Stuart MacGill expresses displeasure on not being able to work with Bangladesh
MacGill could not accept the offer sent to him by the BCB due to personal reasons.
Updated - Aug 23, 2017 1:18 pm
Former Australia cricketer Stuart MacGill was all but confirmed to fill up as the spinning coach of Bangladesh. He was also sent an offer by the Bangladesh Cricket Board but could not accept it due to personal reasons. The exact cause is still unknown but the veteran of 44 Tests is disappointed on not being able to take up the role.
MacGill was sent an offer by BCB
Earlier this month, Bangladesh were on the lookout for a spinning coach after they sacked Ruwan Kalpage, who had a run of 2 years with the national team. BCB operation head Akram Khan confirmed McGill as a replacement to the Sri Lankan and were awaiting the Australian to get an NOC from Cricket Australia. It was been said that the former leg-spinner was given a temporary contract of 3 months. BCB was keen to have MacGill onboard before the first Test match against Australia which kicks off on August 27.
As things turned out, MacGill declined the offer sent to him by the BCB who have now roped in Sunil Joshi as a spin consultant for the 2-match Test series against Australia. When a fan expressed sorrow on his Twitter handle, MacGill spoke about being “disappointed” himself on missing out on the role. He also added that he hopes to get another opportunity to work with the Tigers.
I am very disappointed also… thank you for your message. Hopefully I will have an opportunity to work w Tigers in the near future.
— stu macgill (@scgmacgill) August 22, 2017
Sunil Joshi roped in
Joshi, a veteran won 15 Test caps for India, was also approached by the BCB in February this year when Bangladesh was due to play their first Test in India but at that point of time, Joshi could not accept the offer. Besides his Test credentials, Joshi also appeared in 69 ODIs for India between 1996 and 2001. He is appointed for a period of 2 months and will also travel to South Africa with the national squad.