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Siddons coach until WC


Mashrafe, Shakib stay put for Zimbabwe's tour

Jamie Siddons
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) kept faith in the current set up of the national team as they extended the tenures of captain, vice-captain, head coach and the three-member selection committee.Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has been retained as captain while Shakib Al Hasan as his deputy, but the big decision in Wednesday's board of directors' meeting came when they agreed in principle to extend the tenure of head coach Jamie Siddons until the end of the ICC World Cup in 2011.The two-year tenure of the Australian will expire at the end of November and what the board high-ups believed that it would be unwise to bring someone new in the job ahead of the cricket showpiece event where Bangladesh is co-host."It was a big decision to retain Jamie [Siddons] as coach. What we believe is that he [Jamie] already has adjusted with our players well and he understands the young players. When he showed his interest to continue his job with this team, we thought it would be unwise to bring someone new at this point of time," BCB's media committee chairman Jalal Yunus explained the board's sentiment."Jamie, who has skin cancer, also confirmed us that his sickness was not a major problem and it would not make any obstacle to his work," he said adding that a three-member committee would be formed within two-three days to settle the terms and conditions of the new contract with the coach.The board has also decided that Mashrafe will continue as captain and Shakib as the vice- captain until Zimbabwe's tour to Bangladesh in October-November this year. Zimbabwe will arrive in Dhaka on October 21 to play five-match one-day series against the Tigers.Mashrafe took over the job from Mohammad Ashraful to lead the team in West Indies and Zimbabwe, but unfortunately he missed both the tours due to knee injury and in his absence Shakib successfully led the team to historic Test and one-day series victories in the Caribbean which was followed by a 4-1 win in Zimbabwe.But BCB found no reason to bring about any change and they hoped both would be fit before the series against Zimbabwe. Mashrafe recently had operation on his knees while Shakib is currently in Adelaide for treatment of his groin injury."As suggested by the experts, we hope that both will be fit before the series. There was no point to make changes. True that Shakib did excellent job but Mashrafe has not been tested," said Yunus.As per the recommendation of the evaluation committee the board also extended the tenure of the national selection committee of chief selector Rafiqul Alam and members Naimur Rahman and Akram Khan until June 30 next year.The directors also discussed on the short-listed candidates for the position of the chief executive officer (CEO) and decided that a special committee would finalise the appointment process.But there is slim chance to see that the appointment will be being completed within a short time though the position has been lying vacant for nearly one-and-a-half years."Its takes time," said Yunus without elaborating. The board however has approved the appointment of Shafiuddin Ahmed FCA as the chief financial officer of the country's richest sports body.Meanwhile, following a request from the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) the board has agreed that the Tigers will appear in the first-ever day-night Test match during the Tigers' tour of England in May-June 2010, subject to approval by the International Cricket Council for holding a day-night Test.The meeting was adjourned and Yunus informed that the meeting might resume on September 14.

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