The Bangladesh Cricket Board on Wednesday took a long interview of South African coach Richard Pybus but did not make any decision regarding his appointment as national team head coach.
The BCB president Nazmul Hasan said they would interview a few other candidates before making the appointment for the crucial post, left vacant by Sri Lankan coach Chandika Hathurusinghe.
‘Phil Simmons will come on December 9. Another candidate may come before this. We don’t want to disclose his name since the date has not been finalised,’ BCB president Nazmul Hasan told reporters at Mirpur on Wednesday.
‘We are also talking with few other coaches... we have a board meeting on December 10. More or less we want to finalise the decision in that meeting.’
Nazmul said Pybus submitted a 10-year long plan but they have both short and long-term goals for the national team, especially with the World Cup 2019 looming large.
‘His presentation was good. No doubt about that’ said Nazmul. ‘But he came here with a long-term vision. He wants to work with a 10-year. But we have to see both short and long-term perspectives.
‘We have a World Cup ahead of us, which is most important. We may not assure him what he wants right now. But if we can implement his plan in the long run that will be good,’ said Nazmul.
The BCB president revealed that Pybus, who worked with the Tigers for four months in 2012, expressed his interest in his own to rejoin Bangladesh team as he felt they were doing fine now.
‘He himself expressed his interest because he felt Bangladesh now reached a stage. The way Bangladesh cricket is going now he felt anyone would be interested to work here,’ he said.
The England-born coach abandoned Bangladesh team in 2012 without signing his contract as he was unhappy with the terms and condition that had been offered to him.
Pybus had wanted the authority and responsibility to run the national side without interference from board directors and was given that assurance by then-board president Kamal, but he said, in reality, it was never the case.
Nazmul, who succeeded Kamal in 2013 as BCB president, said they had asked Pybus a lot of questions regarding exit in the previous term but did not want to make his answers public.
‘He was asked a lot of questions. But its better we don’t discuss it. We should not talk about the previous board,’ he said.
The BCB president said they would speak to national team coaching staff and manager Khaled Mahmud on December 9 before making a decision regarding the coach.
‘We will sit with our coaching staff including Richard Halsall. We also have Sujon [Khaled Mahmud], our manager for many series. We will speak to them on December 9. And then with the opinion of our ex-captains, we will make a decision,’ he said.
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