Bangladesh vs Australia: Former Aussie spinner Stuart MacGill turns down coaching job with hosts

Bangladesh have been without a spin bowling coach since the BCB sacked Sri Lankan Ruwan Kalpage, who failed to report for duty following a deadly Islamist extremist attack in Dhaka in July last year.

AFP, Aug, 17 2017

Dhaka: Former Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has turned down a Bangladesh offer to join the side ahead of two-Test series against his home country, a senior cricket official said on Thursday.

Bangladesh were hoping to get some inside knowledge from MacGill, who took 208 wickets in 44 Tests for Australia, before the crucial home series against Steven Smith's team beginning later this month.

File image of Australia's Stuart MacGill. Reuters

File image of Australia's Stuart MacGill. Reuters

MacGill was expected to join another Australian, Mark O'Neill, on the Bangladesh backroom staff for the tour by the world number four-ranked nation.

"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 said.

"(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.

Bangladesh have been without a spin bowling coach since the BCB sacked Sri Lankan Ruwan Kalpage, who failed to report for duty following a deadly Islamist extremist attack at a posh Dhaka cafe in July last year.

Bangladesh, who offered MacGill a short-term deal for three months, were looking to build on a year in which they recorded their maiden Test wins over England and Sri Lanka before reaching the Champions Trophy semi-final in June.

Australia are due to arrive in the Bangladeshi capital on Friday for their first Test series in the South Asian nation since 2006.

The first Test against Australia is at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from 27 August. The second starts in Chittagong on 4 September .

Australia were to play two Tests in Bangladesh in October 2015 but the tour was cancelled after a wave of attacks by Islamist extremists in the Muslim-majority nation.

Published Date: Aug 17, 2017 | Updated Date: Aug 17, 2017




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