August 05, 2007

Bangladesh cricket war update

Bangladesh cricket board was taken over by the army to uproot corrupt politicians from the board. They have decided to bring some discipline in the Bangladesh cricket team army style. Their performance was lackluster in the recent Sri Lanka tour.

The team will be sent to an "Australian style boot camp" starting on August 11 in the north-eastern Sylhet division under a special military unit as part of their warm up campaign for the Twenty20 World Cup. The boot camp will last for six days and will be supervised by the "Special warfare unit" of the Bangladesh army.

Bangladesh cricket captain Mohammad Ashraful is excited at the prospect of having military training. ‘Military training is not a new phenomenon for international cricketers. India, Pakistan and Australia teams have endured it previously. So I don’t see any problem for us to take it,’ said Ashraful.

Shaun Williams will continue to be their Caretaker (interim) coach till the Twenty20 world cup. The Bangladesh Cricket Board has drafted a short-list of three coaches to interview for the role of national team coach, replacing Dav Whatmore. They are Australians Jamie Siddons and John Harmer and Zimbabwean Dave Houghton. The new coach may be selected during the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup in South Africa in September. There is a rumor that Dav Whatmore can also come back if talks with other countries fails.


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