Bangladesh news May 3, 2014

BCB on look-out for new coach


With Shane Jurgensen set to leave as Bangladesh coach after the proposed ODI series against India in June, the BCB is on the look-out for his replacement, board president Nazmul Hassan has said.

"If anyone wants to leave then there is no reason to keep him as he won't be able to give his 100%," Hassan said. "Shane [Jurgensen] is staying until the India series and in the meantime, possibly by next week, we will hold a board meeting. We will take a decision on whether we will try to stick with him or look for an alternative. But surely, we are looking for a new coach."

Hassan had opened the debate by saying he "foresaw many changes" after Bangladesh went down to Hong Kong in the first round and lost all their matches in the Super 10s of the World T20. While he did not specify at the time which areas had been marked for change, he has now said the statement was meant for the team and the management. The BCB chief, however, believes that statements made by a few board directors could have influenced Jurgensen to resign.

"I had said earlier that there will be a major reshuffle after the World T20, and that includes the team management, for the betterment of the team and everyone is aware of it," Hassan said. "Firstly, the performance of the team was bad, which might have prompted him to resign. On the other hand, he could feel insecure after some comments from our directors. So, he might have felt that it was better for him to leave with some dignity."

Hassan also said that the BCB had not given any clear message to Jurgensen about the latter's job being under threat. He did not rule out appointing a Bangladeshi coach, but said that would happen only if the board did not find a foreigner to take the job. After becoming a Test nation, the BCB has employed eight foreign coaches with the last three - Stuart Law, Richard Pybus and Jurgensen - resigning midway through their contract.

"When a tournament ends and the performance of the team is not up to the mark, the coach is usually changed, " Hassan said. "On most of the occasions, the coach is changed if the team fails while in some cases the coach steps down. But why he [Jurgensen] has stepped down is still not clear as he was not given any message by the board that he might get the sack.

"If necessary we will give the responsibility to a local coach if we fail to find a replacement for Jurgensen. If we can't hire a foreign coach then we will opt for a local one. But I'm sure the performance of the team won't get any worse than what we have done recently."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Muhammad on May 10, 2014, 7:09 GMT

    I think both seats of captain and Coach should be given to Shakib , as he is the only one who can change the game and our team .

  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2014, 12:00 GMT

    The only person who is capable to make Bangladesh a better team is Andy Fowler. Look what he has done for England. He has the ability to motivate a team which lacks confidence. As far as batting coach is concerned, one name comes to my mind is Rahul Dravid. He is undoubtedly a more technically correct batsman than Sachin (With all due respect). We can see what he is doing with Rajasthan Royals. They are the ultimate underdogs, but he is making them look like a top contender. If we can somehow lure Wasim Akram to come to Bangladesh as the bowling coach, that would be awesome. But it is highly unlikely. We can try to get Glenn Mcgrath or even Andy Bichel as the bowling coach. It is high time that BCB starts to spend money behind coaches. It has been a long time since we had a high level coach.

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2014, 0:32 GMT

    @Shahed: what kind of batting Bulbul will teach to our best player? Hah! Ganguly is the best for us.

  • Dummy4 on May 5, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    Some Indians are commenting to have Ganguly as the coach. He is not a good coach at all like all other indians. I would say bring in Whatmore. Our Aminul Islam Bulbul would be better than Ganguly.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 13:32 GMT

    I would like to see Ganguly to be the batting coach of Bangladesh for the up coming world cup 2015.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Wrong way BCB is moving. and the personal who are controlling BD cricket for the last 15 years i can say they failed overall. Jurgenson was the best motivator for BD team till date that's why he was successful with BD consistent performance. He had given lots of freedom towards his player. I do not see under any other coaches BD performed like that. specially against w indies, Srilanka and Nz tour. Our captain was little bit responsible for creating an unnecessary panic situations by controversial comments during Asia Cup and T20 world cup. that could be a reason for BD team performed so badly. ICC revamp, pressure situations in home condition was also responsible. I think BD cricket should stop organizing world event instead they should work hard for domestic cricket standard and world class cricket academies. Otherwise another 10 years with 10 best coaches can not do anything regarding BD's cricket development.

  • Fahad on May 4, 2014, 8:13 GMT

    @Rafelgibt like what you said.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on May 4, 2014, 7:18 GMT

    I think BCB must appoint a Bangladeshi (Aminul Islam Bulbul as the fittest) as a head coach who would be assisted by the batting, bowling and fielding coach. In that case we can have successful ex-players like-Mohammad Yousuf,Grant Flower, Brad Hodge, Damien Martyn, Nathan Astle, Dean Jones, Paul Collingwood etc as Batting coach. On the other hand players like-Darren Gough,Micheal Kasprowiz, Andy Caddik, Andy Bicheal, Aaquib Javed, Heath Streak etc would be the excellent choice as Bowling coach. I hope BCB would try their best to get those players as our resources for at least 2 years to groom our players.

  • Imran on May 3, 2014, 18:45 GMT

    Well, it is high time to decide how the team would perfome in coming world cup 2015. Time is very short. Bangladesh needs someone as a head coach who can understand players natural marits. One who can communicate very smoothly and who can understand the cricket culture of subcontinant. Thats why i think someone like GANGULY, INZAMAM, ARABINDA DE SILVA or DRAVID will be good one as batting coach.

  • Shipu on May 3, 2014, 18:28 GMT

    Doesn't really matter who the coach is but ideally you want a coach that is strict and knows what he is doing.

    But if Bangladesh really want to progress then sort out that terrible bowling attack, first class structure and alter the pitches across the country for domestic games.

    Bangladesh has no quality pacer and spinners are average. No wonder we couldn't defend that 300+ score against Pakistan because of the poor attack we have.

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