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Law to take over as Bangladesh coach

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June 27, 2011

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Kumar Sangakkara and Stuart Law during a training session, Dambulla, June 17, 2010
Stuart Law's stint with Sri Lanka will end after the England tour © Associated Press
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Bangladesh have announced that Stuart Law will be their next coach, succeeding Jamie Siddons, whose contract wasn't renewed after the World Cup. Law, currently Sri Lanka's interim coach, will quit that position after the five-match ODI series against England and will join the Bangladesh team in mid-July in Dhaka, prior to their tour of Zimbabwe.

"Stuart Law was far ahead on our shortlist for a new coach. He has been appointed the head coach of the Bangladesh national cricket team for two years starting from July 1," Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP. "It's not only his experience as a coach - his strong leadership abilities were a factor in our decision to make him head coach."

Law - whose appointment was announced at a press conference in Dhaka on Monday - had served as Sri Lanka's assistant coach under Trevor Bayliss since 2009 and took charge of the team on a temporary basis, specifically for the tour of England, after Bayliss stepped down post the 2011 World Cup.

"I only need to put pen to paper. I have finalised it so the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) can tell you," Law told Dhaka-based daily Prothom Alo. "I asked SLC if they would want me to continue after November but they couldn't confirm anything so I told them that I won't continue after the UK tour. The most important thing for me is job security."

Yunus confirmed that Law would take up the Bangladesh job after Sri Lanka's England tour ended. "After that it will take a couple of weeks to complete the formalities before he joins the Bangladesh team in mid-July," he said.

Earlier during the Test leg of the England tour, Law had expressed his keenness to take over the Sri Lankan job on a full-time basis. "At this stage it's a wonderful opportunity to work with one of the best teams in the world so, yes, I am keen," he had said. "I've got this tour to show what I'm capable of."

However, the uncertainty about his future with Sri Lanka meant that the Bangladesh offer became one he could not refuse. "He told us after the Twenty20 game in Bristol that he was going to Bangladesh," said Thilina Kandamby, Sri Lanka's stand-in captain. "We enjoyed working with him, especially here in England because he played a lot of cricket in this country and gave us good advice."

One of Marvan Atapattu (batting coach), Ruwan Kalpage (fielding coach) and Champaka Ramanayake (bowling coach) was expected to take over from Law on a temporary basis.

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Posted by Sampath_KCS on (June 30, 2011, 11:43 GMT)

SLC Cricket pundits may have thought that Law's appointment was only a gratitude gesture for dropping the crucial Gususinghe catch at world cup finals in 1996.

Posted by Benzim on (June 30, 2011, 9:13 GMT)

@Man007 i dnt think we have only three players to compete at the intnl stage . but how far i remember at once India was one man show & tht is the legend Sachin Tendulkar but today they are at the top.Inshallah we go far away frm yr expection.

Posted by Benzim on (June 30, 2011, 9:08 GMT)

@MeowCat ....u cant say like this. think abt the history.

Posted by Fast_Track_Bully on (June 30, 2011, 5:17 GMT)

whoever may be the coach , but at the end of the day result will be the same...you cannot win matches with three players - one good all rounder and a decent opener and an average medium pacer - rest of them are not good enough to play even 2nd division clubs in England.

Posted by goldeneye075 on (June 30, 2011, 2:08 GMT)

royramesh :: you say you know about current method and yet again questions abfut the support staff Law has .. LOL Again any person can be at any profession for long as long can be but it does not say any thing about the ability or the knowledge in that subject matter, LOL . You may have some personal matters with Mr. Law but try to be professional , on this matter. What ever coaches come up with or any kind of new ideas , to check the validity takes time.. anyhow I dont think the srilankan Main Coach or his assistant might have shared his coaching method with anyone else.. :-) any one can tell that he introduced this and that , but in reallity there are many hidden parts that no one will revilel.

Posted by BeCalmAndSupportEngland on (June 30, 2011, 1:48 GMT)

lol, Ganguly can watch but he can't coach, give mohammad akram a chance

Posted by   on (June 29, 2011, 23:23 GMT)

bringing in coaches won't solve the problem unless our 1st class cricket is sorted.

Posted by MeowCat on (June 29, 2011, 12:25 GMT)

benzim@ no im not indian,i don't think Bangladesh cricket is going anywhere,I think Ireland deserve MUCH better than what they are getting now.

Posted by royramesh on (June 29, 2011, 6:55 GMT)

GOLDENEYE075: YOU SAID "if I am aware of the current coaching method". I AM A LEVEL TWO ECB COACH WITH OVER 25 YEARS OF CRICKET COACHING SO I SHOULD KNOW OF "CURRENT COACHING METHOD". I ONLY SOUGHT TO POINT OUT THE FACTS OF STUART LAW'S WORK IN SL. HE INTRODUCED NOTHING NEW TO THE SQUAD IN HIS TIME HERE. THE COACHING TEAM INCL MARVAN WAS SELECTED AND APPOINTED BY SLC. WHY DID THEY APPOINT A BATTING COACH IF LAW WAS THERE? I HAVE FOLLOWED LAW'S CAREER CLOSELY IN ENGLAND AND HE WAS NEVER A TEAM MAN. HE LOST OUT IN HIS BATTLES WITH ESSEX CAPTAIN AND LEFT INSTEAD OF REMAINING LOYAL TO ESSEX, HE THEN LEFT LANCS IN A CLOUD FOR DERBY AND THEN SUDDENLY GOT THE SLC JOB WITH NO COACHING EXPERIENCE AND A QUESTIONABLE TEAM WORKING BACKGROUND. I STILL FAIL TO SEE WHAT HE OFFERED TO BRING TO SL THAT ROY DIAS (ICC ASSOC NATIONAL COACH) OR CHANDIKA HATHURASINGHA (LEVEL 3 COACH ) COULD NOT HAVE BROUGHT. BANGLA FANS I LOVE YOUR CRICKET BUT I WORRY FOR YOU.

Posted by McAdnan on (June 29, 2011, 4:13 GMT)

Bangladesh now specially needs a special batting coach because of their inconsistent batting. I think BCB now should approach someone like Ganguly for the betterment in batting department. They should also appoint a bowling coach.

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