helped set up a high-performance unit, a precursor to the National Cricket Academy, which helped develop Shakib Al Hasan and Mushfiqur Rahim, among others. However, his work with the NCA this time left him frustrated as he could only help a few senior players and coach the Under-19s. The academy did not admit any players last year after the Dhaka Premier Division impasse lasted six months. The uncertainty over the league ate into the off season, which is usually the time for the NCA to train young players, and McInnes had little say in the matter.

"It is very frustrating," he said. "I like to work hard and make a difference. I am not angry, and I still think Bangladesh cricket will get better.

"It [the second stint] was similar to what I had expected. I knew it would be challenging. I had hoped to have more influence on the system, not just the players. And 2013 was a tough time to work in Bangladesh. Not much was done due to the political situation, so it is no one's fault. It was difficult to achieve what I wanted to. We haven't been able to bring a lot of players here but we have had some success with players that we were able to get to the NCA."

When McInnes took over at the NCA in August 2012, he filled a post that had been lying vacant for 10 months after Ross Turner's departure in October 2011. He admitted his first stint - with the Under-19s, the A team and the high-performance unit - was a more fruitful one.

"I actually think we achieved more last time," he said. "We were starting at a lower base but we achieved more. Maybe that's because we worked in BKSP where we didn't have to ask permission for everything.

"Here [at the Academy in Mirpur], the facility and opportunity is fantastic but there are a lot more complications. It is understandable because lots of teams are training here, like the senior team, women's team, age-group and club teams and international teams. In BKSP, it was just us. The programmes were run easily."

In spite of the disappointments, McInnes said he was pleased to have helped Robiul Islam, Taskin Ahmed and Mominul Haque progress at various stages. He also stressed that the system and structure of the game in the country would need to change to bring consistent success.

"We had [Robiul Islam] Shiblu in for a block of time before he went to Zimbabwe. Taskin Ahmed was with us and he went on to play in the World T20 and it went well," McInnes said. "Mominul Haque was also with us, but we haven't had a full programme at any point. That has been frustrating, but it wasn't lot different than what I had expected.

"When I left last time, I thought if they continue to progress at that rate, they would be mid-table in 5-7 years in the different formats. There have been some good players coming through but, in terms of overall system and structure to sustain consistent success, there hasn't been much progress."

McInnes was also made the Under-19 coach for a while last year and, although he enjoyed the role, he felt it kept him away from his real job of developing international-level cricketers out of the ones who come up from the age-group structure.

"It was never part of my role. I didn't mind doing it, as they are a good group of players," he said. "It didn't allow me to do things that I was supposed to be doing. We didn't get the Academy programme running because the DPL went on for six months.

"I think the youth pipeline is okay, but as soon as they come out of the Under-19 programme, there is a big hole. No one is there to put pressure on Shakib, or [Sohag] Gazi. Domestic cricket in every country is weaker than international cricket but our gap is bigger than most."

A few months after McInnes took over, Mashrafe Mortaza praised the manner in which the NCA and the rest of the foreign coaching staff were working. It was the right endorsement as McInnes was seen as someone with prior knowledge of the players and the system. But he will now leave Bangladesh without making the sort of mark he did in 2005, and this can be put down to a situation he couldn't improve.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Dik on April 22, 2014, 22:37 GMT

    So after such a terrible year so far, instead of firing everyone who are responsible, BCB is firing the available coach in the country!? Fire the national team's head coach, batting, bowling and field coach. Fire those guys. Not him.

  • Nasim on April 19, 2014, 10:36 GMT

    @i-golam: Maybe you got it wrong what McInns meant about Shakib/ Gazi. I believe he wanted to say that the youth pipeline was OK. However, when players who come out from that pipeline looking so good (e.g. Shakib) quickly fall into the big hole in the domestic cricket that McInns mentioned. While young players of other countries continue to develop by playing abundant quality first class cricket, our young players (take Taskin/ Mobasser from current batch for example) would develop little. The 'pressure' on Shakib should have been by competing performance from other players of the domestics which isn't there because the quality is too poor. If you're talking of bureaucratic pressure on players, rest assured, there is plenty. You may kick out the likes of Shakib as many times as you like but if domestics aren't improved or coaches aren't let to do their jobs properly, the sad history will repeat again and again...

  • Golam on April 18, 2014, 11:25 GMT

    Who can make pressure on star like Shakib & the others ? Our players behave & spirit shows nothing more than that they are ready enough trained and have nothing more to learn !! kick them out who have not been able to show anything improvement trend after all the opportunities they have been given !!!

  • Shuzi on April 17, 2014, 13:17 GMT

    After the disasters against SL, in Asia Cup, and T20 WC, we see no signs of anyone being held accountable. And, now BCB is letting the only good coach they have go. Is BCB accountable to anyone? They are not doing their job.

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2014, 12:09 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket board needs to take some strong steps for the improvement of national cricket, they have to produce match winning and skill full player those who can handle the international cricket pressure with positive mind set, otherwise Bangladesh Cricket will be dark.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on April 17, 2014, 10:04 GMT

    I think this is a very crucial time for BCB to rethink their strategies to do well in CRICKET.Though i firmly believe that they don't have enough time to look after the MISTAKES they have been doing for last few years.Only think they care about is the MONEY.But they are not foresighted well enough to think that if CRICKET fails then the inflow of money will be definitely stopped.And this is a very BAD SIGN for our cricket.

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    whatever it is,we and our board will never admit our own mistakes, he made a good decision for himself and also his future, I strongly believe that massive disasters are waiting for bd cricket in the future.....

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    what ever it is,we and our board will never will never admit our own mistakes. He made a good decision for himself and his future. massive disasters awaiting for bangladesh cricket in future....

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2014, 1:33 GMT

    such a bad news for us.we needed him to nurture some players and get them resy for international level.very disappointing it is to lose him.

  • Syed on April 16, 2014, 19:17 GMT

    Not suprised after what has been happening of late.

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