Bangladesh news September 14, 2010

Ian Pont named Bangladesh bowling coach

Cricinfo staff

Bangladesh's hunt for a bowling coach has finally come to an end with the appointment of Ian Pont, the former Essex fast bowler. He has been awarded a contract till the end of next year's World Cup and will join the Bangladesh team's training camp on Thursday in Mirpur.

Pont, 49, played for Essex, Nottinghamshire and Natal before retiring from first-class cricket in 1990. He has extensive coaching experience, having managed the Netherlands side for two years leading up to the 2007 World Cup, besides working with county teams Worcestershire, Warwickshire, Essex and Kent as a fast bowling coach.

The appointment fills a vacancy created by the resignation of former Sri Lanka fast bowler Champaka Ramanayake due to illness. Former South African allrounder Lance Klusener had been the Bangladesh board's original choice but after prolonged discussions he turned down the offer earlier this month.

Pont has developed a specialised coaching method known as Advanced Biomechanics Speed & Accuracy Technique and has authored the coaching manual "The Fast Bowler's Bible", which was published in 2006.

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  • Fardin on September 21, 2010, 1:34 GMT

    Best of luck ponk and the bangladeh team .thanks bcb for chossing him.

  • Bang on September 19, 2010, 13:57 GMT

    Coaches cant do anything in Bangladesh because of the interference of the officials. At present, the president (Lotus) and a director of the board (Tutul), empowered by political muscles, control everything in decision making, resulting resignation of Khaled Mahmud. The president, a business man and alike other businessmen has a shady past of resourcing capital, treats players as his own employees and anyday there would be an outburst relating the treatment. But, who cares?

  • mohammed on September 19, 2010, 6:27 GMT

    gud luck have got to taste ur nerves...mysterious tug to overcome....miles to travel...indeed you are, you are the choosen one... lead the its glory...thats what you are here for..

    lead the inexperienced bowling attack to one of it's greatest amongs't all time...we are counting on you...yes we are...

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2010, 15:48 GMT

    good luck to him and our cricketers....hope they will improve themselves a lot! now we can just hope for the best!

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2010, 14:53 GMT

    Congratulation Ian Pont. Welcome in Bangladesh

  • Sik on September 17, 2010, 22:12 GMT

    Hi. Its my first tym on cricinfo, commenting wise. As a British born Bangladeshi I love watching Bangladesh play! Anyway, dont know hu Ian Pont is but da comments received look positive. Why dont we also try Flintoff? He was a quality bowler, learn how to bowl yorkers like he does, plus siddons ideally wants two bowling coaches.

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2010, 15:56 GMT

    i want to see u must grow up our fastbowling side.coz u have lot of exprience for thise of luck to u.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2010, 16:25 GMT

    The only weakness of Bangladesh team was inexperience fast bowling. Now our talented young bowlers will have opportunity to learn good technique from the new coach. Now it depend upon the bowlers to extract best from him.Thanks to BCB for arranging a dedicated coach for the bowlers. I wish good luck and success of the new coach.

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2010, 12:02 GMT

    best of luck pont. hope he will boost Bangladesh in the cricket WC...

  • Dummy4 on September 16, 2010, 11:59 GMT

    Good move by BCB. I think Ian is better than klusener as coach and coaching experience. Hope all these early plans will pay dividend!

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