Bangladesh news April 29, 2014

Mushfiqur hopes for Jurgensen U-turn

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Bangladesh captain Mushfiqur Rahim hopes Shane Jurgensen will overturn his decision to resign as head coach. But he hasn't gone into more detail since he is bound by a BCB edict not to speak about the coach's resignation.

Jurgensen is scheduled to arrive in Bangladesh on Wednesday night, after which Mushfiqur is looking forward to talking to him in person. The captain said having Jurgensen around would be good for the team.

"I do have a lot to say but the BCB has asked us not to talk about the matter," Mushfiqur said. "All I know right now is that he has resigned but the BCB hasn't accepted the letter. To be honest, we have to wait until the BCB president returns to the country.

"But I will talk to him. I would hope that he returns, which will be good for the team."

Mushfiqur and Jurgensen had been in charge of the Bangladesh team since the winter of 2012 when they beat West Indies 3-2 in the ODI series. They have had more success in 2013 too, winning a Test match in Zimbabwe and beating New Zealand 3-0 in an ODI series at home.

But it has all gone wrong since January, and the pressure, as Bangladesh kept losing matches, fell firmly on the captain and coach. Mushfiqur did most of the explaining before and after matches throughout this time, when he was often grilled for selection and on-field tactical decisions.

Jurgensen felt the heat after the World T20, when he became the target of BCB directors who said they were looking for a more batting-oriented coach. Both Mushfiqur and Jurgensen were given two-year contracts till after the 2015 World Cup.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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