Published:  03:32 AM, 07 December 2017

BCB begins process to get national coach

BCB begins process to get national coach BCB president Nazmul Hasan talksssss to the reporters at Mirpur on Wednesday. -AA

The Bangladesh Cricket Board began their workout to get a suitable replacement for the national head coach as the post went vacant after Sri Lankan Chandika Hathurusingha resigned from the position on October 15.

BCB opened their process by witnessing the presentation tabled by former national head coach Richard Pybus, who arrived yesterday with an interest of making a comeback Tigers' head coach that he refused to carry on earlier in 2012 after a short stint of five months.

Pybus decorated his presentations with a short-term plan as well as with his long-term goal for Tigers during coming across the BCB high-ups during the course of his interview session.

According to the South African, the short-term plan would see him fulfill the role of head coach till the end of the ICC World Cup 2019 while the long-term plan emphasized on a broader perspective with ideas and plan of action work that would be keeping progress and development of Tigers even after the end of World Cup.

BCB president Nazmul Hasan said that they are not ready to finalize any coach without going through the presentation of the coaches whom they have short listed as probable replacement of Hathurusingha.'We want to have a look at the available option,' Nazmul told reporters at Mirpur on Wednesday.

'Phil Simmons is due on December 9 and he will also be considered for the role of head coach. There are other coaches who are likely to come but that dates are not fixed and it is not certain whether they will come so I don't want to disclose any names,' said Nazmul.

The president, however, was reluctant to make any elaborate explanation when he was asked about the issues which led to Pybus stepping down during his previous stint with Bangladesh cricket. We asked him regarding this matter. He explained his decision from back then and spoke to us about the problems he had.

'I don't want to disclose what he explained to us,' he said."He expressed his own interest 100 percent about coaching the Bangladesh team. He believes that the way that Bangladesh cricket has progressed over the years, any coach would like to work with the board."

The 53-year old England-born coach, who had left the Bangladesh job in October 2012 after serving for only four months, saying that the interference of the then AHM Mustafa Kamal-led board and the terms of his contract made his position untenable.


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