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Miraz
June 24, 2007, 05:14 AM
I have taken a very thought provoking interview of Aminul Islam Bulbul over the weekend. I am very much impressed with his thoughts about Bangladesh Cricket especially domestic cricket.

In the interview he unfolded his thoughts about the much needed developments of domestic infrastructure, Bangladesh’s struggle in Test cricket and his willingness to contribute for Bangladesh cricket.

I will post the interview within couple of days.

Keep coming on this thread for a very special interview.

cricket_pagol
June 24, 2007, 05:20 AM
That's Awesome Miraz Bhai!!! Don't keep us waiting for long!

israr
June 24, 2007, 06:45 AM
Keep coming on this thread for a very special interview.

Thanks for making us(I mean BC members) feel special too, as the interview is exclusive.:saint:

Tehsin
June 24, 2007, 09:49 AM
Thanks for making us(I mean BC members) feel special too, as the interview is exclusive.:saint:

Unless it shows up on Cricinfo. :P

Miraz
June 24, 2007, 10:39 AM
Unless it shows up on Cricinfo. :P

BC version will be always exclusive. :D

Recent Ashraful piece is the classic example.

Kabir
June 24, 2007, 10:52 AM
Unless it shows up on Cricinfo. :P

Or NewAgeBD, without any proper link or mention of authorship.

Kabir
June 24, 2007, 10:53 AM
Recent Ashraful piece is the classic example.

For Ashraful piece, they didn't take your permission? Are you serious?

Miraz
June 24, 2007, 11:06 AM
For Ashraful piece, they didn't take your permission? Are you serious?

You got it wrong. They took my permission and we had communications about the piece.

I am saying about the difference in the two piece. Many of us mentioned that the BC version was more passionate one compared to Cricinfo. :)

Kabir
June 24, 2007, 11:11 AM
I am saying about the difference in the two piece. Many of us mentioned that the BC version was more passionate one compared to Cricinfo. :)

Of course. But sorry, can't ask you "bhabi, apnar hathe ki jaadu ache" coz you're not a radhuni. :D

We can ask, "bhai, apnar kolom e ki modhu ache" coz you're the editor. :-*

Trigger_Tiger
June 24, 2007, 11:21 AM
Jobbor Khobor!

MarufH
June 24, 2007, 10:18 PM
Keep em coming, U ROCK! Bulbul is my fav player... I remember he was the classiest player of his time!

Miraz
June 28, 2007, 09:30 AM
The interview will be published soon as a BC article.

Some key points from the interview in advance for the members.

BanglaCricket : Seven years after awarding Test status, Bangladeshi batsmen are still struggling with technique and temperament. Don’t you think it was enough time to overcome the problem?
Aminul Islam Bulbul: Lack of competitive first class structure is the main reason behind the poor show of our batsmen in the Test arena. Cricket is a mental game; you need to develop required skill, determination and competitiveness from the domestic structure. We are severely lacking in that front. Until we revamp our domestic system we will continue our struggle in the Test arena. Moreover our team is young has got somewhat fragile mindset, they need a full time sports psychologist to cope with the pressures of international cricket. Sports psychology is a very important part of modern cricket that we have ignored till date.
BanglaCricket : We always hear about lack of structure of our domestic cricket. Can you shed some more light into it?
Aminul Islam Bulbul: When we played domestic cricket back in 1990’s, we had a very competitive limited over tournament. Players like Neil Fairbrother, Wasim Akram, and Arjuna Ranatunga regularly played club cricket in Bangladesh. It helped to raise our quality of cricket in one day format and with time we ended up as a good one day team. On the contrary, after gaining Test status, we failed to develop a competitive first class competition. National Cricket League, which is the only 4 day tournament in Bangladesh, is played in a picnic mood. There is lack of planning, facilities and overall format of the National Cricket League which is holding us back. A picnic style first class cricket can never make players ready for the challenges of Test cricket. For that very reason, we are not getting quality players from domestic circuit and are depending on age group players to carry us forward. This type of stop gap solution can only ruin the long term prospect of Bangladesh cricket.
Due to the flawed domestic structure, we do not have sufficient quality player in the pipeline. We don’t have a dedicated Academy team or A team, we are sharing players between the two teams which is not an ideal situation.
BanglaCricket : What are your suggestions to improve the first class cricket structure of Bangladesh?
Aminul Islam Bulbul: BCB must put proper emphasis on the domestic circuit and not the opposite. The cricket development committee should co-ordinate cricket throughout the country and it has to be decentralized through regional cricket centres. Bangladesh Cricket Board had a plan to establish Regional Cricket Centres even before gaining the elite status; we must establish them with proper facilities without any further delay. These regional centres will co-ordinate with District Cricket Associations and will ensure regular local leagues. They will also provide necessary training and facilities to the local authorities to run the show.
BCB should provide coach, physio and trainer for every first class team. They should be properly trained before assigning the responsibilities.
Each divisional team must have their own age group teams and A teams to make the players ready for the top level domestic cricket. In this way players will fight for their places in the first class team of the division and will develop the competitive attitude. I have witnessed this type of first class system in Australia, England and even Sri Lanka have the similar system.
One of the major strengths of Bangladesh cricket is School Cricket. About 1,000 schools participate in each year’s school cricket competition. We must introduce 2 day or 3 day competition for the school cricket. It is the perfect level to develop the temperament for the longer version matches.
BanglaCricket : Bangladesh is trying to emulate Australian Model for the last few years.
Aminul Islam Bulbul: I think it is not ideal for a country like Bangladesh to follow Australia as a model. We should follow Sri Lanka as our model. We must take technical input from Cricket Australia but follow Sri Lanka as a model country.
BanglaCricket : This is something new, everyone seems to be happy in following Australian model, any specific reason behind your difference of opinion?
Aminul Islam Bulbul: Definitely Australian model is the most ideal model for developing cricket in any country, but we have to keep in mind that we are a developing country. We can never provide similar infrastructure and facilities to our youngsters or regional teams. They have very different physical structure, fitness level, ground facilities and are a big spender on developing sports. For us it is almost next to impossible to emulate them properly. On the other hand, Sri Lanka is a sub-continental team, they share similar economic strength, culture and physical structure. They have got a very good domestic structure, very well managed with the limited resources they have. They are doing very well in both format of the game and I believe it would be ideal for Bangladesh to follow Sri Lanka as the role model.
There are much more thoughtful answers from Bulbul, wait until the article is published.

Tigers_eye
June 28, 2007, 09:59 AM
Thanks for keeping us in the fold. Looks like a good one coming up. Keep up the hard work. Miraz bhai.

israr
June 28, 2007, 10:35 AM
Awesome job Miraz bhai. Thanks once again for making us feel special!

SS
June 28, 2007, 10:45 AM
Bulbul mentioned that national league is played in picnic mood.
Fajlamir akta shima thake....playing cricket in picnic mood
amar matha gorom hoiya gese

Miraz
June 28, 2007, 10:49 AM
Bulbul mentioned that national league is played in picnic mood.
Fajlamir akta shima thake....playing cricket in picnic mood
amar matha gorom hoiya gese

Unfortunately that's true. I have got very similar impression after talking with a number of players who are currently playing at National Cricket League.

FaridpurChicago
June 28, 2007, 10:49 AM
Bhai Miraz, I'm eagerly waiting for your article as others although I'm not quite impressed with his idea about cricket. A lot of us can talk about cricketing infrastucture, domestic cricket etc to boost our cricket. There's no doubt about reconstructing these and you don't need to be a genius to say so. A genius is, who can say things that others can't, who can predict things that others can't and who can understand betterment that others can't.

Bulbul is still pretty much having his old frame of mind of "shomman jonok porajoy". He was furious on Faruq for not including Pilot in the world cup. He talked about his inclusion even after the world cup. He talked about including Kapali even. Listening to him will make us fight against Kenya as he/they used to do.

I wish he doesn't get a board job from his big mouth talking.

Tigers_eye
June 28, 2007, 10:51 AM
Picnic mode is created by the management and senior members i presume. Not the young ones. They are fighting for the place. Unless they have backing from the management of not being accountable.

Miraz
June 28, 2007, 10:52 AM
Bhai Miraz, I'm eagerly waiting for your article as others although I'm not quite impressed with his idea about cricket. A lot of us can talk about cricketing infrastucture, domestic cricket etc to boost our cricket. There's no doubt about reconstructing these and you don't need to be a genius to say so. A genius is, who can say things that others can't, who can predict things that others can't and who can understand betterment that others can't.

Bulbul is still pretty much having his old frame of mind of "shomman jonok porajoy". He was furious on Faruq for not including Pilot in the world cup. He talked about his inclusion even after the world cup. He talked about including Kapali even. Listening to him will make us fight against Kenya as he/they used to do.

I wish he doesn't get a board job from his big mouth talking.

Well, I had a very similar mindset before talking with Bulbul. Fortunately I have got a very different picture of Bulbul during the interview. I hope reading the full interview will help in understanding his vision.

Zunaid
June 28, 2007, 11:35 AM
Well, I had a very similar mindset before talking with Bulbul. Fortunately I have got a very different picture of Bulbul during the interview. I hope reading the full interview will help in understanding his vision.

Now they can.

Published and available from the front page or article section. Good set of questions Miraz.

Sohel
June 28, 2007, 11:44 AM
Bulbul knows what's going on, and will make a great coach in 5 years.

FYI: the reliable grapevine has it that he'll be a key component of the BCB think tank once 95% the current bunch of irreparably corrupt clowns are canned within a week or two before being hauled into jail en masse. That would be GREAT for the NCL, and subsequently our cricket as a whole.

SS
June 28, 2007, 11:51 AM
Bulbul knows what's going on, and will make a great coach in 5 years.

FYI: the reliable grapevine has it that he'll be a key component of the BCB think tank once 95% the current bunch of irreparably corrupt clowns are canned within a week or two before being hauled into jail en masse. That would be GREAT for the NCL, and subsequently our cricket as a whole.
If that is killing us..then let it be...but what if they come back again!!!

Sohel
June 28, 2007, 11:54 AM
If that is killing us..then let it be...but what if they come back again!!!

Never again. The changes are structural this time, not cosmetic, and the prison sentences long enough.

Tigers_eye
June 28, 2007, 11:57 AM
Nice interview. BCB had the plans for regional cricket improvement. No plan worth anything unless implemented properly. Our problem is honesty and transparancy. Any fund going to the regional cricket will be eaten up by the so called regional leaders. Sad!!!

I wish we can get bulbul some sort of coaching job on the age based teams. 18 months is too long not to get a response from BCB. If they don't want him they need to have the courtesy to say "no thanks".

WarWolf
June 28, 2007, 12:22 PM
Great interview. A good set of questions and thoughtful answers from Bulbul.

rubel_18
June 28, 2007, 01:56 PM
Thanx Miraz Bhai for taking your time to interview Mr Bulbul, great interview.

Miraz
June 28, 2007, 04:15 PM
Here's the link ...

An interview with Aminul Islam Bulbul
Khondaker Mirazur Rahman
To fans and afficionados of Bangladesh cricket, Aminul Islam needs no introduction. He captained the Bangladesh team in the 1999 World Cup. In the maiden Test versus India in 2000, he scored Bangladesh's first Test Century and remains one of only three to have scored a century on their Test debut. In his interview with BanglaCricket editor Khondaker Mirazur Rahman, he revealed his thoughts about much needed improvements to our domestic infrastructure, Bangladesh’s struggle in Test cricket and his willingness to contribute to Bangladesh cricket.
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Miraz
June 28, 2007, 04:17 PM
It's a shame that BCB is not utilizing the resources they have. I hope reformed BCB will understand the value of Bulbul.

BanglaCricket : What is your future plan and what can you offer to develop the standard of cricket in Bangladesh?
Aminul Islam Bulbul : I returned to Bangladesh in 2006 to serve my country. I have completed a level 2 coaching course from Australia and worked with the New South Wales University team as a coaching staff. I felt Bangladesh cricket needs a person like me while Australia has a sufficient number of trained personnel to work with their cricket. That was the main motivation for my return to Bangladesh. I applied to BCB to work in any suitable position with age group teams, the academy team or the national team. I have specialized myself in batting and leg spin coaching, I am very keen to work but I haven’t yet heard anything official from the BCB. I have guided Abahani Limited to the Premier League Championship in my first big assignment as coach. Cricket is my life and I have to earn my livelihood through it. Now after 14 months I am looking for some overseas job. Bangladesh cricket will always remain as my priority and whenever BCB feels I can contribute in any capacity, I will be ready to serve my country.

Omio
June 28, 2007, 04:36 PM
BanglaCricket : Last question to you. Have you heard about BanglaCricket before?
Aminul Islam Bulbul: Yes, off course. I used to visit BanglaCricket regularly when I was in Australia.


So, most of our player visit BC so often.

MohammedC
June 28, 2007, 04:50 PM
National Picnic League very dissappointed

Aritro
June 28, 2007, 11:50 PM
It's a shame that BCB is not utilizing the resources they have. I hope reformed BCB will understand the value of Bulbul.

How is it possible for the board to pass up the services of a former Bangladeshi Test player who has the Australian coaching qualifications that they've been seeking in all their other coaches?

I'd really like to know what's going on there.

Ridiculous stuff.

Shafin
June 29, 2007, 10:06 AM
His interview clearly shows that he has a totally different attitude to cricket,specially the 'lost generation' part was very thought provoking,I never thought about it like this before.

On "overseas job",is he going to coach a non-test playing country? That'd be great.

Ahmed_B
June 29, 2007, 11:09 AM
Very good interview.
I was kinda disappointed to hear that Aminul got no response from BCB on his interests to work with BD cricket.

Miraz
June 29, 2007, 04:16 PM
It is appearing that a number of memebrs are not following the interview from the front page. I am posting the full interview here. It's really a thought provoking one especilly keeping our struggle in Test cricket in mind.

An interview with Aminul Islam Bulbul
by Khondaker Mirazur Rahman

Published: 28th June, 2007

Aminul Islam Bulbul is only the third batsman in Test cricket history to have scored a century on debut. His 145 against India in November 2000 is the second highest debut score after Australian Charles Bannerman’s 165 back in 1877. Aminul started his career as a professional footballer and played premier league during the golden era of Bangladesh football for Victoria Sporting Club. He was equally proficient in cricket, a neglected sport in Bangladesh at that time. He used to play in the Premier Cricket League for Azad Boys. After getting selected in the ICC Associates XI for the World Youth Cup Cricket Tournament 1988, he seriously thought about taking cricket as a career. A knee ligament injury suffered during a professional football match hastened his decision.

He made his One Day International debut for Bangladesh in the Wills Asia Cup 1988 match against India at Chittagong. 11 years later he rose to the helm of Bangladesh cricket and captained Bangladesh in the 1999 World Cup. Bangladesh’s success in the 1999 world cup paved the way for their Test status. And on their debut Test agaunst India Aminul labored out a nine hour 145 with an amazing display of concentration and stroke play. He considers this innnings as the highest point of his career. Like many other Bangladeshi batsmen, he failed to build on his promising start and only managed two other 50’s in his 13 Test career. A poor run of form in 2002 saw a premature end to the career of one of the most polished batsman of Bangladesh Cricket.

After retiring from International Cricket, Aminul went to Australia where he played district cricket and worked as a coaching staff for the New South Wales University alongside Geoff Lawson and Michael Slater. After completing a level 2 coaching course in Australia, he returned to Bangladesh in 2006 to help raise the standard of cricket in Bangladesh. In his first two coaching assignments, he masterminded Abahani Limited to Premier League glory after a 7 year hiatus and also led Acme Laboratories to their first ever corporate league title. In his interview with BanglaCricket editor Khondaker Mirazur Rahman, he revealed his thoughts about the much needed development of domestic infrastructure, Bangladesh’s struggle in Test cricket and his willingness to contribute for Bangladesh cricket.

<TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 width=260 align=right border=0><TBODY><TR><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 width="100%" bgColor=#cccccc border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>http://www.cricinfo.com/db/PICTURES/CMS/41500/41528.jpg</TD></TR><TR><TD><TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=5 width="100%" border=0><TBODY><TR><TD>Aminul made history in the inaugural Test for Bangladesh © Cricinfo


</TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE></TD></TR></TBODY></TABLE>BanglaCricket : You are the first Test centurion for Bangladesh which came in our debut Test match. After that Bangladesh have played 45 Test matches and managed only 11 more centuries. What is the reason behind such a poor show?

Aminul Islam Bulbul: It is really unfortunate that Bangladeshi batsmen failed to transform their starts into big scores throughout their international career. I think lack of technique and temperament are the main reasons behind the inconsistency. Only Habibul Bashar has shown some temperament required for Test cricket, but others have failed to follow him.

BanglaCricket : Seven years after awarding Test status, Bangladeshi batsmen are still struggling with technique and temperament. Don’t you think this was long enough to have overcome the problem?

Aminul Islam Bulbul: Lack of competitive first class structure is the main reason behind the poor show of our batsmen in the Test arena. Cricket is a mental game; you need to develop the required skills, determination and competitiveness from the domestic arena. We are severely lacking in that front. Until we revamp our domestic system we will continue to struggle in the Test arena. Moreover, our team is young has a somewhat fragile mindset. They need a full time sports psychologist to cope with the pressures of international cricket. Sports psychology is a very important part of modern cricket that we have ignored.

BanglaCricket : We always hear about lack of proper structure in our domestic cricket. Can you shed some more light into it?

Aminul Islam Bulbul: When we played domestic cricket back in 1990’s, we had a very competitive limited overs tournament. Players like Neil Fairbrother, Wasim Akram, and Arjuna Ranatunga regularly played club cricket in Bangladesh. It helped to raise our quality of cricket in the one day format and with time we ended up as a good one day team. On the contrary, after gaining Test status, we failed to develop a competitive first class competition. The National Cricket League, which is the only 4 day tournament in Bangladesh, is played in a picnic mood. There is lack of planning, facilities and overall format of the National Cricket League. This is holding us back. A picnic style first class cricket can never make players ready for the challenges of Test cricket. For that very reason, we are not getting quality players from the domestic circuit and are depending on age group players to carry us forward. This type of stop gap solution can only ruin the long term prospects of Bangladesh cricket.
Due to the flawed domestic structure, we do not have sufficient number of quality players in the pipeline. We don’t have a dedicated Academy or A team. We are sharing players between the two teams and that is not an ideal situation.

BanglaCricket : Why do you think that there is a lack of competitiveness in the National cricket League format and why are you branding it as picnic cricket?

Aminul Islam Bulbul: If you have a close look at the domestic first class cricket, you will see no players are raised through the regional system. In fact there is no regional system in place at all. All players are playing in the Dhaka leagues and national selectors are distributing those players to the different divisional teams. One player playing for one division this year might play for another division in the very next season. Nothing is regional based, and players do not have any commitment for the region they are playing. It is like playing for the sake of playing as national cricket league participation is a pre-condition for national selection. They are getting very poor payment or no payment at all. You cannot expect competitiveness under such conditions. Regional or first class teams are not grooming any players for the future and everything is too Dhaka based.

BanglaCricket : Historically Dhaka was the center of Bangladesh cricket, but players always came from different divisions.

Aminul Islam Bulbul: In the pre-Test era, we had regular local leagues in most of the districts and a good number of players came from districts like Chittagong, Mymensingh, Rajshahi and Sylhet. After gaining Test status, the administrators ignored the local leagues and mostly paid attention to the international tours and schedules. Unfortunately, after the introduction of National Cricket League in 2000-01, the local leagues graduallt died down and now are irregular in most of the districts. Cricket became more and more centralized to Dhaka; ideally the situation should have been the opposite. For this reason, the regional teams have no reservoir of players to represent in the National Cricket League and have to depend on the centrally made selection process.

BanglaCricket : What are your suggestions for improving the first class cricket structure of Bangladesh?
Aminul Islam Bulbul: BCB must put proper emphasis on the domestic circuit and not just on the opposite. The cricket development committee should co-ordinate cricket throughout the country and it has to be decentralized through regional cricket centres. Bangladesh Cricket Board had a plan of establishing Regional Cricket Centers even before gaining elite status; we must establish them with proper facilities without any further delay. These regional centers will co-ordinate with District Cricket Associations and will ensure regular local leagues. They will also provide necessary training and facilities to the local authorities to run the show.

BCB should provide properly trained coaches, physios and trainers for every first class team.
Each divisional team must have their own age group teams and A teams to make the players ready for the top level in domestic cricket. In this way, players will fight for their places in the first class team of the division and will develop their competitive attitude. I have witnessed this type of first class system in Australia and England. Even Sri Lanka has a similar system.

One of the major strengths of Bangladesh cricket is school cricket. About one thousand schools participate in each year’s school cricket competition. We must introduce 2 day or 3 day competition for school cricket. It is the perfect level to develop the temperament for the longer version matches.

BanglaCricket : Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) is working with Cricket Australia to develop the standard of cricket.

Aminul Islam Bulbul: This is an excellent initiative and we have to make sure that we are getting most out of it. We need more of our coaches trained by the Australians and we must employ these coaches to work with the regional teams at the grass root level. We have plenty of players around the country. We need to work with their techniques and for that we need more quality coaches that we are severely lacking.

BanglaCricket : Bangladesh is trying to emulate the Australian Model for the last few years.

Aminul Islam Bulbul: I think it is not ideal for a country like Bangladesh to follow Australia as a model. We should follow Sri Lanka as our model. We must take technical input from Cricket Australia but follow Sri Lanka as a model country.

BanglaCricket : This is something new. Everyone seems to be happy in following the Australian model. Any specific reasons for your difference of opinion?

Aminul Islam Bulbul: Definitely the Australian model is the most ideal model for developing cricket in any country, but we have to keep in mind that we are a developing country. We can never provide similar infrastructure and facilities to our youngsters or regional teams. They have very different physical structure, fitness level, ground facilities and are a big spender on developing sports. For us it is almost next to impossible to emulate them properly. On the other hand, Sri Lanka being a sub-continental team share similar economic strengths, culture and physical structure. They have got a very good domestic structure which is very well managed with the limited resources they have. They are doing very well in both formats of the game and I believe it would be ideal for Bangladesh to follow Sri Lanka as the role model.

BanglaCricket : Batting remains the major concern for Bangladesh in Tests. How can pur players sort out their batting woes and how can Bangladesh improve their Test performances?

Aminul Islam Bulbul: We need specialized batting coaches for the national teams, A teams and age group teams. There are no other alternative or short cut routes. Players need to work hard in the nets and at the same time they need proper guidance. BCB is conducting nationwide pacer hunt program, I think we also need a nationwide batting camp to develop the required batting skills at the grass root level. One more thing, I strongly feel we should conduct a nationwide spinner hunt program to increase the variety of our bowling. We have too many slow left arm bowlers but no right hand off-spinners or leg spinners. Without quality off spinners or leg spinnesr, it will be difficult for us to become competitive in the Test arena.

However, to develop batting skills, a major overhaul is needed in the domestic wicket types. Keeping the natural sub-continental wickets in some first class venues, BCB must prepare some sporting wickets which will offer pace and bounce. Only then players will be exposed to different level of challenges and will be able to acclimatize to different conditions.

BCB have made an excellent decision by forming a national cricket academy. A good number of batsmen playing for academy have got a better temperament for longer version matches and will help to consolidate Bangladesh’s Test batting in future.

BanglaCricket : The Bangladesh team has too many youngsters and the senior players like Habibul Bashar, Khaled Mashud or Mohammad Rafique are on the verge of retirement. Do you think it is an ideal situation for a developing cricket country like Bangladesh?

Aminul Islam Bulbul: We can look into the matter in two ways. While young attacking players can be a blessing in the ODI team, the same cannot be said for the Test team. There is no alternative to experienced players in Test cricket. We have a “lost generation” of cricketers who should be given another opportunity to prove their mettle in the international arena. Players like Hannan Sarker, Al Shahriar and Alok Kapali should be given sufficient opportunity before dumping them out permanently. They are all exciting players and consistent performers in domestic cricket. If they have any specific weaknesses, BCB should work with them to sort that out. They can be really handy in Test matches and have a lot of cricket left in them.

BanglaCricket : Your comment about Dav Whatmore's tenure as Bangladesh coach.

Aminul Islam Bulbul: Dav is my very good friend for the last 20 years. He is a sincere and dedicated coach. We have definitely progressed during his 4 years tenure but the development as a team was not very significant. He failed to sort out our weaknesses in Test cricket and paid more emphasize on One-Day cricket.

BanglaCricket : Recently Bangladesh handed the captaincy to Mohammad Ashraful and he is leading Bangladesh in Sri Lanka.

Aminul Islam Bulbul: Mohammad Ashraful is a performer captain and BCB made a very good decision by selecting him. He is a gutsy young boy and I believe he can take Bangladesh to a new heights. I am wishing him good luck in his first assignment, which is a difficult one, and I believe Bangladesh will do much better in Sri Lanka. Ashraful should play for wins and I think we will be able to draw at least one Test.

BanglaCricket : What is your future plan and what can you offer to develop the standard of cricket in Bangladesh?

Aminul Islam Bulbul : I returned to Bangladesh in 2006 to serve my country. I have completed a level 2 coaching course from Australia and worked with the New South Wales University team as a coaching staff. I felt Bangladesh cricket needs a person like me while Australia has a sufficient number of trained personnel to work with their cricket. That was the main motivation for my return to Bangladesh. I applied to BCB to work in any suitable position with age group teams, the academy team or the national team. I have specialized myself in batting and leg spin coaching, I am very keen to work but I haven’t yet heard anything official from the BCB. I have guided Abahani Limited to the Premier League Championship in my first big assignment as coach. Cricket is my life and I have to earn my livelihood through it. Now after 14 months I am looking for some overseas job. Bangladesh cricket will always remain as my priority and whenever BCB feels I can contribute in any capacity, I will be ready to serve my country.

BanglaCricket : Last question to you. Have you heard about BanglaCricket before?

Aminul Islam Bulbul: Yes, off course. I used to visit BanglaCricket regularly when I was in Australia.

BanglaCricket : Thank you very much for your valuable time and thoughts about Bangladesh cricket.

Aminul Islam Bulbul: Thank you.

MarufH
June 29, 2007, 11:45 PM
Now after 14 months I am looking for some overseas job. Bangladesh cricket will always remain as my priority and whenever BCB feels I can contribute in any capacity, I will be ready to serve my country.

SEE? What is BCB doing? I wish he could lead our academic team as a coach....

cricket_king
June 30, 2007, 03:00 AM
I think it is not ideal for a country like Bangladesh to follow Australia as a model. We should follow Sri Lanka as our model. We must take technical input from Cricket Australia but follow Sri Lanka as a model country.

Definitely the Australian model is the most ideal model for developing cricket in any country, but we have to keep in mind that we are a developing country. We can never provide similar infrastructure and facilities to our youngsters or regional teams. They have very different physical structure, fitness level, ground facilities and are a big spender on developing sports. For us it is almost next to impossible to emulate them properly. On the other hand, Sri Lanka being a sub-continental team share similar economic strengths, culture and physical structure. They have got a very good domestic structure which is very well managed with the limited resources they have. They are doing very well in both formats of the game and I believe it would be ideal for Bangladesh to follow Sri Lanka as the role model.

Wow.....that was unexpected......not sure i agree with it.

Miraz
July 1, 2007, 01:35 AM
Bulbul bhai again started visiting BanglaCricket.

We can invite him for a chat.

AsifTheManRahman
July 1, 2007, 01:40 AM
Or ask him to sign up.

Miraz
July 1, 2007, 01:43 AM
Or ask him to sign up.

May be he has already signed up but not disclosing his identity.

Sohel
July 1, 2007, 03:12 AM
I'm looking forward to having our first test centurian being included in the new BCB think tank, at whatever official capacity except head coach during this particular stage in our cricket.

Miraz
July 2, 2007, 05:17 PM
Aminul is probably getting a coaching job with Bangladesh U-17 team. Apparently the interview helped to break the silence from BCB's end.

Hopefully he will get the job and there will be no twist like before. He has lot to offer and we should utilize that.

ammark
July 2, 2007, 05:22 PM
That is excellent news Miraz Bhai. Great to hear this.

But it is unfortunate that BCB is apparently such a slacker organisation to have kept Bulbul hanging like this, only to respond after reading this interview. This is simply unacceptable and wholly unprofessional of BCB. It is high time heads start rolling in BCB.

Miraz
July 2, 2007, 05:26 PM
That is excellent news Miraz Bhai. Great to hear this.

My personal opinion is something different. Age group cricketers should be coached by Australians like Shaun Williams or someone similar. Aminul should be made the coach of a first class team (say Dhaka Division) with the responsibility of regional cricket centre like he mentioned in his interview. In that case he could have used his overseas/Australian experience to develop the domestic infrastructure.

Kabir
July 2, 2007, 05:30 PM
That's a great achievement. Congrats to Bulbul, and to Miraz bhai for the interview, which has finally reached BCB's end.

Hope they see McInnes' interview too :(

ammark
July 2, 2007, 05:30 PM
My personal opinion is something different. Age group cricketers should be coached by Australians like Shaun Williams or someone similar. Aminul should be made the coach of a first class team (say Dhaka Division) with the responsibility of regional cricket centre like he mentioned in his interview. In that he could have used his overseas/Australian experience to develop the domestic infrastructure.

I see your point. I dont have an educated opinion on this matter. I was thinking more along the lines of how Bulbul applied for a position to work with Bangladesh Cricket, but instead he was not given any response. Maybe ideally Bulbul would be better suited in establishing a more decentralised cricket administration structure, or improve the first class structure in BD as you say, as this is the insight he shared with us.

I am currently happy to hear that this interview has prompted a response, now that you bring it up - yes maybe the response is not wholly appropriate.

Miraz
July 2, 2007, 05:34 PM
That's a great achievement. Congrats to Bulbul, and to Miraz bhai for the interview, which has finally reached BCB's end.

Hope they see McInnes' interview too :(

Probably BCB is more interested in Siddons. I don't know the vision of the reformists who will take the charge of BCB within couple of weeks. Present bunch is not that interested to appoint McInnes as the head coach.

Don't be surprised if you see Siddons-McInnes duo as head coach and assistant coach.

Kabir
July 2, 2007, 06:16 PM
Don't be surprised if you see Siddons-McInnes duo as head coach and assistant coach.

I'll be extremely surprised if this happens, actually. Why would McInnes transform himself from Buchanan's assitant with Team Australia to Siddon's assistant with Bangladesh? That's like demoting himself, to say the least. But that doesn't mean I won't be happy if there's a Siddons-McInnes duo.

The only way I see this happen is by appointing McInnes as the chief analyst (video and other technique related). That might convince him.

economist
July 8, 2007, 02:33 PM
i would like to take this opportunity to thank miraz for his candid interview with bulbul. it was an intriguing interview indeed and i wholehearedly agree with his takes on the current and future state of bangladesh cricket. i think he just hit the nail right on the head in terms of why bangladesh's cricket have failed to produce reasonable performance so far.

obviously hiring a good foriegn coach is a step into the right direction but in order to capitalize coach's full capabilities and potential we have no other option but to focus on what bulbul emphasized during his interview with miraz that we got to develop infrastructure, very competetive country wide league, participation of foreign players and introducing 2/3 days game in school level cricket (Nirman Cricket, if anyone remembers). introducing 2/3 days match in the school level would be the breeding ground for developing test playing mentality for the batsman because that is the best time to internalize this kind of cognitive skills and when they move to the senior level @ 18/20 years old, this would become habit and would improve batsman's reflex dramatically.

Again, thanks bulbul and miraz for the insight, bulbul keep up the good work and history will do you a justice! just remember there is a life after BCB.

Kabir
July 8, 2007, 02:42 PM
Why did you need a new thread for this? We already have a thread on this don't we?

Orion
July 8, 2007, 03:11 PM
We are having a thread opening race here. All the new members are opening one thread after another. Moderators should look into it and delete the irrelevant threads.

AsifTheManRahman
July 8, 2007, 03:28 PM
Threads merged. Let's try to keep discussions on a particular topic restricted to existent/relevant threads.

-mod.action

scorpion32
July 8, 2007, 04:15 PM
My personal opinion is something different. Age group cricketers should be coached by Australians like Shaun Williams or someone similar. Aminul should be made the coach of a first class team (say Dhaka Division) with the responsibility of regional cricket centre like he mentioned in his interview. In that case he could have used his overseas/Australian experience to develop the domestic infrastructure.

Miraz bhai I think that's a good idea.
I have a question though. I think everyone accepts that the presence of foreign players in our first division league in early nineties were very helpful for players to get competitive in one day games. Now everyone talks a lot about fixing structures in 4 day matches but without playing against quality bowlers our batsmen will never learn anything and its a fact that we don't have that many quality bowlers in our country. So to me allowing quality foreign players(specially bowlers) in our national league is a must to make progress. Anyone thinking about that?

Miraz
July 8, 2007, 05:09 PM
Miraz bhai I think that's a good idea.
I have a question though. I think everyone accepts that the presence of foreign players in our first division league in early nineties were very helpful for players to get competitive in one day games. Now everyone talks a lot about fixing structures in 4 day matches but without playing against quality bowlers our batsmen will never learn anything and its a fact that we don't have that many quality bowlers in our country. So to me allowing quality foreign players(specially bowlers) in our national league is a must to make progress. Anyone thinking about that?

Very good point bro and BCB has already taken decision to allow first class team to register three foreign players and one can play in each game. Foreign players must be bowlers having first class experience.

kalpurush
July 9, 2007, 12:05 AM
Bulbul knows what's going on, and will make a great coach in 5 years.


Agree with reasonable doubts!:D

Eshen
August 31, 2007, 07:21 PM
I have read Bulbul's interview with great interest. Thanks to Miraz for such an excellent piece.

My two cents on decentralization:

It does not make sense to me. For betterment of Bangladesh cricket, I believe we need a strong centralized professional league, and Dhaka premier league is currently serving that purpose. Bulbul himself said how DPL has helped us to gain international status. After all those years, DPL is still far far ahead of other leagues in the country in terms of popularity, competitiveness, organizational and financial strength.

Bulbul suggests us to follow the Sri Lankan model. Well, SL cricket thrives on a Colombo based club league and their board have no problem giving FC and List-A status to matches involving those clubs.The board had organized few provincial leagues in recent past, but after seeing how unpopular those leagues were, they abandoned the idea.

I don't think Bangladesh is big enough (unlike Australia or India) to be broken into regions. I don't see any problem cricketers, who want to take the sport as a profession, commuting to Dhaka even if they don't live there.

Regardless what a cricket crazy nation we are, I don't think we have the financial strength to support more than one professional league (Corporate league is a very relevant proof here). Also, by making the players play for three different teams in three different leagues (CCL, DPL, and NCL) in the same season, we are hampering the players from developing the sense of belonging to one team.

By ignoring the DPL (and trying to promote a picnic league according to Bulbul), BCB have actually weakened the strength of our domestic structure in last few years. What they need to do is to pour more money into DPL and ask the clubs to start a FC league in parallel to existing oneday and twenty20 leagues. Clubs should be also told to start age levels teams to groom talents.

One objection against DPL is that it has too many teams and teams such as Old DOHS and Indira Road have big strength difference. Well, this problem can be solved by breaking the teams into two tiers with promotion and relagation (like English county league).

This does not mean leagues outside Dhaka should be ignored. BCB should also make it a priority to revive leagues in places like Chittagong, Mymensingh, Khulna, Rajshahi, and Sylhet. If financially possible, BCB should encourage top clubs from those areas to join Dhaka first division and try to gain entry into DPL (like Young Pegasus from Rajshahi did).

BCB can also continue to run a league for division/district based teams excluding DPL players that will help them spot talents outside DPL.

PS: I was born and brought up in a city 200 km away from Dhaka. I can assure you that there is no reason to think I am emotionally biased towards our capital city.

Eshen
September 22, 2007, 03:34 PM
Bulbul finally found a decent job, but not from BCB.

AMINUL ISLAM IS NEW ACC DEVELOPMENT OFFICER (http://asiancricket.org/h_0907_aminul.cfm)
Aminul Islam, an international cricketer for Bangladesh for 17 years, has joined the ACC as their fifth Development Officer.

The countries under his remit as ACC Development Officer are Brunei, China and Myanmar. His first assignment is in Chongqing for the Chinese Cricket Association.