Tigers to begin search for new coach

Bangladesh

Bangladesh's board will begin the search for a new head coach next week, they have confirmed, as they will need to replace Shane Jurgensen when his resignation comes into effect in June.

Bangladesh's board will begin the search for a new head coach next week, they have confirmed, as they will need to replace Shane Jurgensen when his resignation comes into effect in June.

Jurgensen revealed his desire to leave the Tigers late last month, with his contract only set to be up after the World Cup next year. He is set to stay with the team until after the proposed ODI series against India next month.

BCB president Nazmul Hassan said of the Australia's decision: "If anyone wants to leave then there is no reason to keep him as he won't be able to give his 100%.

"Shane is staying until the India series and in the meantime, possibly by next week, we will hold a board meeting. We will take a decision on whether we will try to stick with him or look for an alternative. But surely, we are looking for a new coach."

Hassan admitted his previous comments about upcoming changes in the set-up could have prompted Jurgensen's decision, adding: "I had said earlier that there will be a major reshuffle after the World T20, and that includes the team management, for the betterment of the team and everyone is aware of it.

"Firstly, the performance of the team was bad, which might have prompted him to resign. On the other hand, he could feel insecure after some comments from our directors. So, he might have felt that it was better for him to leave with some dignity.

"When a tournament ends and the performance of the team is not up to the mark, the coach is usually changed. On most of the occasions, the coach is changed if the team fails while in some cases the coach steps down.

"But why he [Jurgensen] has stepped down is still not clear as he was not given any message by the board that he might get the sack."

Hassan then went on to say that they would likely hire another foreign coach, with the last eight being non-Bangladeshi, and would only look to a local appointment if they couldn't find a high-profile foreign coach.

He said: "If necessary we will give the responsibility to a local coach if we fail to find a replacement for Jurgensen. If we can't hire a foreign coach then we will opt for a local one.

"But I'm sure the performance of the team won't get any worse than what we have done recently."

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