12:00 AM, October 12, 2012 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, October 12, 2012

Pybus position remains murky

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The last few days has seen much confusion created over the Bangladesh cricket team's head coach Richard Pybus's leave.
Pybus, who joined the Tigers in last June on a two-year contract, went to South Africa on leave after returning to Dhaka from Sri Lanka after the ICC World Twenty20.
According to BCB's cricket operations committee, the Tigers coach went on vacation without informing the concerned authorities and he has not communicated with the authorities properly for the last few days.
But BCB's acting CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed yesterday that it was earlier scheduled that Pybus would fly to South Africa to spend time with his family after the T20 World Cup, and that the BCB had communicated with the Englishman.
“There is nothing wrong as he maintained normal protocol to spend time with his family members in South Africa and we are in touch with him,” said Nizamuddin over telephone.
He however was not ready to comment when his attention was drawn to Pybus's reluctance to answer the cricket operations committee's mail in which they asked the coach to detail his plans for the upcoming home series against West Indies.
Pybus has however sent a mail to the cricket operations committee to stop the short spin-bowling camp under the guidance of Saqlain Mushtaq, but he did not reply when the cricket operations committee informed him that it was not possible to discontinue the camp.
Regarding the contract, Nizamuddin categorically said that they signed a memorandum of understanding with the coach on the basis of which Pybus has been working with the team.
“I want to make it clear that he joined us only after the signing of an agreement. The question is how you interpret it. Without consent on terms and conditions from both parties, how one can start work? The matter is as simple as that. Everything has been done maintaining standard practice,” explained Nizamuddin.
It was reported that there has been a disagreement between the board and coach regarding the number of days allowed for leave .
“We have the papers in our hand where both parties agreed on the leave issue, so everything is clear,” said Nizamuddin.
The acting CEO however admitted that there have been some differences between the board and the coach regarding leave. It has also been learnt from a source close to the BCB that Pybus was very disheartened and upset by the way the issue has been handled by the cricket operations committee recently.

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