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Bangladesh seek Cricket Australia potion for success

Board to pay Aus$427,500 for services


Bangladesh’s cricket chiefs have signed a two-year deal with world champions Australia to help them raise the standard of the game in the South Asian nation, an official said yesterday.

Cricket Australia will train Bangladesh coaches, prepare a coaching manual, set up an umpires’ management system and train young players at Australian academies, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief executive Mahmudur Rahman said.

“It will be a huge boost to our cricket and we hope our cricket will reach a higher level because of Australian help,” Rahman said, adding the BCB will pay Cricket Australia $427,500 (Dh1.29 million) for its services.

Under a previous fiveyear agreement that expired in 2006, young Bangladesh­i cricketers had trained under Australian coaches.

Local experts credit Australian coaching for Bangladesh’s recent improvemen­t on the internatio­nal stage, which incudes stunning wins against India and South Africa.

Dav Whatmore is currently coaching the Bangladesh national team, which has qualified for the Super Eight stage.

Whatmore’s tenure ends after the World Cup amid speculatio­n he may be one of the candidates to replace another Australian, Greg Chappell, as India’s coach.

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