Bangladesh Cricket Board have confirmed roping in former Australia legspinner Stuart MacGill as their spin coach and now they are waiting for his arrival, subject to him obtaining a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from Cricket Australia, reports Cricbuzz.
BCB president Nazmul Hasan earlier had said that they have chosen Macgill as their spin consultant for a period of three months and was keen to see him working with the boys before the start of the two-match Test series against Australia, scheduled to start from August 27.
Nazmul had announced the decision after the meeting of board of directors at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on July 30 as they scrutinised the shortlist of spin coaches who showed willingness to work with the Bangladesh national side. MacGill will replace Ruwan Kalpage.
Kalpage was sacked last year as he refused to arrive on time and from then onwards BCB was working to rope in someone to work with the slow bowlers. According to BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan they are not sure whether they can have the services of Macgill before the start of the upcoming series against Australia but are confident it won’t take too long for him to arrive.
“We have confirmed MacGill,” said Akram, on Wednesday (August 9), when he was asked about the development regarding MacGill’s appointment. “We are waiting for him to get his NOC from CA.
In the Photo: MacGill celebrated after taking a wicket in a Ashes Match
“Even if we don’t get him before the series against Australia we are sure we will have him in our dressing as soon as he obtains the required documents to work here.”
MacGill has been regarded as one of the unluckiest players that the world of cricket has seen so far. Despite having enormous talent he could never become a regular in the Australian team because of the presence of legendary leg-spinner Shane Warne in the same era. As a coach, MacGill has no experience till date apart from mentoring some spinners in Australia.
BCB said that they would give MacGill a long term contract after observing the team’s progress under his supervision and after consulting for how long he is willing to continue with the team.BC