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Old April 21, 2003, 04:07 PM
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Default Two coaches!!!!

Just now read that Sarwar Imran will work underWhatmore as a bowling coach. Great news. Below here I'm attaching the news article from The Independent.
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BCB appoints Whatmore as new coach

Sports Reporter

Sri Lankan-born Australian Dav Whatmore has become the seventh foreign coach for Bangladesh national cricket team.

Bangladesh Cricket Board Ali Asghar Lobi, MP, disclosed this officially at a press conference on Monday at Sonargaon Hotel.

Whatmore, who came into limelight after guiding Sri Lanka to lift the World Cup title in 1995, will officially start his assignment in Bangladesh from June 1 for a two years contract.

The previous seven foreign coaches were: Mudassar Nazar (Pakistan), Mahinder Amarnath (India), Gordon Greenidge (West Indies), Eddie Barlow (South Africa) Trevor Chappell (Australia) and Mohsin Kamal (Pakistan).

Lobi said Whatmore will come to Dhaka next month to complete all the formalities including the signing with the BCB. The contact was finalised through a fax document between BCB and Whatmore, said Lobi.

"We were looking for a competent coach after Bangladesh's dismal performance under Pakistani coach Mohsin Kamal in the World Cup in South Africa. We sought ICC's help in this regard and contacted with the Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and West Indies Cricket Boards for naming a coach who can rebuild the national team to a certain international standard," said the BCB boss flanked by BCB advisors Mahbubul Alam, Shah Nurul Kabir Shaheen, MP, and Reazuddin Al-Mamun.

"We came into a conclusion that an experienced and dynamic coach like Whatmore can help us to the rebuild Bangladesh to a fighting team."

BCB would provide all possible technical assistance to Whatmore to carry out his job smoothly.

Replying to a question Lobi said "we believe that our cricketers would be able to cope with Whamore's coaching method to prepare them as fighting unit. It would be unfortunate for us if we could not perform well at international level after the getting guidance of man like Whatmore."

"First of all we are committed to build a strong infrastructure for the development of the game. We are trying hard to fulfil the basic need for flourishing cricket. The BCB will have an exclusive cricket stadium in the city from next month when the National Sports Council will formally handover the Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. Three more cricket stadiums are being built at Khulna, Chittagong and Rajshahi. The three divisional stadiums will be turned into cricket stadium", said BCB president.

He said that the cricket academy with the help of Australian grant would be ready within a year at the Fatullah Stadium.

The Sports Ministry is also building five indoor covered grounds at different parts of the country to facilitate training program round the year.

The BCB president showed his resentment over the "baseless" reports appeared in a section of national dailies mentioning that Khaled Masud Pilot was sacked as captain for his alleged undisciplined act during the World Cup, some untrue stories on BCB officials and about the national team selection process.

"I can categorically tell you that we did not receive any report from the ICC Anti-corruption unit regarding Bangladesh's performance in the World Cup. Nor I did get any individual performance report of the players from any quarter" said Lobi and added that the selection committee is working absolutely free-handed.

Mahbubul Alam, who is also the chairman of BCB cricket committee, said Whatmore himself want to say his plan and programme about Bangladesh national team at his first meeting with the media in Dhaka next month.

The current local national coach Sarwar Imran's job will be put under Whatmore as a special bowling coach.

"Another foreign coach would be separately appointed for the Bangladesh Under-19 Development Squad. ICC Development Officer E Andrew will make a two-day visit to Bangladesh on May 5 and 6 and most likely the name of the foreign coach would be known during his visit," said Mahbub.

The Bangladesh Under-13 team will make a tour of Sri Lanka from June 25 and the BCB is trying to reach an agreement with the Sri Lanka Board to make it on annual basis.

Mahbub said the BCB is also taking various programmes for Bangladesh A team which will participate in the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy in Pakistan and Ranji Trophy in India.

The A team will make tour of England in 2005 at the invitation of ECB.
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Old April 21, 2003, 04:38 PM
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Default I don\'t want to take credit for Sarwar Imran but

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Old April 23, 2003, 11:55 PM
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Default Sham .. before you run away with all the credit....

I picked Sarwar Imran and gave you the idea telepathically. You have been around long enough ... how long have I been pushing this guy ? Also, him being the Abahani coach had nothing to do with me backing him ...

(now, if only he can talk some of this players into playing for Abahani - realizing that Abahani officials love to skip out on paying ..ehehhehehe)
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