Stuart MacGill, the former Australian legspinner, has turned down a Bangladesh offer to join the side ahead of the two-Test series against his country, a senior Bangladesh cricket official said on Thursday (August 17).
Bangladesh were hoping to get some inside knowledge from MacGill, who took 208 wickets from 44 Tests for Australia, before the home series against Steven Smith’s team beginning later this month. MacGill was expected to join another Australian, Mark O’Neill, on the Bangladesh backroom staff for the tour by the No. 4-ranked team.
“You know that our president (Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Nazmul Hassan) already cleared it that Stuart MacGill was our first choice as spin bowling coach,” said Nizamuddin Chowdhury, the BCB chief executive officer. “(But) for some of his personal reasons he cannot join the team at the moment. We will now go for our second or third option. We hope within a day or two we will be able to tell something about this.”
Bangladesh have been without a spin bowling coach since the BCB sacked Ruwan Kalpage, the former Sri Lankan offspinner, who failed to report for duty following a terror attack at an upmarket Dhaka cafe in July last year.
Bangladesh, who offered MacGill a short-term deal for three months to start with, were looking to build on a year in which they recorded their maiden Test wins over England and Sri Lanka before reaching the Champions Trophy 2017 semifinal in June.
Australia are due to arrive in the Bangladeshi capital on Friday for their first Test series in the South Asian nation since 2006. The first Test against Australia is at Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from August 27. The second starts in Chittagong on September 4. Australia were to play two Tests in Bangladesh in October 2015 but the tour was cancelled after a wave of terror attacks in the country.