Published:  12:23 AM, 06 December 2017

Richard Pybuss arrives Dhaka for interview

Richard Pybuss arrives Dhaka for interview

Former national coach Richard Pybuss arrived yesterday to sit for an interview today (Wednesday) for the post of national coach that went vacant after the resignation of Chandika Hathurusinghe.The Bangladesh Cricket Board media committee chairman Jalal Younus confirmed on Tuesday about his arrival in Dhaka after former head coach Chandika Hathurusinghe resigned from the job in early October during Bangladesh's tour to South Africa.

'Richard Pybus will come today to face an interview,' Jalal informed reporters in Mirpur.'He will sit for an interview with the board officials today at 11am. We will talk with him and we'll also talk with one or two others if they give us time and they will have to face the interview also,' he added. Pybus was named as the coach of the Tigers in May 2012 taking over from Stuart Law, but that was a short stint, as he resigned four months later in October that year following disagreement over the terms of his contract.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board is considering some strict coach to replace Hathurusingha and as a result former head coach Pybuss had become a front runner for the post. Pybus in 2012 quit his post after less than five months in the job saying that disagreement and discord with the BCB had made his position 'completely untenable'.

'We already started our works to find a new coach. We have short-listed a few ones in this process. We want them to face an interview in here and after the matter will be discussed in the board meeting we will permanently appoint someone for the post,' said Jalal.

'We will inform you about the short-listed persons only a day earlier before they come here to face the interview. It may create problem for them if we disclose their identity as they are still working for other organizations. I think it is better waiting for them. We will inform you after the confirmation of their arrival.

'It is obviously difficult thing to find a high-profile coach. Richard Pybus is one of them and the profile of other two persons is also very good. We want such type of coach who will take it as challenge and work for the development of Bangladesh cricket which has established itself globally,' he said.

According to BCB insiders there are other names that had also came into discussion as a probable replacement of Hathurusingha that includes West Indian Phil Simmons and Australian Geoff Marsh. It was learned for the time being BCB is considering the name of Simon Helmut, their High Performance head coach, to take over the role if no foreign head coach is available. Khaled Mahmud is the front runner to take up the job if BCB considers any local coach for the job of interim coach.

-Atif Azam

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