Deano's focus on local youth
Dean Jones transformed batting and fielding in one-day cricket in the 1980s and given his enduring enthusiasm these days, Twenty20 cricket will also get a touch of his magic.
The former Australia batsman is the technical director of the Chittagong Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League but far from taking a merely supervisory position, Jones is more hands-on.
"I just want to help some young kids reach their goals. I have been fortunate in life to win a World Cup, an Ashes series and go around the world and do well. I've been like them so I want to help them," he told The Daily Star yesterday after the Kings completed their first training session at the Academy ground in Mirpur.
Jones said that the players deserved money like the amount they will make through the BPL, but wants to see the investments ploughed back into the more important aspects.
"It is a wonderful opportunity for players to show that they can really play. If they can do that, then they have the right to deserve some money.
"Owners pay them to win but the money they derive out of this can be used to fund the first-class structure," he said.
He believed that children would find Twenty20 more attractive, especially after the likes of current Australia Test opener David Warner emerged as the first real product of the format.
"He [Warner] and a few other guys are starting to come through. It has proved successful that some guys can come through T20. Ultimately, this is where our kids are going to come from," said Jones.
But he wasn't happy with how the game was being scheduled these days. "In 2015 is the next World Cup so teams will play more 50-over cricket after 2013. They have to get the itineraries right. I just think that two T20 matches between India and Australia was just ridiculous. Get straight into 50-over cricket or don't play at all," he opined.
Kings coach Khaled Mahmud was delighted to have the likes of Jones and batting great Michael Bevan in the setup.
"I am really happy to be working with them. I see it as an opportunity for me, I can learn a lot of things but more importantly, the players can pick up gems from these greats," he said.