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Old April 1, 2014, 11:51 PM
jeesh jeesh is offline
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Default Bangladesh Cricket Needs Good Professional Coaches

When Bangladesh appointed Shane Jurgensen as permanent coach from his interim status, they said it was because the coach has proven himself, team played well under him.

But not too long before that SJ was getting a lot of stick for failing in his main responsibility which was development of fast bowling. BCB was also struggling to convince a higher profile coach to take over following Stuart Law and Richard Pybus's resignations. Salaries of such high profile coaches were also high. So perhaps decision to appoint SJ was a very convenient move. Very strange considering the very little experience the Australian had. He was axed by NZC in his previous employment due to the very little success he had with their pacers.

Despite knowing SJ is a bowling coach, BCB conveniently decided not to hire a batting coach, and clubbed the responsibility in the job description of the fielding coach Corey Richards. In this day an age of specialization where even foreign state/club teams have coaches for every discipline Bangladesh placed the entire burden on two young individuals.

Appointment of Richard McIness in BCB Academy was an excellent move, but one cant help but wonder whether RM is a lone warrior here.

Remember Richard Pybus? Well he has been appointed Director of Cricket in West Indies, helping emerging and national level players for next three years. Head coach Otis Gibson is supported by Toby Radford, Desmond Haynes (Batting Coach), Richie Richardson (Team Manager), Saqlain Mushtaq (Spin Coach). We all know the impact Saqlain has had on West Indies spinners. Sri Lanka has a great bench with Farbrace, Atapattu, Vaas, Muralitharan, Kalpage.

Bottomline when you dont have the infrastructure, domestic cricket or talent base, the least that BCB can do is have the right trainers/mentors/developers in place. So that every player gets the best attention, nurture and care.

While all of us find fault with players, lambast them, BCB musnt get away from this mess they have created.

First and foremost they must appoint a proper professional head coach with actual experience in coaching a national team or state team. No room for experimentation!

Secondly he must have support of a batting, fielding, fitness, pace bowling and spin bowling coach. No two in ones.

The Academy must also have its own set of personnel. Perhaps own bowling coach, fitness coach etc.

Perhaps one excuse that might arise is BCB doesnt have adequate resources for so many personnel, or it is unable to lure foreigners because of IPL etc. Hire locals, former players like Sri Lanka is doing. But make sure all disciplines get the attention.

Bangladesh cricket is becoming laughing stock again. Associates are closing the gap. Pretty soon the commercial aspects, the fans/support can no longer bail us out for our poor performance. Time to get serious BCB!
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