Law quits quietlyStaff Correspondent
Before the news of the BCB’s decision to send the national cricket team to Pakistan died down, Bangladesh’s cricket received another jolt on Monday with Australian Stuart Law announcing his resignation as Bangladesh coach citing family reasons.
Law had communicated his decision to the BCB officials on March 30 from his England home, but waited for another two weeks to arrive in Dhaka to announce it formally to the media.
‘It is with great regret and a heavy heart that today I announce my stepping down as the head coach of Bangladesh,’ Law said at a press conference hours after his arrival in Dhaka on Monday.
‘It is personal reason as to why I am standing down. Living away from the family and not seeing people growing up, I think we all understand that family comes first.
‘Cricket has been a huge part of my life but over the years I have realised that there is nothing more important than the family and if they are not happy then I am not happy and something had to give up,’ he said.
Law added that his decision had nothing to do with Bangladesh’s decision to tour Pakistan later this month and nor it was because of his fall-out with any individual.
‘As I said it’s purely for a family reason, it has nothing to do with the Pakistan tour. As far as I know, the BCB is still coming to a decision whether we will go to Pakistan or not. I have landed here only today [Monday] and I don’t really know too much about it,’ he said.
‘This has nothing to do with anyone in the cricket fraternity in Bangladesh. I have really enjoyed my time here. It has been a fantastic period for me.
‘I have learned a lot about cricket and the culture here. I have learned a lot about the people here and I’ll go away from this place having made extremely great friends and lots of friendship that will continue on forever and ever. It was very difficult but it was a decision I had to make.’
Speaking later to reporters, Law said he is planning to move his family to Australia from England, where he has been living for eight years. His 10-year old son is missing his company which Law felt is hindering his natural upbringing.
‘I had enough of England. My son is gradually getting involved in sports. In England it’s always tough for him, so I decided to go back to Australia. He likes surfing a lot and I will be happy to give him company,’ said the Queenslander.
‘It’s not a decision that I made instantly. I thought about it for a long time, discussed it with my family and after seeing all the pros and cons I made up my mind,’ he said.
Law, who played one Test and 54 one-day internationals for Australia, had taken over as the head coach of Bangladesh in July last year on a two-year contract, replacing compatriot Jamie Siddons.
He has a contractual obligation to serve a notice at least three months in advance if he decides to quit the job. The period will now be counted from March 30 and his resignation will be effective from June 30.
Bangladesh Cricket Board said they respect Law’s decision and wished him good luck.
‘As he (Law) has said that family is his priority and it should be the case for all of us too. We are sorry to see him go, especially at a time when under his guidance the Bangladesh team are doing really well and showing good consistency. We wish him all the best,’ said BCB’s media committee chairman Jalal Yunus.
The high point of Law’s tenure came at the Asia Cup last month, where hosts Bangladesh defeated heavyweights India and Sri Lanka in the group stage before narrowly losing the final of the four-team tournament to Pakistan.
‘We would have loved to see Stuart continue with the Bangladesh side, but we respect his decision. We would like to thank him for his contribution to Bangladesh cricket,’ said BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Enayet Hossain Siraj.
‘The team have shown a marked improvement and he deserves a lot of credit for that. We will start the procedure for appointment of a new head coach soon,’ he said.
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