MacGill unlikely to join before Australia series

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Aug 12,2017 | Updated: 23:51, Aug 11,2017

 
 

A file photo from June 1, 2008 shows Australian spinner Stuart MacGill getting ready to bowl against West Indies during their second Test in Antigua. — AFP photo

Bangladesh are unlikely to get the service of Stuart MacGill as their spin bowling coach during the home series against Australia, said a senior official of Bangladesh Cricket Board on Friday.
BCB cricket operations chief Akram Khan said they were yet to know the final decision of MacGill regarding their offer for the crucial role ahead of the series.
‘We have made our offer to him and we are now waiting for his decision. At the moment it appears that he is unlikely to join before the Australia series,’ Akram told New Age.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan earlier on July 30 said that they were considering former Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill as the spin bowling coach for national team.
The BCB had been looking for a spin coach since it had dismissed former Sri Lankan spinner Ruwan Kalpage last year.
After a meeting of the board of directors in Mirpur, Nazmul had told the reporters that they had discussed 10 to 12 probable candidates and ended up with MacGill as their top choice for the vital role.
Nazmul, however, had insisted then that no deal was agreed.
MacGill, who got 208 wickets in 44 Tests but played just three one-day internationals, was regarded as one of the finest leg-spinners of his time, one who always had to live under the shadow of his more illustrious team-mate Shane Warne.
The BCB was hoping to seal the deal before the Australian series that would start from August 27. It was also planning to give him a short-term deal initially, with Bangladesh’s South Africa tour in
September-October in mind.
But MacGill’s cold response regarding the offer has now started snowballing into an embarrassment for the BCB officials while putting the Tigers at the risk of starting another crucial series without a proper spin bowling coach.
The BCB was similarly embarrassed in 2010 when it had hastily named South African all-rounder Lance Klusener as national team’s bowling coach before entering into an agreement with him.
Klusener finally turned down Bangladesh’s offer as he was reportedly unable to convince his wife about a permanent move to Bangladesh.

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