Ref: The new Bangladesh head coach, Stuart Law, has taken his fresh assignment as a challenge, says the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
The board announced the national team’s new coach in a press conference at the BCB headquarters on Monday.
“He (Law) has taken the Bangladesh job as a challenge. His aim is to move Bangladesh up in ICC (International Cricket Council) ranking,” said the chairman of BCB’s media and communication committee Jalal Yunus.
The former interim coach of Sri Lanka has taken the responsibility of the Tigers for two years, replacing his fellow countryman Jamie Siddons.
He was in the Australia’s 1996 World Cup team. He was also captain of Queensland in domestic cricket, marking himself the most successful captain in Australian domestic cricket. He is also Queensland’s all time leading run scorer in first class cricket. He also captained English country team Lanchashire.
Law worked as assistant coach of Sri Lanka under Trevor Bayliss and when Bayliss left, he was appointed interim coach of Sri Lanka.
“Discussions over appointing a new coach started after Jamie Siddons ended his term. Different names came up different times.
“But we worked on a short list of three or four, and Stuart Law’s name was there at the top,” the chairman said at the BCB headquarters at Sher-e-Bangla Cricket Stadium in Mirpur.
Following a disappointing World Cup, the board chose not to renew contracts of the head coach, and bowling and fielding coaches.
South African Vincent Barnes was the board’s first choice but he turned down an offer to coach Bangladesh in the first week of this month, dealing a body blow to the hunt for Siddons’ replacement.
The board asked South Africa’s assistant coach to reconsider his decision but he did not reverse it.
“He (Law) is vastly experienced as a player and a coach. We have another high-profile coach as the successor of Jamie Siddons,” he said.
Yunus acknowledged that he had met with Law and discussed the job at a hotel in England on May 30.
The new coach has nothing against appointing assistant coaches from Bangladesh. He provided a list of other assistant coaches, though BCB has a list of their own and the posts will be filled within a few months, said Yunus.
Law, however, did not confirm when he will join the team. BCB acknowledged that he will be with the squad during the tour of Zimbabwe.
Bangladesh may visit South Africa on July 17-19, where Law could join the team. Or the Tigers may head directly to Zimbabwe on July 25-26. In that case, he will join the team there.
The coach’s job will be reviewed every three months, said Yunus.
Law, nicknamed ‘lawman’, has not put forth any condition concerning national cricketers playing in the Indian Premier League. But he did show interest in going to Big Bash (Australian T20 tournament).
“He has accepted all our conditions. If Bangladesh have no commitment to honour during the Big Bash, his leave of absence for the tournament will be considered. Besides, Law will get all the facilities that Jamie got,” said Yunus.