Law to leave early
Stuart Law is likely to leave his post as Bangladesh head coach two months before the scheduled time.
The Australian was scheduled to leave the country after expiry of his tenure on June 30 but now he is likely to vacate his post in the first week of May. Law, who had taken up the post of head coach in July 2011 for a two-year stint, expressed his desire to leave the job in a letter to the board on March 30 due to family commitments and to take up a position as high performance coach of Australia's Centre of Excellence.
According to his contract, he is required to give three months' notice before leaving his post, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has agreed to comply with the Australian's request to leave the country early as the national team has no commitments for the next few months.
“He (Stuart Law) expressed his desire to leave the job early for family commitments and we also agreed because you know there are no activities right at this moment,” said BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus.
The BCB has been desperately trying to arrange some international matches before the Tigers' next scheduled assignment -- the T20 World Cup in Sri Lanka in September this year. Bangladesh's tour to Zimbabwe in August has already been shifted to April next year, the much talked about Pakistan tour is suspended by court order while a proposed series against South Africa had been rejected by the South African cricket authorities. On the other hand the proposed Ireland trip is yet to be confirmed.
BCB has already started the process to find his successor and Yunus informed that they are getting a good response from the candidates; who were told to send their applications with a forwarding letter by May 15.
The board had struggled to find a coach in the past when Dav Whatmore left the job in 2007; the appointment of Jamie Siddons and his successor Law were not easy tasks. But the scenario has changed this time as many, including some high profile coaches, have been expressing interest in the position because of Mushfiqur Rahim's boys recent impressive performances.
“The process has already been started to find the new coach and the encouraging fact is that we are getting a huge response this time. We are not in a position to disclose any names but what I can tell you is that there are a number of high profile coaches in the list who showed their interest. We are looking for more, but have already started to communicate with some candidates,” said Yunus.
Former Australia batsman Dean Jones was the first to express interest in the job and then it was the 49-year old former England all-rounder Dermot Reeve who threw his hat in the ring.