Timeless wait for Tigers’ new coachStaff Correspondent
Few deadlines passed by one after another, but the Bangladesh Cricket Board could not resolve the Richard Pybus riddle as the South African is yet to confirm his approval for the post of the national cricket team head coach.
The never ending wait continued for Pybus, who was approached by the BCB for taking charge of the Tigers after the post got vacated when Australian Stuart Law resigned citing family reasons after the Asia Cup.
The same family reason has now remained as the only stumbling block for Pybus to join the Bangladesh national team as media committee chairman of BCB said that he had agreed to financial terms.
‘From what I have heard I can tell you that he had agreed to our offer and now the only thing that he is considering is his family,’ Jalal Yunus told reporters on Tuesday.
‘For someone to come here for a long time there are certain things that he needs to take care off such as the children and their schooling and he is probably considering that before taking his decision,’ said Jalal.
‘Apart from that we have not given him any deadline, but we are hoping to get a result within this month,’ added Jalal.
It was reported that Pybus has demanded $20,000 per month excluding all taxes, an amount which was quite heavy for BCB, who paid Law $14,000 per month barring taxes.
The BCB decided to increase the amount to a maximum of 15 per cent for Pybus, who was told to agree or quit the race.
Board president AHM Mustafa Kamal, who returned from India after a short visit on Tuesday, said that he is still waiting for Pybus’ answer and claimed to have been in regular touch with him.
Kamal was, however, very disappointed with the media regarding the coach’s issue and said that their over enthusiasm might have to make the Board pay.
‘It’s not right to say anything about coaches unless the dotted paper is signed,’ said Kamal.
‘It is bad for both the parties if we talk too much about it. In that case we are very unlikely to get a coach,’ he added.
‘More so it is embarrassing for me because Pybus is having a bad impression about the Board as every slight information is been leaked out,’ said Kamal.
‘Unless he says no, we cannot talk with other coaches,’ said Kamal.
The BCB president refused to say if he had met any prospective candidates in India during his visit for the Indian Premier League final.
Kamal was accompanied by some top BCB officials including acting chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury and was supposed to hold several meetings on crucial issues.
Both Kamal and Chowdhury on their return told reporters that they have no big news to offer, which only suggested that BCB’s wait for a national coach may linger further.
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