Dhaka: Richard Pybus – formerly a Pakistan coach – has been appointed coach of the Bangladesh team, filling the vacancy created by Stuart Law’s abrupt resignation in April. Pybus’ two-year terms begins ahead of Bangladesh’s tour of Zimbabwe next month with an option of further extension up to the 2015 World Cup.
"We have just received his confirmation. Hopefully he will join us by the first week of June," Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the acting chief executive officer of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, told Reuters.
The English-born Pybus, 47, had earlier worked with Pakistan as a consultant and coach in 1999, when they reached the finals of the World Cup, and also had stints with Border and Titans in the South African domestic circuit. He again took charge of Pakistan as head coach until after the 2003 World Cup. As head coach of Titans, between 2005-06 and 2008-09, Pybus oversaw six titles in four seasons. He was appointed coach of Middlesex in February 2007 but five months later quit citing personal reasons. He was later named the 2009 South African Coach of the Year.
The former coach of Pakistan has been granted a two-year term by the BCB.
"I am delighted at the opportunity of coaching Bangladesh," said Pybus. "I am looking forward to getting busy with the boys. We have an active schedule ahead of us and for me the next few months will be about building relationships with the players and the coaching staff and ensuring that the progress made up to the Asia Cup continues."