Bangladesh cricket coach Richard Pybus quit his post after less than five months in the job, saying that disagreement and discord with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had made his position 'completely untenable'.
The BCB has confirmed that Pybus, through his agent, had informed the board that he would not continue with the Bangladesh cricket team late Tuesday night. Bangladesh bowling coach Shane John Jurgensen will take over as head coach for the upcoming series against the West Indies in November-December.
Pybus, Bangladesh's 11th foreign coach came on board with the Bangladesh cricket team on May 30 when he agreed to a two-year deal. He replaced former Australian cricketer Stuart Law, who cut short his stint as head coach after nine months in the job in April citing family reasons. He had been in charge of the Tigers for their T20 tours to Zimbabwe, Ireland, Netherlands, Trinidad & Tobago, and the recently concluded ICC World Twenty20.
Speaking to popular cricket website ESPNCricinfo Pybus, currently on vacation in South Africa after the completion of Bangladesh's ICC World Twenty20 assignment, claimed that there was a discrepancy between his initial agreement with the BCB, and the contractual terms he had been offered when he had accepted the job.
It recently emerged that Pybus, an Englishman living in South Africa, had never actually signed a contract with the BCB and had accepted the position under a Memorandum of Understanding. The main bone of contention that has led to his resignation now and for which he was hesitant to accept the position initially was his vacation terms.
“He (Pybus) had to leave because of family reasons,” said new BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon after a board meeting, his first in charge, at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. “He wanted to go home between tours, which was not possible from our point of view. He cannot stay as a part-time coach.”
According to his ESPNCricinfo interview, Pybus was initially resistant to BCB's offers of head coach because he would have had to spend too much time away from family as the board wanted Pybus to be with the team and in Bangladesh 320 days a year. He said that he only accepted at the third time of asking because the BCB agreed to his condition to go home between tours, but that their agreement was not made explicit in the contract presented to him when he came to Dhaka, which is why he refused to sign it.
The bad blood between the board and Pybus recently increased when terms of his contract were leaked to the local media, which he said 'fundamentally undermined the principles of confidentiality'.
Pybus further alleged that during his tenure as coach, he was undermined by board officials, some of whom were 'not only obstructive, but seemed to be completely ignorant of cricket' after having been assured by then BCB president AHM Mustafa Kamal that there will be no interference.