Bangladesh news May 6, 2014

Corey Richards tenders resignation


Corey Richards, the Bangladesh fielding coach, has become the third member of the support staff to tender his resignation in the space of eleven days after the BCB's cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan confirmed that he had received a resignation later from him.

Richards' exit comes after the head coach Shane Jurgensen and trainer David Dwyer had both quit late last month, leaving only the physio Vibhav Singh and computer analyst Nasir Ahmed left in the support staff.

The BCB, however, has already formed a five-member special committee to look for new coaches, as well as a head for the National Cricket Academy which was vacated when Richard McInnes left last month.

Richards was appointed in February last year on a two-year contract till the 2015 World Cup, a few days after Jurgensen was made full-time coach. But over the past few weeks, the BCB has been seeking specialist coaches in all three departments, leaving Richards, who was also the team's batting coach, in an untenable position.

"I have handed over my resignation to Akram and the required people," he told ESPNcricinfo. "It has been accepted immediately and I will be leaving in a few weeks. The fact is that the BCB and I are going in different directions so I feel it was time to part ways.

"There are a few reasons to take the decision and it has come up over the past few months. The final thing for me was when Shane [Jurgensen] resigned. But I have really enjoyed working with the players, Shane Jurgensen and the coaching staff, and the two programs - batting and fielding departments."

Richards said he is looking for a bigger role in coaching, particularly having been so successful in that position for the Sydney Sixers. "I am seeking more head coaching roles and the opportunity for that in Bangladesh doesn't appear available in the immediate future.

"With the experience and success that I have had in my head coach career to date, I am looking at potential opportunities to continue my development and career."

Richards will take back with him the memory of a successful 2013 where he blooded several youngsters.

"The definition of success for a coach is to see the development of players," he said. "Mominul Haque, Anamul Haque and Mushfiqur are such improved cricketers, and they are learning and trying to be better every day."

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Dummy4 on May 8, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    The problem with Bangladesh is not about the team but all about the Cricket Board. The officials as i can see are not suitable to hold their positions. Anyone can see that they are interfering with the coaches, not allowing them to do their job. No coach with sense of pride will work under those conditions. As long as these officials remain then the team will never recover and will lose even more to associate teams just as with last World Cup.May be the coaches did under perform in the last world cup. Then the country had many superior coaches before but same result. No light at the end of the tunnel for Bangladesh Cricket.

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Agree with Showkat. In my opinion, keeping coaches should NOT be an effort or a chore. Bangladeshis don't need to put their heads on the gallows begging for coaches to stay. It should be a lucrative offer for coaches to take a talented and passionate team and gift them their wisdom. NOT: Be thankful we came here to coach you.

    BCB has flaws but to place them under brunt of everything is just childish. Worst thing Bangladesh can do is sell themselves short by telegraphing SOS to save 'hopeless' team.

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2014, 5:46 GMT

    Both Bangladesh & Srilanka have this problem of constant churning of support staff; especially foreigners! Don't understand!

  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2014, 5:44 GMT

    Why so much of churning of coaches in Sri Lanka? Difficult to understand. It is anice little country to stay & and enjoy

  • KH. RAFIQUE on May 7, 2014, 4:25 GMT

    It would be very difficult to find any high profile coach for a sure.So, that's why i would propose Mr. Aminul Islam Bulbul as the head coach of Bangladesh along with Mr. Jemmie Siddons as the batting coach and any foreign fast bowling coach.If possible make Siddons the academy coach as he is treated in AUS as one of the greatest domestic players never to win a Test cap.

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2014, 17:22 GMT

    Now muchi and the physic should resign too. Bring in Whatmore and make shakib as the captain for t20 at least.

  • mohammad on May 6, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    Let all of them go.Did you see how poor Bangladesh's fielding was in Asia Cup and World T20? We will be better off having new bunch of coaches.

  • Dummy4 on May 6, 2014, 14:51 GMT

    I am pleased to see that Shane Jurgensen, Corey Richards and Richard McInnes have all resigned form their respective posts, which was most needed after such a dismal performances of late. They were and are unable to take Bangladesh to the next level of progression and were clueless against the opposition tactical superiority. Even the fielding and bowling was of sub-standard. Mushfiqur Rahim needs to resign as well, because a captain needs to be truly professional and NOT seek favouritism.

    Now we need to find a coach who can move us up to the next stage in the knowledge that we lack in good infrastructure, lack of senior talented players and someone who can bring the best out of these present cricketers. There is one positive aspect in Bangladeshi cricket that there is a pool of lots of upcoming young cricketers emerging, who need to be guided the correct cricketing way.

  • Android on May 6, 2014, 13:11 GMT

    ha ha.... very interesting.

  • Tanveer on May 6, 2014, 11:51 GMT

    Are we witnessing the self destruction of BD cricket?

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