Jurgensen quits as Bangladesh coach

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Australian Shane Jurgensen has stepped down as Bangladesh coach on the back of poor performances by the national team.

Australian Shane Jurgensen has stepped down as Bangladesh coach on the back of poor performances by the national team.

The 38-year-old became interim coach following Richard Pybus' resignation in October 2012, but he was handed the full-time job in February 2013 after helping the team to an ODI series victory over the West Indies at the backend of 2012.

A drawn ODI series against Sri Lanka in March 2013 followed while they also shared a two-Test series against Zimbabwe in April. The highlight of his rein was no doubt New Zealand's visit to the sub-continent in October 2013 when the teams drew the two Tests before Bangladesh won the ODI series.

However, results have been poor since then as they lost the Test, ODI and T20 series against Sri Lanka, suffered four defeats during the Asia Cup and won only two of their seven matches at the World Twenty20, which naturally resulted in an early exit.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) admitted after the World T20 that they could make changes to the coaching set-up, but the situation was taken out of their hands with Jurgensen handing in his resignation letter.

The BCB will now need to speed up their search for a new coach as they have an one-day series against India in June, but the main focus will be to appoint the right man for next year's World Cup in Australasia.

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