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Zunaid
October 20, 2012, 02:07 AM
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I had been in communication with Richard McInnis since his return to Bangladesh and was in the process of initiating an interview for BanglaCricket. As I was going to be in Dhaka, I thought I should try to set see if I could do the interview face to face. I then realized that it might be better to start with an informal chat, getting Richard to know more intimately BanglaCricket and its members and for us to open up a friendly long-term channel of communication. Richard is with us for the long haul.

We were initially chatting about having coffee and had arranged to meet at North End Coffee at Baridhara but then I decided to see if we could meet for lunch, as that would allow us more time to chat. Richard readily agreed and suggested the recently opened crepe place Crepe-au-Lait in Gulshan 2. He had not been there before but had heard good things about it. And so it was decided.

I had also asked RabZ and SNR to join us for lunch. Richard was going to finish his training session by 12/12:30 and so would reach the restaurant from Mirpur around 1:30 or so. RabZ picked me up from my office and we headed to the restaurant. The restaurant was set back at the end of Road 58, shares the house with several other restaurants, and specialize grocery, the London Sausage House.

The restaurant itself was on the small side with perhaps about 20 tables. The kitchen was visible to all patrons begin glass windows and we could see the kitchen staff work on their orders. I was starving and so Rabz and I decided to split a crepe while we waited for the others to arrive. We chose the roast beef crepe and it was outstandingly good. Very authentic and both the roast beef and cheese of the highest quality. Sohel arrive soon after and we waited for Richard to join us.

And soon he did. We made the obligatory introductions and sat down to our chat. It has been quite a few days since and my memory is starting to get fuzzy. We did talk about a wide array of things and I would like RabZ and Sohel to chime in and add to this story.

One of the first things we asked him was what did see different from his last stint in Bangladesh. That brought a wry smile to his face and he said “two things”. We have a new building and the technique of players is slightly better.

We spoke about why our players seem to be stuck on a plateau and what he looks for in player. Richard spoke about character and the ability to learn. You have to want to win and you have to be able to learn. Shakib was discussed obviously as the one who has this immense desire to win and no prizes as to whom we touched upon as not having the ability to learn.

We spoke about his current training initiatives, a day in the life of Richard. We talked about selectors and selectoral qualifications and interference. We spoke about the board. We spoke about the other Richard and the board. Incidentally, the two Richards work well together and have the same philosophy – tough love. We spoke about many of the players he has personally worked with. I will let the others chime in and add details.

I did ask him what brought him back. He said, because he wanted to make a difference.

And with that, I stop for now and let the others fill in more.

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MohammedC
October 20, 2012, 02:15 AM
Thank you Dr Z for sharing

Maysun
October 20, 2012, 02:18 AM
Thank you for sharing! :)

Zunaid
October 20, 2012, 02:27 AM
I've only touched on the surface of our conversation. I'm hoping to have Rabz and Sohel chime in too.

kalpurush
October 20, 2012, 02:52 AM
WOW! Rajokio bepar-shepar dekhi!!

Love the restaurant - nice decor and have a rich look! How was the food?
Nice write-ups as well.

Thanks for sharing Zunaid bhai :)

roman
October 20, 2012, 02:52 AM
Thank you so much for sharing Boss. Classy restaurant. Can't wait for Rabz and Sohel bhai's posts...

zinatf
October 20, 2012, 03:28 AM
Finally! Thanks for sharing with us Zunaid bhai as for the others, waiting on their take!

My my! Richard's cute! Too ba he's older and married with 2 kids :-p

firstlane
October 20, 2012, 03:48 AM
The place looks nice. Looks like you had a good time. Thanks for sharing the photos.

AsifTheManRahman
October 20, 2012, 06:52 AM
I was getting disappointed scrolling down until I reached the last picture in the OP and caught a glimpse of the beef crepes.

Coach, please please please beat our sissy bunch up into men. If Nazimuddin still whines about ice baths in what is considered T-shirt weather in many countries, please don't let him get anywhere near the national, A, academy or U19 teams. You have to do this coach, we can't keep losing to Turkmenistan, Luxembourg and Congo second XI everyday. And if you can't get through to these idiots, no one can. If you can't then it pretty much is the end of the dark tunnel for us, the bottom of the bottomless pit, the setting of the sun, 21122012, time to go play danguli with 3 year olds.

35 year old Jahurul Islam (not to confuse with the cricketer, although his real age could be 35 too, who knows?) had nothing to do but bury his face in his palms in shame when one day, at the SBNS, his four year old son Samir (not to confuse with the Chittagong Kings owner, and no, he definitely isn't 4) asked, "Baba, why does Ashraful play juicy half volleys to the hands of cover when even I know how to keep it on the ground? Does he have a learning disability?" This is not the nation Jahirul had dreamt of building for his son. This is not the nation that his forefathers had fought hard for. He now has no option but to send his son to Australia for good, where he is guaranteed to have a better life, devoid of cricketing disappointments. Jahirul might be the father, but I think even I shed a tear that day at the prospect of the breakage of a father-son relationship.

When her high school sports teacher Abul Mokhles pulled one with all his might, 14 year old Fatema Banu flew six feet to her right to catch it in the air with her wrong hand. After the game, she approached her coach with "If I can take that, why does Abul Hassan miss a dolly?"

The question rendered Mokhles speechless, because at the end of the day, being an Abul himself, he couldn't keep the ball on the ground like 4 year old Samir Islam does in his sleep.

Coach, it's getting beyond painful watching these Ashrafuls, Abuls, Nazimuddins, Nafeeses and Mofeezes submit to the Bangkok Retirees XI on every foreign tour. Please coach, bring in the Samir Islams and Fatema Banus, I'm sure there are plenty in a population of (unofficially but realistically) 200 million. Please coach, save our buttocks, because when teams ranked lower than us give us regular wedgies on the cricket pitch, the word humiliation just doesn't cut it. I mean for the fans, I'm sure the players have no shame, at least they don't seem to, except for Shakib.

Coach, when it comes to cricket in Bangladesh, you are God. And if God can't help us, then it's safe to say the devil has taken over. As Leo DiCaprio once said of South Africa in the movie Blood Diamond, "God left this place a long time ago". Please don't let us become DiCaprio's South Africa, coach.

kalpurush
October 20, 2012, 07:11 AM
^^^ Asif, hotash hoyen na!

We just need one good Boss, everything will fall in place, inshAllah.

AbuDarda
October 20, 2012, 10:01 AM
i was getting disappointed scrolling down until i reached the last picture in the op and caught a glimpse of the beef crepes.

Coach, please please please beat our sissy bunch up into men. If nazimuddin still whines about ice baths in what is considered t-shirt weather in many countries, please don't let him get anywhere near the national, a, academy or u19 teams. You have to do this coach, we can't keep losing to turkmenistan, luxembourg and congo second xi everyday. And if you can't get through to these idiots, no one can. If you can't then it pretty much is the end of the dark tunnel for us, the bottom of the bottomless pit, the setting of the sun, 21122012, time to go play danguli with 3 year olds.

35 year old jahurul islam (not to confuse with the cricketer, although his real age could be 35 too, who knows?) had nothing to do but bury his face in his palms in shame when one day, at the sbns, his four year old son samir (not to confuse with the chittagong kings owner, and no, he definitely isn't 4) asked, "baba, why does ashraful play juicy half volleys to the hands of cover when even i know how to keep it on the ground? Does he have a learning disability?" this is not the nation jahirul had dreamt of building for his son. This is not the nation that his forefathers had fought hard for. He now has no option but to send his son to australia for good, where he is guaranteed to have a better life, devoid of cricketing disappointments. Jahirul might be the father, but i think even i shed a tear that day at the prospect of the breakage of a father-son relationship.

When her high school sports teacher abul mokhles pulled one with all his might, 14 year old fatema banu flew six feet to her right to catch it in the air with her wrong hand. After the game, she approached her coach with "if i can take that, why does abul hassan miss a dolly?"

the question rendered mokhles speechless, because at the end of the day, being an abul himself, he couldn't keep the ball on the ground like 4 year old samir islam does in his sleep.

Coach, it's getting beyond painful watching these ashrafuls, abuls, nazimuddins, nafeeses and mofeezes submit to the bangkok retirees xi on every foreign tour. Please coach, bring in the samir islams and fatema banus, i'm sure there are plenty in a population of (unofficially but realistically) 200 million. Please coach, save our buttocks, because when teams ranked lower than us give us regular wedgies on the cricket pitch, the word humiliation just doesn't cut it. I mean for the fans, i'm sure the players have no shame, at least they don't seem to, except for shakib.

Coach, when it comes to cricket in bangladesh, you are god. And if god can't help us, then it's safe to say the devil has taken over. As leo dicaprio once said of south africa in the movie blood diamond, "god left this place a long time ago". Please don't let us become dicaprio's south africa, coach.

হতাশার চুড়ান্ত অভিব্যক্তি!!! হোয়াট আ এলিজি!

PoorFan
October 20, 2012, 10:52 AM
Never thought we have twins in BC!;) The restaurant looks good, wish to be there someday. And from McInnis ... we desperately want result, result ASAP, no lengthy talk gonna save BD cricket, need result, and needed yesterday.

BrianLara7
October 20, 2012, 12:25 PM
No offense but who is who I cant really tell. In the first picture can you tell me what's the name of the 4 people?

Dilscoop
October 20, 2012, 12:32 PM
^ Why 4? Isn't R McInnis a gimme?

firstlane
October 20, 2012, 12:35 PM
^ Seriously? All four? Have you read the posts at all? if you did you would at least know one of them is Richard McINNES.

edit: Ah! Dilu beat me.

cricman
October 20, 2012, 12:39 PM
From left to right

Rabz, Coach, Sohel and Doc Z

Miraz
October 20, 2012, 02:12 PM
Thanks Zunaid bhai for sharing.

MohammedC
October 20, 2012, 04:41 PM
I was getting disappointed scrolling down until I reached the last picture in the OP and caught a glimpse of the beef crepes.


Then ATMR was like :drool: after little while realised he was dreaming and he started to cry.

MarufH
October 20, 2012, 04:55 PM
@Sohle bhai: I love Sohel Bhais look. You are the new BOSS. Lol

@Observer: Thanks for giving BC time. Would you please chime in, too?

@Dr. Z: Tremendous work, thanks!

@Rabz orfe Sydney bhai... I cant wait to hear your masterpiece.

Ajfar
October 20, 2012, 06:34 PM
Sohel bhai be always rocking this 'khandani' swag.

BengaliPagol
October 20, 2012, 06:46 PM
all this class & swag is making my head dizzy.

Zeeshan
October 20, 2012, 07:06 PM
I was starving and so Rabz and I decided to split a crepe while we waited for the others to arrive.

You guys kidding me? You are all like super millionaire with voracious appetite and you "split" a crepe?!!?!? That's like Steve Jobes and Bill Gates meeting up for lunch and having to share a samosa... Sheesh. :p

Edit: That was brilliant post Atimar bhai.

Zeeshan
October 20, 2012, 07:08 PM
https://fbcdn-sphotos-f-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-ash4/391691_479733198733064_51233340_n.jpg

Who is that lonely kid reading book all by himself in a a coffee store? :lol:

Who is that lady who feels she is left out from a "big" party? :lol:

Who is Sohel da pointing to? :lol:

MohammedC
October 20, 2012, 07:09 PM
You guys kidding me? You are all like super millionaire with voracious appetite and you "split" a crepe?!!?!? That's like Steve Jobes and Bill Gates meeting up for lunch and having to share a samosa... Sheesh. :p

:up: This is the post of this thread.

Zunaid
October 20, 2012, 07:38 PM
You guys kidding me? You are all like super millionaire with voracious appetite and you "split" a crepe?!!?!? That's like Steve Jobes and Bill Gates meeting up for lunch and having to share a samosa... Sheesh. :p

Edit: That was brilliant post Atimar bhai.

That was just for an appetizer Zee. We still had our real meal when Richard joined us. This was more like the Koch brothers meet.

simon
October 21, 2012, 05:55 AM
nice post,nice pics.
I thought McInnis would be older but he is actually younger than I thought.
bhaloi lagchey shobaike,bhaloitho khawa dawa,adda,gopshop korchen dekhchi.

ar amaro ekhtha churidar payjama achey like Sohel bhai, specially brought pom BD, kinthu paa dhukaite parina, dekhi ei Eid e ekhba try korbo.

reverse_swing
October 21, 2012, 06:10 AM
Why in Dhaka most of the people carry their phones in-hand, even if they aren't engaging with them. Even McInnis got this syndrome!

Nadim
October 21, 2012, 06:12 AM
Why in Dhaka most of the people carry their phones in-hand, even if they aren't engaging with them. Even McInnis got this syndrome!

Pick pocket everywhere...
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Sohel
October 21, 2012, 06:37 AM
It's always a pleasure to chill with Zunaid, Rabiul and the guys no matter where or with whom. But this lunch with Richard was indeed special. Parts of our conversation may have been too candid to be posted in a public forum, but things said and observations made were neither untrue, nor lacking in the best possible intentions for our cricket and cricketers.

Richard's a true believer and a consummate professional who simply doesn't separate his personal goals from those essential to our genuine and rapid development as a test playing nation. He's well aware of all of the mitigating factors but still wants to make a difference from within. Can't really ask for more than that.

Of course both players and BCB administrators involved in the NCL need to invest more resources and seriousness for it to become what it needs to be (a place where our players can develop into international players capable of sustaining success at the highest level), rather than what it is (a pitifully casual place where one gets away with bad habits and actually gets worse in the process). Players also need to work harder on their own especially when camp is not in session and passionately nurture the desire to succeed at the highest level. Hastily put together and improperly prepared A, Academy and age based teams without a strong NCL will only sustain the exasperating status quo.

Obviously the right people with the right knowledge, passion and skillsets need to be making the decisions that matter from scouting and selection to capitalization and investment. In my opinion, that won't happen as long as local club administrators from the DPL run things because they see the NCL and real decentralization as a threat to their Dhaka enterprise.

We also talked frankly about players like Mohammad Ashraful and Shahriar Nafees. Guys like Nafees Iqbal, Junaid Siddique and Rokibul Hasan were also brought into the conversation as were Jamie Siddons and Ian Pont. On our way to our cars, I asked him who will be our next Tamim-Shakib-Mushfique and he responded without hesitation, "Bijauy-Taskin-Sowan".

Nadim
October 21, 2012, 06:59 AM
Who is Sowan sohel bhai? Nurul hasan sohan?
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kalpurush
October 21, 2012, 07:15 AM
On our way to our cars, I asked him who will be our next Tamim-Shakib-Mushfique and he responded without hesitation, "Bijauy-Taskin-Sowan".
Well, To me, it is Bijauy-Mominul-Sohag-Taskin...
Richard needs to keep his eyes open a bit more! :)


Nice write-ups as usual Sohel bhai :)

zinatf
October 21, 2012, 07:32 AM
Thanks for your take Sohel Bhai!

off-topic Gosh! Too bad, RM's not younger and single ;)

Sohel
October 21, 2012, 07:44 AM
Who is Sowan sohel bhai? Nurul hasan sohan?
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Yes. So his name is Sohan. I thought it was as spelled in the official roster. Then again, Dickens is spelled Decans according to those rules :lol:

I definitely want to check this kid out now.

Nadim
October 21, 2012, 07:48 AM
Yes. So his name is Sohan. I thought it was as spelled in the official roster. Then again, Dickens is spelled Decans according to those rules :lol:

I definitely want to check this kid out now.

Heard he is the best wicket keeper in the country, but batting is not great but still better than Dhiman, Mithun, Sahin and others. Failed miserably in the u19 wc tho
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AsifTheManRahman
October 21, 2012, 10:42 AM
I thought McInnis would be older but he is actually younger than I thought.

Still in his thirties I believe. Remember, he never had much of a playing career and has been coaching since he was very young.

observer
October 21, 2012, 10:55 AM
Hi all,

Will try to answer the important question first - "why do i carry my phone?". The samsung phones are practically unlockable and if you put them in your pocket, for sure you will be ringing someone without realising it.

IN relation to next generation of players, i was asked who i rated out of the last U19 group, hence selected a few players i knew from that group. At this early stage i have not seen all the players yet, but from what i have seen these guys impressed me. Shuhon is the U19 wicket keeper who made some runs today also for Dhaka in tough batting conditions. I invited him to train with us in Khulna in prep for the practice match against WIHPC and i liked his attitude and talent. so only a brief encounter with him, but he impressed me. Bijoy and Taskin have obvious talent, but they also both have a great drive to succeed which is essential.

I have seen quite a few players who i worked with previously and great to see guys start the season well. Regardless of the various issues with first class cricket, the players job is still to take wickets and make runs, so pleasing to see some of the fringe guys record some strong performances in round 1. I am looking forward to more.

Regards

iDumb
October 21, 2012, 12:04 PM
i think that that girl in the back in checking out our foreign coach... feel bad for the guy (her father? or really old husband) sitting across.

anyways, my q to richard bhai, where do you shop? you buy clothes from aus and bring it? or buying from bd?

i like that shirt...

iDumb
October 21, 2012, 12:08 PM
Finally! Thanks for sharing with us Zunaid bhai as for the others, waiting on their take!

My my! Richard's cute! Too ba he's older and married with 2 kids :-p

and??????

i dnt know how his wife let this guy roam around in dhaka...lol...need to be really strong and secured minded...

M.H.Rubel
October 21, 2012, 12:11 PM
This is the cricinfo profile of Nurul Hasan Shown, but not much. .
www.espncricinfo.com/bangladesh-domestic-2012/content/player/410765.html

Razi
October 21, 2012, 02:17 PM
A little correction, most of us here are getting Richard's name wrong including the thread title, it's McInnes not McInnis!

i_1_primeval_man
October 21, 2012, 10:22 PM
I was getting disappointed scrolling down until I reached the last picture in the OP and caught a glimpse of the beef crepes.

Coach, please please please beat our sissy bunch up into men. If Nazimuddin still whines about ice baths in what is considered T-shirt weather in many countries, please don't let him get anywhere near the national, A, academy or U19 teams. You have to do this coach, we can't keep losing to Turkmenistan, Luxembourg and Congo second XI everyday. And if you can't get through to these idiots, no one can. If you can't then it pretty much is the end of the dark tunnel for us, the bottom of the bottomless pit, the setting of the sun, 21122012, time to go play danguli with 3 year olds.

35 year old Jahurul Islam (not to confuse with the cricketer, although his real age could be 35 too, who knows?) had nothing to do but bury his face in his palms in shame when one day, at the SBNS, his four year old son Samir (not to confuse with the Chittagong Kings owner, and no, he definitely isn't 4) asked, "Baba, why does Ashraful play juicy half volleys to the hands of cover when even I know how to keep it on the ground? Does he have a learning disability?" This is not the nation Jahirul had dreamt of building for his son. This is not the nation that his forefathers had fought hard for. He now has no option but to send his son to Australia for good, where he is guaranteed to have a better life, devoid of cricketing disappointments. Jahirul might be the father, but I think even I shed a tear that day at the prospect of the breakage of a father-son relationship.

When her high school sports teacher Abul Mokhles pulled one with all his might, 14 year old Fatema Banu flew six feet to her right to catch it in the air with her wrong hand. After the game, she approached her coach with "If I can take that, why does Abul Hassan miss a dolly?"

The question rendered Mokhles speechless, because at the end of the day, being an Abul himself, he couldn't keep the ball on the ground like 4 year old Samir Islam does in his sleep.

Coach, it's getting beyond painful watching these Ashrafuls, Abuls, Nazimuddins, Nafeeses and Mofeezes submit to the Bangkok Retirees XI on every foreign tour. Please coach, bring in the Samir Islams and Fatema Banus, I'm sure there are plenty in a population of (unofficially but realistically) 200 million. Please coach, save our buttocks, because when teams ranked lower than us give us regular wedgies on the cricket pitch, the word humiliation just doesn't cut it. I mean for the fans, I'm sure the players have no shame, at least they don't seem to, except for Shakib.

Coach, when it comes to cricket in Bangladesh, you are God. And if God can't help us, then it's safe to say the devil has taken over. As Leo DiCaprio once said of South Africa in the movie Blood Diamond, "God left this place a long time ago". Please don't let us become DiCaprio's South Africa, coach.

You've a very bright future in satirical writing and 'roummo rochona', I'm telling you ATMR.
And it's great to see the coach with BC crew. Thanks for sharing. I'm also happy that RM sees some potential in Taskin. We desperately need some good fast bowling prospects.

auntu
October 22, 2012, 01:52 AM
Nice place, nice writing Boss and nice reply from Observer.

meazz1
October 22, 2012, 10:24 AM
It's great to finally see the faces behind the posts we see everyday.
Glad you shared with us.

betaar
October 22, 2012, 04:55 PM
That was just for an appetizer Zee. We still had our real meal when Richard joined us. This was more like the Koch brothers meet.

Zunaid bhai is not denying that he's a millionaire. Why not buy a BC franchise in NCL? :)

Man, I miss Dhaka....for all those mouthwatering restuarants though I just got back a few months ago.

betaar
October 22, 2012, 04:58 PM
Hi all,

Will try to answer the important question first - "why do i carry my phone?". The samsung phones are practically unlockable and if you put them in your pocket, for sure you will be ringing someone without realising it.



Besides, with all the noise around, it's even hard to hear phone ringing and with all the commotion, hard to feel the vibration in your pocket.

AsifTheManRahman
October 23, 2012, 10:09 AM
Hi all,

Will try to answer the important question first - "why do i carry my phone?". The samsung phones are practically unlockable and if you put them in your pocket, for sure you will be ringing someone without realising it.

You mean your employer doesn't give you free BlackBerries and iPhones so that they can page you at 3 am when Ashraful can't go to sleep because he isn't getting his cover drive right?

WarWolf
October 31, 2012, 04:14 AM
Great posts by Dr.Z, Sohel bhai and obviously our beloved coach.

It's a great feeling to have such a good coach in charge of the young boys. :)

F6_Turbo
October 31, 2012, 04:21 AM
You signed an actual contract, right?

WarWolf
October 31, 2012, 04:22 AM
Hi all,

Will try to answer the important question first - "why do i carry my phone?". The samsung phones are practically unlockable and if you put them in your pocket, for sure you will be ringing someone without realising it.

IN relation to next generation of players, i was asked who i rated out of the last U19 group, hence selected a few players i knew from that group. At this early stage i have not seen all the players yet, but from what i have seen these guys impressed me. Shuhon is the U19 wicket keeper who made some runs today also for Dhaka in tough batting conditions. I invited him to train with us in Khulna in prep for the practice match against WIHPC and i liked his attitude and talent. so only a brief encounter with him, but he impressed me. Bijoy and Taskin have obvious talent, but they also both have a great drive to succeed which is essential.

I have seen quite a few players who i worked with previously and great to see guys start the season well. Regardless of the various issues with first class cricket, the players job is still to take wickets and make runs, so pleasing to see some of the fringe guys record some strong performances in round 1. I am looking forward to more.

Regards
Coach have you got the chance to see Al Amin Hossain, the right arm medium fast bowler? He seems to be an impressive one by stats. Any comments on him?

Rabz
October 31, 2012, 09:05 AM
You signed an actual contract, right?

Good question !!
Our meeting was few days before the whole Pybus fiasco, so this never came to our mind !!
Yes Richard, the all important question, have you signed a contract yet ?? :-p

Well, sorry for my way too late comment on this thread, esp to those who expected a lot earlier. Most of the things I would have talked about our meeting has already been covered by Zunaid bhai, Sohel bhai and the Man himself.

It was a pleasure meeting Richard and discuss some of the aspects of Bangladesh cricket. For hard core fans like us, hearing it straight from the man who deals with the boys and the system regularly, it was gold.

Big thanks goes to Zunaid bhai for organizing and as always Sohel bhai is a great company to have around in any meeting.

BrianLara7
October 31, 2012, 11:52 AM
Richard mcinnes, Richard pybus... we need to get him to sign a contract immediately. Something spooky

Imteaz
October 31, 2012, 11:49 PM
Thanks for sharing.