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rinathq
February 29, 2012, 10:26 AM
I would just like to congratulate Ian Pont on this remarkable achievement. I never had the doubt that he was the best coach we have ever had. But this should prove it to the rest who were not convinced. Look at Law! His team stands last and in contrast Ian Pont stands at the top. Yes he had some great players but I still believe the sides were pretty evenly matched and its a remarkable feat for Ian Pont to pull it off.

Also, we saw Ian giving chances to all the local lads to shine and I think he contributed to Mashrafe's speedy recovery. Credits goes to him for an improved display of batting by Ashraful. Because when everyone else failed, Ian Pont presented us the old Ashraful.


Thank You Ian and hope you head the national team soon! :clap:

Naimul_Hd
February 29, 2012, 10:30 AM
Gotta admit

Ian Pont >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Stuart Law.

But not sure about your this statement though

I never had the doubt that he was the best coach we have ever had.

He was barely a bowlig coach for us, and that too for few months. To make such bold statement, you gotta take considerable amount of time and work scope.

playmaker
February 29, 2012, 10:33 AM
Well, Dhaka spent a lot money, ajmal, nazir, mahmood, pollard, afridi, ash, sunny, mortaza, anamul...this is a champion team

Zeeshan
February 29, 2012, 05:57 PM
Ian always wins...always.

Zunaid
February 29, 2012, 06:10 PM
Well, Dhaka spent a lot money, ajmal, nazir, mahmood, pollard, afridi, ash, sunny, mortaza, anamul...this is a champion team

So did they all. The delta wasn't that much. Some bought smartly and some didn't.

Congrats Ian. Please also pass on our felicitations to the rest of the support staff and the players themselves.

reyme
February 29, 2012, 06:15 PM
Ian Pont proved why he is the best coach in this tournament. Congrats Coach!

Night_wolf
February 29, 2012, 11:11 PM
Ian always wins...always.

ian and ash=lethal combo

Tiger444
February 29, 2012, 11:15 PM
Gotta love coach Ian's passion for Bangladesh cricket. Also don't forget coach Fountain. These 2 really do care for our players and want them to be great. Hopefully they'll coach more in Bangladesh and not just the BPL.

AsifTheManRahman
February 29, 2012, 11:58 PM
Congratulations coach! As Julien would say, "Robinnnn...good win good win good win". Or was it Grant?

Rabz
March 1, 2012, 12:06 AM
Congrats to coach Pont.
A remarkable achievement this is.
DG is an one strong team.
Mash, Ash and the local lads Sunny, Anamul, M H Rubel, Dhiman to go with internationl stars like Pollard, Azhar Mahmood, Imran Nazir, Rana Naved and then the later addition of Afridi and Azmal, it would have a shame if this team wasn't the champion.

Still, you had to be the champions and congrats on job well done coach.

patriot
March 1, 2012, 03:33 AM
Congrats Ian , and please visit the Bangladesh Cricket Boards career section from time to time . There is a big vacancy coming up after the Asia cup.

jeesh
March 1, 2012, 10:19 AM
Hope so Patriot :D

MarufH
March 1, 2012, 10:34 AM
Congrats Ian. I was curious what you said to the boys before going into the field in finals. Great huddle BTW.

kalpurush
March 1, 2012, 12:26 PM
A fantastic achievement Ian. Yopu have coached and motivated the team superbly.

Congrats my coach :)

Rifat H
March 1, 2012, 12:32 PM
Congratz Ian Chacha !!

https://yfrog.com/och1nzyj:tw1

simon
March 2, 2012, 10:39 AM
congratulations Ian.
I think he is very friendly with players & knows how to motivate the team, these are very good qualities for any coach.
And also he played a very important role in auction picking up the players known as T20 specialists, and also kudos to the Dhaka owners who spent lot of money. :up:

Ian Pont
March 2, 2012, 11:15 AM
I just wanted to say a big thank you for all the well-wishers here and the many 100s of others personally and on FB. One thing for sure is that the BPL has captured the interest of us all.

Here is the Final report I have sent to BCF that might be posted already elsewhere:

"We peaked at the right time and maintained the momentum to the end. This is my overview of why we won the BPL Title in its first year. But the secret I think was that we were able to cleverly utlise and back our local domestic players.

I want to give very special shout outs here to a few people. Firstly, to Mashrafe as a player and top Gladiator. What people don't realise is he was in pain most days and had to manage that issue. Yet he wanted to carry on and wanted to lead the team by example. He typified the Gladiator spirit of never say die and in the process, proved that he is still the best fast bowler in Bangladesh cricket. I cannot thank him higher than from my heart. It was a complete pleasure to work with him.

Next, my shout out goes to Ashraful. He showed his sheer class when batting and we were able to get the very best out of him in a way that hasn't happened for quite a while. His approach to batting was tremendous. Whether we used him as an effective opener or as a good middle order option, he gave us reliability in what is an unreliable T20 art.

Elias Sunny just grew and grew as the BPL went on. He took key wickets at important times and managed to bowl with immense control despite an onslaught attempt from some big hitting overseas players. For me he has proven he is the best slow left arm spinner at this form of the game in Bangladesh right now.

Anamul Bijoy I predict is going to be a super little cricketer. He kept wicket well, wasn't fazed when we moved him to field so we could play Dhimon Ghosh as an extra batter and then looked tremendously stylish, hitting two 40s when they were needed. The manner of his cricket heartens me and provided he maintains a love for the game and a passion for hard work, he has a glittering future ahead.

We successfully involved all of our squad and tried to blend then into a cohesive unit. This wasn't easy. Illness and injuries often rocked the squad and I know than fans didn't always know why certain players had to be selected. MH Rubel spent a week in bed for example, Nazmul had fever, so did Merhab. These issues directly affected the make up of the team. Other players didn't always grab their chances as I would have hoped. Nazimuddin couldn't quite show his best and neither could Aftab. They both came with high recommendations so I think they will be slightly disappointed themselves with their results. Dhimon came in and gave us a late batting option and looked impressive standing up to the stumps. It's never easy to keep to Afridi and Ajmal when you don't know how they bowl.

My final thanks though goes to Imran Nazir and Azhar Mahmood, who were just superb. Apart from being wonderful team members, they performed as world-class players. Imran hardly put a foot wrong towards the middle and end of the competition, and Azhar proved why he is playing in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab with some match-saving and winning all round performances. Rana Naved, who played the whole BPL with a busted finger. stepped up in the second half of the BPL and actually got better as he went on, with reverse swing and clever pace changes. Keiron Pollard gave us some awesome power hitting in the middle and propelled us to victory with huge 6s on more than one occasion. Darren Stevens played the link man at number 4 and was extremely unlucky to have to miss out on the semi and the final as he had been a regular all the way through. He was one of the buys of the auction, as know one else knew him, and he played vital roles in keeping us on track. Alexei Kerveeze didn't really get going but had a couple of chances. He will have learned much from being around the Dhaka camp for almost a month.

The BPL was an entertainment fest from Gayles' electric start in Game One, to Afridi's arrival at the end. In between, some amazing cricket was played by all sides and I want to congratulate other teams for making the event so exciting.

In the end I think we out thought, out played and out muscled the opposition teams. We were not afraid to back the local players. It was never all about the foreigners in our squad. So overall we had the best blend and probably used that blend in the best way. Whilst cricket history is littered with sides winning trophies that may not deserve to, It boils down to who could finish the strongest and hold their nerve in this event. This is ultimately why we probably won the BPL.

When I was appointed head coach we started planning for our squad before the auction. We got the players together 5 days ahead of any other team. We haven't hammered the players with meetings for meetings sake. We tried to keep things fresh and fun. Great support staff, a good franchise and a quality cricketing squad are the ingredients to do well. The Dhaka Gladiators promised entertaining cricket, and regardless of the final result, I think we delivered it.

Thanks to everyone who came out and shouted for us. We salute you."

My final words come from my own website www.maverickscricket.com and it's one of my personal favourite sayings. 'It's not how you start that matters, it's where you finish that counts". In the end, we got that just right.

playmaker
March 2, 2012, 11:29 AM
well done coach!!

Dont know about ur coaching ability in other departments except fast bowling but I truely admire your love for Bangladesh and doing something here

MohammedC
March 2, 2012, 11:33 AM
Congrats Ian for winning. Thanks for excellent review.

TigerEz
March 2, 2012, 04:07 PM
its sad that bcb wont hire him!!!!we already lost fountain cuz pakistan got him :'(

dolcevita
March 2, 2012, 09:49 PM
Thanks for the review Mister Pont , I admire your passion for Bangladesh's cricket , and your passion for the game
We need people like YOU .
Hopefully you will be back next year

Isnaad
March 4, 2012, 06:06 AM
Congrats Ian!

Rifat
March 4, 2012, 11:41 AM
Hasn't there been enough signs already that if there is anyone anyone out there Who deserves the National Coaching job it's him? I mean COME ON!!! not only did The guy even intentionally declared his intentions in public, he constantly comes back to our fan site and even takes up a the BPL Champions coaching role. He clearly has a solid understanding of our players, our cricket culture, and He has been there before....adjustment is not and will not likely be the issue if he does decide to coach our National team. So...What is preventing/has prevented BCB to hire him? Money issue? or other issues? That should not be the issue. For the sake of our cricket + Passion, we can afford to spend that much money. right? He is very result oriented so even though sometimes he may fail like any other human being, it shouldn't take long for him to get the boys back on their feet? right?

I am sorry, this is my way of saying, Thank you IAN :big_hug:

Ian Pont
April 6, 2012, 04:46 PM
Hasn't there been enough signs already that if there is anyone anyone out there Who deserves the National Coaching job it's him? I mean COME ON!!! not only did The guy even intentionally declared his intentions in public, he constantly comes back to our fan site and even takes up a the BPL Champions coaching role. He clearly has a solid understanding of our players, our cricket culture, and He has been there before....adjustment is not and will not likely be the issue if he does decide to coach our National team. So...What is preventing/has prevented BCB to hire him? Money issue? or other issues? That should not be the issue. For the sake of our cricket + Passion, we can afford to spend that much money. right? He is very result oriented so even though sometimes he may fail like any other human being, it shouldn't take long for him to get the boys back on their feet? right?

I am sorry, this is my way of saying, Thank you IAN :big_hug:

I think Stuart bhai has probably proven himself now in the hearts of the fans for a long while.

Thanks for your support though. I am always open to working in Bangladesh as I was with Dhaka Gladiators in the BPL and hopefully showed what can be done when you back the local players fully :)

Let's see what the future holds for us all.

What I can say is that in 60 years, we will all be dust and who will remember us anyway?

ReZ_1
January 9, 2013, 11:00 AM
Hello ian, welcome to bd. everything is perfectly set for you by dhk gladiators. so congrats in advance.....

reyme
January 11, 2013, 03:49 PM
Welcome back Ian!

Dhakablues
January 11, 2013, 04:10 PM
Interestingly, he hasnt posted anything here in recent times after joing the team.. whats up with that? a bit odd to say the least...

Hamlafan
January 11, 2013, 04:23 PM
Interestingly, he hasnt posted anything here in recent times after joing the team.. whats up with that? a bit odd to say the least...

yeah Ian's in a dilema:D

reyme
January 11, 2013, 04:24 PM
Ian is busy.....not to mention some people were mean to him here...but he will be back :)

Hamlafan
January 11, 2013, 04:41 PM
he will be back with a bang.. maybe preparing a welcome back post or by winning the cup

Night_wolf
January 12, 2013, 06:51 AM
Interestingly, he hasnt posted anything here in recent times after joing the team.. whats up with that? a bit odd to say the least...

he'll be back..wait for dhaka to win bpl 2