Bangladesh were looking to hire Stuart MacGill as their spin bowling coach but the former Australian leg-spinner has decided to not take up the job. Bangladesh are gearing up for a Test series against Australia and were hoping to get the services of MacGill, who has played 44 Tests for his 208 wickets.
“You know that our president (Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan) already cleared it that Stuart MacGill was our first choice as spin bowling coach,” BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury was quoted as saying by AFP.
“(But) for some of his personal reasons he cannot join the team at the moment,” Chowdhury told reporters at a press briefing in Dhaka. “We will now go for our second or third option. We hope within a day or two we will be able to tell something about this,” he said.
The last one year has been a breakthrough year for Bangladesh where they have beaten England and Sri Lanka in Tests and reached the semi-final of the Championsh Trophy. They were hoping on building on that performance by having MacGill in the staff.
The sub-continent nation last had a spin bowling coach in July last year. Sri Lanka’s Ruwan Kalpage was sacked by Bangladesh Cricket Board as he failed to report to work after the deadly Islamist extremist attack in a Dhaka cafe.
Australia will play two Tests against Bangladesh, a series being held after 11 years. They were supposed to visit Bangladesh in 2015 but due to security reasons, they declined to visit.
The first Test between Bangladesh and Australia begins in Dhaka on August 27 and the second begins in Chittagong from September 4.