Bangladesh news April 26, 2014

Jurgensen's Bangladesh future uncertain

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Shane Jurgensen, the Bangladesh head coach, faces an uncertain future with some BCB directors wanting a new man with international experience to take charge of the team ahead of the World Cup as the fallout from Bangladesh's woeful World T20 campaign continues. However, the situation could yet be taken out of the BCB's hands with Jurgensen saying he is considering his own future.

It is far from a unanimous view of the board that a new coach is required, but BCB sources have told ESPNcricinfo that the search is on for a coach with a batting background. With less than a year before a major tournament, the appointment must be made by mid-June when Bangladesh take on India in three ODIs. The BCB are also exploring short-term specialised consultants from among the recent crop of retired international players.

"Some of the directors are trying to find a head coach who is more batting oriented," the source said. "We are trying to find a high-profile coach but they are hard to find in this market. We are targeting the 2015 World Cup, so we must have one by June.

"The board would want to make changes after a debacle. It is almost like a rule around the world. We need the right people in place, and that could be consultants who will remedy technical and mental blocks. For the time being, [Shane Jurgensen] will probably stay because we are leaning towards finding more specialists, like former international stars to help us in specific areas."

The rumour mill began whirring last month when BCB president Nazmul Hassan said he foresaw "many changes" in the national team, but he was not specific. The statement was made the day after Bangladesh lost to the West Indies in the Super 10s of the World T20. There were three further losses which fuelled the notion that it would be the coaches who would have their contracts cut short.

In subsequent press briefings, Hassan has eluded that the current set-up may be kept since they have been unable to find suitable replacements all of which has left Jurgensen feeling uneasy

"It [the situation] is not ideal and I am considering my own position at the moment," Jurgensen told ESPNcricinfo. "However I feel I have been subject to this situation ever since I have been given the honour of being the head coach. Having not played Test cricket, I knew I had to prove myself as a team coach and success along with that was important.

"I have had to work extremely hard and adapt to the conditions and circumstances given to us at times. I'd like to think that this has been a huge positive for all players, support staff and myself involved that we have had success despite the circumstances."

Bangladesh's difficult period started in January when they were crushed by Sri Lanka in the first Test, before bouncing back with a drawn game in Chittagong. They lost the T20 and ODI series, albeit through narrow defeats. The Asia Cup brought four defeats, including one to Afghanistan, while their World T20 campaign crumbled when they were shocked by Hong Kong in the first round.

Jurgensen had been asked to provide a report into the performances but he felt that a lack of T20s leading up to the tournament was always going to hold Bangladesh back. In the period between the end of the 2012 World T20 and the start of the 2014 tournament, Bangladesh played seven T20s, winning one. Only India and Zimbabwe of the Full Member nations played fewer matches.

"I gave my views in an extensive report detailing the reasons why for our recent performances," he said. "There are very valid reasons for the World T20 performance. One is purely the lesser number of T20s played before the tournament.

"This was raised as well as other concerns early last year that in 2013 we were only playing four T20 matches and usually all our T20 matches are held at the end of series when the team is decimated with injuries. However there were still quite a few positives from the World T20."

Jurgensen became full-time coach in February 2013 after doing the interim job quite successfully for one series, against West Indies, in 2012. He was given a two-year contract, up to the 2015 World Cup alongside batting and fielding coach Corey Richards, trainer David Dwyer and physio Vibhav Singh.

While Dwyer tendered his resignation last week, the focus has remained on Jurgensen and Richards, with the BCB directors set to on Monday.

What has been most surprising, however, has been the BCB's sudden change in tone with long-term appointments. When Jurgensen was given the full-time job the idea was to promote someone from within the system, as he was a bowling coach to begin with, and show how a lower-profile coach can grow into the main role. It was also important to break the thinking that only those with a batting background can be head coach in Bangladesh.

But some within the BCB have felt, particularly after the World T20 debacle, that long-term appointments are not the best way forward.

"Shane Jurgensen joined as bowling coach, but we only considered him to be head coach in 2012. We had initially wanted him until World T20, but we were convinced that he should get a longer term [deal] until the 2015 World Cup. However, we are not sure if he has delivered as a coach," said a BCB official.

"I don't see the difference between short and long-term in appointing captain or coach. Yes, it ensures job security if we make it long-term but we have to ask the question: what is he giving us? I don't think we are getting the right service."

Between becoming the interim coach until the start of the Sri Lanka series in January this year, Jurgensen was in charge of a Test win against Zimbabwe, three drawn games and four losses. In T20s, Bangladesh had won one out of five T20s while in ODIs, their strongest suit, they had won eight out of 14 games.

In 2014, however, Bangladesh have lost all seven ODIs and won just two out of nine T20s. This flip in form has made the BCB uncomfortable and is leaving some to consider more changes. Whether it translates to an easier environment for the new coach or for Jurgensen, should he stay in the job, remains to be seen.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • indiancricketfan12 on April 28, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Bring In Arjuna Ranatunga or Sourav Ganguly As head Coach. Or even bring Dav Whatmore which could be ideal.

  • masud69 on April 28, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Mushfiq is best as wicket keeper and batsman but not as a captain. He is too soft and emotional and lacks the killer instinct which is must to win in sports. re-appoint sakib as captain, than things will improve.

  • on April 28, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Jurgensen is doing good.there is no point in blaming him for this dismal performance.it's the players who didn't put up their hands.get Jamie siddons as a batting coach at least for a short while and another fast bowling coach for short term too.Heath Streak could be a good match here.

  • on April 28, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    BCB If you are reading this plese try to get Inzy, Rahul dravid or Ganguly as a batting coach it will benefit our players they are world class batsman also there wont be any language barrier.

  • British_North_America on April 27, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Gihan Abeyratne If you cannot remember, two matches for you

    1. Ashraful LBW in 2013 1 off T20 in Sri Lanka by Sri Lankan Umpire 2.Not calling no ball on a waist high full toss in the last ball of 1st T20 in home series this year which started our debacle in 2014.

  • TheRisingTeam on April 27, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    The problem is actually more to do with the captain rather than the coach. Rahim is not really captain material and is probably the main reason why Bangladesh hasn't won games this year games they should've easily won. His captaincy is too negative and defensive. Ideally captain for next 2 years should be Shakib and for the long term, hand it over to Anamul Haque who I think not only be a brilliant cricketer for Bangladesh but also a brilliant captain due to his positive attitude and fearless Cricket.

  • on April 27, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    he is a good coach but its players who play in the field....he cant do anything with these players....but still i think after loosing so badly he cant motivate the team as previous.. some new think process and thoughts are needed.....may be stefen fleming or siddons are good choice....siddons is proved and fleming have the highest quality.....lets see what blunder BCB do now...

  • TheShawshankRedemption on April 27, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Instead of changing the coaches, BCB should see where the root cause lies. It lies within the am. Players who keep under performing are still in the playing 11. So the measurement can never be based on coaches alone. In fact keep on modifying the leadership ladder will only backfire. These many changes in in coaches mean players get away from the mistake? What is Rahim doing as captain? Change Management becomes difficult if the Top Leadership team keeps changing and also it gives players enough confidence to keep on Under performing? Is the problem with Leadership or Team? This needs to be answered by BCB than changing the coach every fortnight. Players cannot get sync to anyone method of coaching then...BCB needs have Mental Conditioning camp and some one like Zig Ziglar or David Lim or Nick Vujicic as psychology consultant...

  • on April 27, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    We should realize the things... We have to remember the time of Jammie Siddons & Captain Shakib Al Hasan... When you compit with someone you must be think, play and do at their level & standard... Shakib is the best choice again for the Captain... Jammie Siddons may be Appointed again for at least Batting Caoch... for head Coach i preffer Stephen Flemming or Shaun Pollock for long term... Mickel Bevan also good but he joined a Country Club...

  • IAS2009 on April 26, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    BCB need to find players who can compete at high level, a part from Shakib no one in BD team can be selected for first class team in any other cricketing country. BD have hard time beating Associate teams, one man change at top will not change much, BD have better coaches in the past and results are in front of everyone. Catching, shot selection by batting in all formats have been hopelessly poor for a long time now. Until talent is uncovered BD is not going to get any better, the scape goats will be plenty to come in future. Batsmen have refused to play according to condition for a long time until that attitude changes nothing will work.

  • indiancricketfan12 on April 28, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    Bring In Arjuna Ranatunga or Sourav Ganguly As head Coach. Or even bring Dav Whatmore which could be ideal.

  • masud69 on April 28, 2014, 5:36 GMT

    Mushfiq is best as wicket keeper and batsman but not as a captain. He is too soft and emotional and lacks the killer instinct which is must to win in sports. re-appoint sakib as captain, than things will improve.

  • on April 28, 2014, 2:22 GMT

    Jurgensen is doing good.there is no point in blaming him for this dismal performance.it's the players who didn't put up their hands.get Jamie siddons as a batting coach at least for a short while and another fast bowling coach for short term too.Heath Streak could be a good match here.

  • on April 28, 2014, 0:38 GMT

    BCB If you are reading this plese try to get Inzy, Rahul dravid or Ganguly as a batting coach it will benefit our players they are world class batsman also there wont be any language barrier.

  • British_North_America on April 27, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    Gihan Abeyratne If you cannot remember, two matches for you

    1. Ashraful LBW in 2013 1 off T20 in Sri Lanka by Sri Lankan Umpire 2.Not calling no ball on a waist high full toss in the last ball of 1st T20 in home series this year which started our debacle in 2014.

  • TheRisingTeam on April 27, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    The problem is actually more to do with the captain rather than the coach. Rahim is not really captain material and is probably the main reason why Bangladesh hasn't won games this year games they should've easily won. His captaincy is too negative and defensive. Ideally captain for next 2 years should be Shakib and for the long term, hand it over to Anamul Haque who I think not only be a brilliant cricketer for Bangladesh but also a brilliant captain due to his positive attitude and fearless Cricket.

  • on April 27, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    he is a good coach but its players who play in the field....he cant do anything with these players....but still i think after loosing so badly he cant motivate the team as previous.. some new think process and thoughts are needed.....may be stefen fleming or siddons are good choice....siddons is proved and fleming have the highest quality.....lets see what blunder BCB do now...

  • TheShawshankRedemption on April 27, 2014, 5:59 GMT

    Instead of changing the coaches, BCB should see where the root cause lies. It lies within the am. Players who keep under performing are still in the playing 11. So the measurement can never be based on coaches alone. In fact keep on modifying the leadership ladder will only backfire. These many changes in in coaches mean players get away from the mistake? What is Rahim doing as captain? Change Management becomes difficult if the Top Leadership team keeps changing and also it gives players enough confidence to keep on Under performing? Is the problem with Leadership or Team? This needs to be answered by BCB than changing the coach every fortnight. Players cannot get sync to anyone method of coaching then...BCB needs have Mental Conditioning camp and some one like Zig Ziglar or David Lim or Nick Vujicic as psychology consultant...

  • on April 27, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    We should realize the things... We have to remember the time of Jammie Siddons & Captain Shakib Al Hasan... When you compit with someone you must be think, play and do at their level & standard... Shakib is the best choice again for the Captain... Jammie Siddons may be Appointed again for at least Batting Caoch... for head Coach i preffer Stephen Flemming or Shaun Pollock for long term... Mickel Bevan also good but he joined a Country Club...

  • IAS2009 on April 26, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    BCB need to find players who can compete at high level, a part from Shakib no one in BD team can be selected for first class team in any other cricketing country. BD have hard time beating Associate teams, one man change at top will not change much, BD have better coaches in the past and results are in front of everyone. Catching, shot selection by batting in all formats have been hopelessly poor for a long time now. Until talent is uncovered BD is not going to get any better, the scape goats will be plenty to come in future. Batsmen have refused to play according to condition for a long time until that attitude changes nothing will work.

  • on April 26, 2014, 21:10 GMT

    @dulabari - bad umpiring is part of the game and I can't remember BD loosing any games to SL due to bad umpiring, in fact SL got bulk loads of bad decisions in the Asia cup such as Misba not given out caught behind two times and kusal walk given caught behind two times even he didn't edge the ball. Good teams win games and don't complain about Umpiring, if its a critical factor for BF to win games why didn't BD board opted not to use DRS ? the truth is BD played poor Cricket in 2014 and only they can bounce back to their normal performance, they were overconfident after beating NZ so badly and paid the price , anyway best of luck to BD Cricket

  • Masking_Tape on April 26, 2014, 21:04 GMT

    So the BCB wants a high profile coach. And they also want "the right people in place." I'm sorry, but you can't have it both. Either you have to do your research and find the right coaches, or just hire someone high profile, just based on their names, who may or may not work out for you.

  • Jawwad123 on April 26, 2014, 19:41 GMT

    A lot of money is spent on the national team in Bangladesh.The national players get to avail world class facilities,coaches and have a professional cricketing schedule met out for them.The difference between between league cricket and the international cricket in the country is huge.From that perspective the coaches and the national players deserve salutes to accustom themselves to such an uplift from the poorly overseen domestic circuit to the international arena where they have produced results You see,the problems don't lie in the team,nor the coaching staff.They lie in BCB's poor professionalism when it comes to investing in the domestic structure and promoting cricket outside the national team.National players here earn millions in a few months whereas domestic first-class players only earn just enough to see past poverty.Anyone notice the huge disincentive factor here of pursuing a cricketing future? Hence, a lot of tlnted youngsters in d country fail 2 pursue crickt as a profesn

  • Bangladesh_Forever on April 26, 2014, 19:36 GMT

    @abcdef_12345: You're right. In addition, Siddons was circumspect from the dressing room environment to the domestic leagues as well as the pipelines. He was not afraid to differ with the board where needed on cricketing ground as an honest and thinking head coach. Dav Whatmore, the immediate predecessor, also had proved the point for the LONG TERM APPOINTMENT of ADEPT head coach.The way BD cricket is heading, Siddons is most likely the last of the long term head coaches with PROPER CREDENTIALS. From now on, there will only be bits and pieces coaching from either former cricket stars with no real coaching experience at this level (e.g. Sourav Ganguly) or simply someone local whose appointment will definitely involve a lo---t of politics...

  • FawltyBean on April 26, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka should hire Jurgensen (he's not that expensive - inexperienced), make him a good coach and sell him to the highest bidder. Who's knows, when World Cup comes around ECB might need another coach to go with rest of the bloated backroom staff they have.

  • on April 26, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    there is saying in India if you cannot dance blame the stage. no coach can bat for a team which should be playing associate cricket instead of struggling at world stage

  • hasib9 on April 26, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Working hard and actually succeeding are two different things. I work hard but I'm not a professional cricketer. Jurgenson failed so it doesn't matter he worked hard. We thank him for his hard work though, it is still time for a change. Mushfiq must go as well. His one dimensional thinking draws a few test matches but can never win with the kind of mentally.

  • British_North_America on April 26, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Change the position of Coach and Captain.Bangladesh has resources but need a captain who can make use of it.The best coach we had so far was Jamie Siddons who had command over players unlike gentleman Jurgension to make the captain all powerful which is not right.

  • dulabari on April 26, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    I think Jurgenson has done a decent job so far (except the World T20). We need to consider other factors: Political situation in BD was very bad during Nov.-Dec., 2013.The "Test status" question was in players mind during January 2014. There were injury problems. And then there was the suspension of Shakib. Finally BD was very unlucky in some matches against SL (umpire's bad decision denied BD two wins). In Asia cup BD's batting performance was not that bad. 280 against India and 326 against Pak. The match againg SL was also close. In my opinion SJ should stay. BCB may bring new battiing, fast & spin bowling coaches.

  • on April 26, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Pakistan doesn't have any domestic structure whatsoever but knows how to fight in international arena. This Bangladesh team is going nowhere under Mushfiq and Jurgensen. Cricket is more of a strategy game. So, change is a must in these two most important strategic posts. With 50 over world cup coming up, the sooner the change, the better.

  • Jadejafan on April 26, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    This Shakib is not a "world class" Cricketer Mr.Islam. Bowling average of 30 and batting average of 35 mainly against teams like West Indies, Zimbabwe, India, New Zealand, Ireland etc is nowhere near world class. Shakib mainly performs on flat tracks and has a poor technique and shot selection.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 26, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    You are 100% right Mehdi Rahi . BCB should try to establish cricket league, school cricket, college cricket , university cricket, cricket academy , infrastructure etc which will improve /change BD cricket . Changing coaches would change nothing. Not to mention Jourgenson has been the best and most effective coach so far for Bd. Bd needs to follow SriLankan model.

  • on April 26, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    This is ridiculous. What BCB is trying to achieve by doing all this things. Instead of concentrating into standard of national cricket league, school cricket and cricket academy they are using their resources and time into unnecessary things. what new couch can do ! how many foreign coach with better background was successful and consistent...let Jourgenson do his job till world cup! and make a analysis of his performance.

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 26, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Enough is enough! BCB directors should stop searching scapegoats whether he's a captain, coach or player. They always blame someone else rather than watching their own faces on the mirror. BD national team, under the supervision of Jurgensen, had lot of successes in comparison to other coaches time periods. They couldn't imagine to beat a full strength WI in ODI series few years back, couldn't imagine to draw test matches vs NZ or SL. But they did all of those successfully in last 1 and half year. In fact they outplayed Kiwis in ODI series and their per4mance vs Lankans in last 2 months wasn't too bad given all those injuries and bad forms of top cricketers. The reality is that BCB failed to produce any world class cricketer except Shakib in last 14 years. They yet to organize top class FC competitions despite they had big sponsors like Gramenphone or Sahara. BD cricket won't improve until the board directors take decisions to support only Dhaka clubs, not the academy or FC teams.

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  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 26, 2014, 15:32 GMT

    Enough is enough! BCB directors should stop searching scapegoats whether he's a captain, coach or player. They always blame someone else rather than watching their own faces on the mirror. BD national team, under the supervision of Jurgensen, had lot of successes in comparison to other coaches time periods. They couldn't imagine to beat a full strength WI in ODI series few years back, couldn't imagine to draw test matches vs NZ or SL. But they did all of those successfully in last 1 and half year. In fact they outplayed Kiwis in ODI series and their per4mance vs Lankans in last 2 months wasn't too bad given all those injuries and bad forms of top cricketers. The reality is that BCB failed to produce any world class cricketer except Shakib in last 14 years. They yet to organize top class FC competitions despite they had big sponsors like Gramenphone or Sahara. BD cricket won't improve until the board directors take decisions to support only Dhaka clubs, not the academy or FC teams.

  • on April 26, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    This is ridiculous. What BCB is trying to achieve by doing all this things. Instead of concentrating into standard of national cricket league, school cricket and cricket academy they are using their resources and time into unnecessary things. what new couch can do ! how many foreign coach with better background was successful and consistent...let Jourgenson do his job till world cup! and make a analysis of his performance.

  • Ain_EL_Sabet on April 26, 2014, 16:22 GMT

    You are 100% right Mehdi Rahi . BCB should try to establish cricket league, school cricket, college cricket , university cricket, cricket academy , infrastructure etc which will improve /change BD cricket . Changing coaches would change nothing. Not to mention Jourgenson has been the best and most effective coach so far for Bd. Bd needs to follow SriLankan model.

  • Jadejafan on April 26, 2014, 16:35 GMT

    This Shakib is not a "world class" Cricketer Mr.Islam. Bowling average of 30 and batting average of 35 mainly against teams like West Indies, Zimbabwe, India, New Zealand, Ireland etc is nowhere near world class. Shakib mainly performs on flat tracks and has a poor technique and shot selection.

  • on April 26, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    Pakistan doesn't have any domestic structure whatsoever but knows how to fight in international arena. This Bangladesh team is going nowhere under Mushfiq and Jurgensen. Cricket is more of a strategy game. So, change is a must in these two most important strategic posts. With 50 over world cup coming up, the sooner the change, the better.

  • dulabari on April 26, 2014, 17:37 GMT

    I think Jurgenson has done a decent job so far (except the World T20). We need to consider other factors: Political situation in BD was very bad during Nov.-Dec., 2013.The "Test status" question was in players mind during January 2014. There were injury problems. And then there was the suspension of Shakib. Finally BD was very unlucky in some matches against SL (umpire's bad decision denied BD two wins). In Asia cup BD's batting performance was not that bad. 280 against India and 326 against Pak. The match againg SL was also close. In my opinion SJ should stay. BCB may bring new battiing, fast & spin bowling coaches.

  • British_North_America on April 26, 2014, 17:53 GMT

    Change the position of Coach and Captain.Bangladesh has resources but need a captain who can make use of it.The best coach we had so far was Jamie Siddons who had command over players unlike gentleman Jurgension to make the captain all powerful which is not right.

  • hasib9 on April 26, 2014, 18:19 GMT

    Working hard and actually succeeding are two different things. I work hard but I'm not a professional cricketer. Jurgenson failed so it doesn't matter he worked hard. We thank him for his hard work though, it is still time for a change. Mushfiq must go as well. His one dimensional thinking draws a few test matches but can never win with the kind of mentally.

  • on April 26, 2014, 19:10 GMT

    there is saying in India if you cannot dance blame the stage. no coach can bat for a team which should be playing associate cricket instead of struggling at world stage

  • FawltyBean on April 26, 2014, 19:15 GMT

    Sri Lanka should hire Jurgensen (he's not that expensive - inexperienced), make him a good coach and sell him to the highest bidder. Who's knows, when World Cup comes around ECB might need another coach to go with rest of the bloated backroom staff they have.