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fwullah
February 6, 2005, 09:33 AM
Southern hemisphere rivalry

Waugh could coach South Africa

Cricinfo staff

February 6, 2005





Could South Africa's old nemesis be given the reins? Getty Images



Steve Waugh could conceivably coach South Africa when they tour Australia in the next southern summer for three Tests and a one-day series. Such an unlikely scenario has become a possibility after Graeme Smith, South Africa's embattled captain, admitted that his side which has plummeted down the world rankings could benefit from Australian expertise.

With Ray Jennings, the current coach, looking increasingly unlikely to get a contract extension in May, it's believed that Waugh and two other Australians, Tom Moody and Geoff Marsh, are the frontrunners for the job. Marsh coached Zimbabwe from 2001 to 2004 after having plotted Australia's charge to World-Cup victory in 1999. Moody currently coaches Worcestershire.

Waugh ended a glittering career last January against India, making 80 in the final innings of a 169-Test journey, and has since expressed a desire to remain involved in cricket. When the cricketing community organised a fund-raiser for Asia's tsunami victims last month, Waugh did his part by coaching the World XI against their Asian counterparts.

The Sun Herald reported that Waugh would be open to the idea of guiding South Africa out of the wilderness. It quoted Robert Joske, Waugh's manager, as saying: "It is something we would consider. Our management philosophy is that we consider every offer that comes across the desk.

"We haven't heard from South African cricket authorities in relation to the job. But if an approach was made, or the opportunity arose, we would definitely sit down and talk it through. We have a strategic plan that we have put together for Steve's retirement and our approach is that every valid approach that comes our his way should be seriously considered."

South Africa lost a home series against England for the first time in 40 years last month, and recent tours to Sri Lanka and India also ended in painful defeats, a far cry from the days when they were pushing Australia for the number-one spot.

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Ibrahim
February 6, 2005, 09:51 AM
Steve going to resume his coaching carrier. At this stage he will be more interested in coaching big team, to develop his reputation, not minnows.

Sham
February 6, 2005, 10:03 AM
If we do lose Whatmore, I would like Geoff Marsh as our coach more than Steve Waugh. And I doubt that Steve Waugh would even come, for the reason that Ibrahim put down!

Ahmed_B
February 6, 2005, 10:05 AM
Not a bad idea at all!!
Specially as Steve has already demonstrted his highly positive concerns abuot BD cricket whenever He has been around..

Besides... I really think he is a GREAT MOTIVATOR!

mahbubH
February 6, 2005, 10:14 AM
Originally posted by Sham
If we do lose Whatmore, I would like Geoff Marsh as our coach more than Steve Waugh. And I doubt that Steve Waugh would even come, for the reason that Ibrahim put down!

I did not like his role in Zimbabwe crisis! He just ran away. He is a very good coach no doubt about it. He could play better role in that crisis as the coach of national team. I agree we need a big-Name coach if Dav leave (which I don't want to see)!

Mahmood
February 6, 2005, 11:17 AM
He did not run away, he simply did not like what was going on and took a stand with the players who left.

Spitfire_x86
February 6, 2005, 11:36 AM
I don't think Steve Waugh will be a very good coatch for us. He will do better with stronger teams, since minnows like us don't have players who are good enough to apply his 100% positive tactics.

babon
February 6, 2005, 12:17 PM
Moreover, his coaching abilities are not tested yet. good players dont necessarily make good coaches.

BangladeshFan
February 6, 2005, 07:04 PM
Originally posted by babon
Moreover, his coaching abilities are not tested yet. good players dont necessarily make good coaches.

what makes a good cricket coach?:-/

jabbar
February 6, 2005, 07:23 PM
I think a good cricket coach is someone who has gone through all periods that a team has gone through - tough times and good time. Steve has been with Australia when they were being belted by the Poms (english) back in the 80s', until things turned around in 89.

Also, Steve has shown he can play the tactical game as well as the strategic game. With his powerful team in recent years, he was able to be more daring. Perhaps, as the BD team is becoming more skilled and capable, his daring could help BD in some ways...

bourny3
February 7, 2005, 01:08 AM
He wouldnt coach BD. He might be highly respected but no one knows of his coaching ability.

abu_akif
February 7, 2005, 02:16 AM
WHY NOT??

DJ Sahastra
February 7, 2005, 02:18 AM
If possible, try for John Wright.

In my opinion, he is priceless, as a coach.

RazabQ
February 7, 2005, 02:26 AM
In my opinion, neither Waugh or Wright would be good coaches for Bangladesh team in the next 1-2 years. The coach of the present BD team must be 1/3rd shrewd tactician, 1/3rd head shrink, 1/3rd 3rd world politics expert.

Our players still require a lot of hand-holding and for that reason more than anything, papa bear aka Whatmore has been perfect. Wright would be better for a team that has a little more maturity - say South Africa. As for Waugh, he's perfect for a team that has talent, is brash, but way-ward. I'd love to see what he could do in Pakistan.

As for long-term, if Dav decides to move on, I say we should promote McInnis. The guy is obviously passionate about our cricket. In a few years, most of the players will have come thru his system anyway, and thus his brand of tough love will be perfect.

For now, I think our coaching setup is perfect. Inshallah we can keep it going for 2 more years.

Razab

Special 1
February 7, 2005, 10:41 AM
we need jonty rhodes as our coach

offcutter
February 7, 2005, 11:43 AM
What Bangladesh would need in case DW jumps ship is a big name coach not a big name former cricketer. I'm a huge fan of Steve Waugh's as a cricketer but he's not tested as a coach.

Another school of thaught is that in Steve there may be a great coach waiting to come out given his fighting qualities. So if he chooses Bangladesh as his proving ground then its a good marriage.

Fazal
February 7, 2005, 02:02 PM
A good captain may not necessarily make a good coach. Also for a team like BD, we may need a good coach and most likely was average as a players.

Great Players in a great team (in his playing days) may not work for us. We need coach with solid coachong background and lots of patients.

Mahir
February 7, 2005, 06:32 PM
whats up AGAIN with this idea of who to replace Whatmore... Dav isnt going anywhere guys! COME ON... even if he plans to, we better not let him.

Faceoff
February 8, 2005, 05:09 PM
South Africa is interested in Steve Waugh as their next head coach and his agent said he will seriously consider it if he gets the offer from SA.

AsifTheManRahman
February 9, 2005, 04:55 PM
steve waugh has some coaching experience, and the BD players all like him. i would like to have him as a coach as he was the captain of the australian team that turned out to be unbeatable. he might be able to conduct his aggressive and never-giving-up attitude to the players, making them an arrogant eleven that actually do (on the field) what they say off the field.

cricket_pagla
February 10, 2005, 04:47 AM
.oops:
iff(sacked.whatmore) then think about others

Dhakablues
February 11, 2005, 01:25 AM
I seriously doubt that Steve Waugh will join the Bangladesh team as a coach. Dav Whatmore is not leaving right now,, maybe around next year or 2007. After that,, its all up in the air depending on how successful our cricket has been and how much money this game brings home.

Another thing,, if at the end ICC do decide to make bangladesh a 2nd division test team,,, No Hi profile coaches are joining us next. It would be like demoting their status in a way... Even Dav might not stick around for that long if that happens. He already has become a legend in transorming babes to tigers and lions.. He can relish that by joining Australia, his home team or another <3 teams in the world.