Friday, July 19, 2024

‘Be patient’

Siddons bids emotional goodbye
The final match in a long and winding season for Bangladesh cricket could describe coach Jamie Siddons’s tenure in a microcosm.
In certain parts of the game, Bangladesh were brilliant; Imrul Kayes’s belligerent 93, almost as good an innings as played by Michael Hussey on the day. At certain other moments though, they were abysmal too, a fact best highlighted by a bowling performance that was taken to the cleaners by Shane Watson, Ricky Ponting and later Michael Hussey.
In the end, it was an apt metaphor for an inconsistent three-and-a-half years spent under the Australian, the zenith of which was the series whitewash over New Zealand last year, and the nadir of which was the two shocking collapses against West Indies and South Africa in the World Cup, less than a month ago.
Unpredictability and a constant struggle to meet the demands of an expectant public had marked the tenure of the shaven-headed Siddons, and in his final press conference the Australian left behind a simple message: “Be patient with your players.
“These are all young guys, 22-23 years old at best and the best thing we can do is support them during their down times,” said Siddons.
He drew references to the dark days of March when two consecutive batting collapses on the biggest stage of them all had left the public and the press distraught, and perversely perhaps, led to his own demise as a coach.
“These players need the support of their fans and their press to get ahead. During those two games, all you did was criticise, while it was left only to me to pick up the players.
“So be supportive,” he insisted.
Siddons held his own quite well at the press conference and insisted that the team had achieved much of what he had thought they could in his three-and-a-half-year tenure. He was also quick to mention the three high points that marked the legacy of his tenure.
“We have the best all-rounder in the world in Shakib Al Hasan, and he has been at that stage for two years now. We have Tamim Iqbal in the team and we have Abdur Razzak, who is also one of the top ten bowlers in the world,” he said.
Despite admitting that he had not always had it his own way with team selections, Siddons insisted that these were the best 15 players in the country.
“My advice to whoever comes in next will be to stick to this group of players. I feel that if we can stick to this group for the next four years then it will be something very nice for Bangladesh cricket,” said Siddons.
But he did point a finger to an apparent lack of infrastructure.
“What needs to be ensured now is that the next batch of Tamims and Shakibs come into the team and perhaps the question needs to be asked whether we have the right kind of infrastructure for that to happen,” he said.
The Australian freely admitted that he would have liked to stay on as coach, and it was a view backed by Shakib.
In the end, the wider public will probably remember Siddons’s tenure bitterly for 58 and 78, but that would be quite unfair on a man who has done almost as much for Bangladesh cricket as his predecessor Dav Whatmore.
It was certainly no Indian Summer, but as Siddons himself said in the final reckoning, it was a good thing, and “all good things must come to an end.”

 

Courtesy of The Daily Star

Related News

Gautam Gambhir named India head coach

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Star of India’s title-winning campaign in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2011, former opener Gautam Gambhir has been named as the new head coach of the India men’s cricket team. He will take over from Rahul Dravid after a successful ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 campaign. The 42-year-old’s most ... Read more

T20 World Cup: India end 11-year-drought for ICC crown after Barbados thriller

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com India came back from behind to beat South Africa by seven runs in the final and become the unbeaten champions of the T20 World Cup 2024 at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Saturday. It was the first time a team won the tournament without losing a single game. It was South ... Read more

ICC punishes Tanzim Sakib for ‘inappropriate physical contact’ against Nepal captain in T20 World Cup

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh seamer Tanzim Hasan Sakib has been fined 15 percent of his match fee for his code of conduct violation on Sunday, the International Cricket Council (ICC) stated in a press release. The incident took place in the third over of the Nepal chase, where amidst a spirited spell Tanzim had ... Read more

Kane Williamson steps down as captain

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Kane Williamson has stepped down as the skipper of the New Zealand white-ball teams and has also declined a central contract from the board for the 2024-25 season following the country’s devastating performance in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 in the USA. “Helping push the team forward across the ... Read more

Bangladesh beat Sri Lanka by 2 wickets in T20 World Cup thriller

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Towhid Hridoy’s aggression and Litton Das’ calmness backed up the heroic effort from the Bangladesh bowlers and handed Sri Lanka a two-wicket defeat in a tense T20 World Cup game at the Grand Prairie Cricket Stadium in Dallas. With the win over Sri Lanka, Bangladesh now are a better-placed team of ... Read more

India crush Bangladesh in final warm-up

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh suffered a crushing 60-run defeat to India in their final official T20 World Cup warm-up match at the Nassau County Cricket Stadium in New York on Saturday. Mahmudullah was the only Bangladesh batter who looked comfortable on a difficult wicket and a big ground. While the others huffed and puffed, ... Read more

Saikat to officiate in T20 World Cup opener

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid Saikat will become the first Bangladeshi umpire to officiate at an ICC Men’s T20 World Cup when he stands in the tournament opener between USA and Canada, said an ICC press release on Wednesday. Saikat, 47, took charge of five matches at last year’s ICC Men’s Cricket World ... Read more

BCB announce World Cup squad with Taskin

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Taskin Ahmed, after concerns with a rib injury, has been included in the Bangladesh national team’s 15-man squad for the forthcoming T20 World Cup in West Indies and USA as the Bangladesh Cricket Board announced on Tuesday. This is also the squad for Bangladesh’s three-match T20I series against USA later this ... Read more

Tigers to tour West Indies in November

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The Bangladesh national cricket team is scheduled to tour the West Indies in November to feature in two Tests, three one-day internationals, and as many T20Is, revealed the Windies Cricket Board in a press release on Saturday. The first Test will begin on November 22 in Antiga, while the second and ... Read more

ICC bans Nasir for two years

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh all-rounder Nasir Hossain has been for two years by the International Cricket Council after he accepted three charges of breaching the Emirates Cricket Board’s Anti-Corruption Code. The charges against Nasir were in relation to the 2021 Abu Dhabi T10 League. Six months of his two-year ban is suspended, meaning the ... Read more

New Zealand win 3rd T20I to level series 1-1 with Bangladesh

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com New Zealand beat Bangladesh by 17 runs (DLS method) in the third and final T20I of the three-match series against Bangladesh at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Sunday. The win made sure the hosts level the series 1-1 after losing the first match, and the second contest being called ... Read more

New Zealand-Bangladesh second T20I called off due to persistent rain

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The second T20I between New Zealand and Bangladesh of the three-match series at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui has been called off due to persistent rain. New Zealand were 72-2 after 11 overs when the umpires decided the rain was too heavy to continue the proceedings. Shoriful Islam was impressive ... Read more

Shorna seals Tigresses’ historic first-ever T20I win against South Africa

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com All-rounder Shorna Akter stole the show in Benoni as she picked up five wickets to hand Bangladesh women’s national team their first-ever win on South African soil as they beat the Proteas by 13 runs in the first Twenty20 International of the three-match series on Sunday. This is Bangladesh’s first win ... Read more

Bangladesh’s Marufa and Rabeya included in women IPL auction list

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com The second edition of the Indian women’s franchise-based Women’s Premier League will take place next year. The auction for the tournament will be held on 9 December this year. Bangladesh cricketers Rabeya Khatun and Marufa Akter are placed in the draft of that auction. The base price of both of them ... Read more

Bangladesh wins historic Test match against New Zealand

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Taijul Islam picked up his second 10-wicket haul in Tests to take Bangladesh to a historic 150-run win over New Zealand on the final day of their first Test in Sylhet on Saturday. This is Bangladesh’s second-ever win over New Zealand and the first at home against them. This is also ... Read more

England brings down the Tigers

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Bangladesh failed to maintain the momentum gained by beating Afghanistan in the opening match as they suffered a massive 137-run defeat against defending champions England in the second match of the ICC World Cup in Dharamsala on Tuesday. After being put into bat first by Bangladesh skipper Shakib Al Hasan, England ... Read more

Emirates shares excitement with cricket lovers

The airline brand named ICC’s Cricket World Cup airline partner Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com Emirates has announced it is the official airline partner of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023. Kicking off the 13th edition of the tournament, the airline brand shares its excitement for the game with a video featuring Indian batsman, Dinesh ... Read more

South Africa crush Sri Lanka by 102 runs in World Cup opener

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com South Africa came with a dominating performance as they defeat Sri Lanka by a big margin of of 102 runs in the fourth game of the World Cup on Saturday. The Proteas bowled the Lankan batters out for 326 runs in 44.5 overs while defending the mammoth total of 428 runs ... Read more

Bangladesh beat Afghanistan by 6 wickets in opener

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com A stunning all-round display from Mehidy Hasan Mirza, who notched up a half-century and claimed three wickets, powered Bangladesh to a comprehensive six-wicket win over Afghanistan in their first match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 in Dharamsala on Saturday. After winning the toss and electing to bat, Bangladesh captain ... Read more

Nagad to gift BMW to Bangladesh cricketers if they win World Cup

Sports Desk : dhakamirror.com If Bangladesh wins the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup in 2023, mobile banking service provider Nagad will gift BMW-branded cars to every cricketer in the team. This was announced by Tanvir A Mishuk, founder and managing director of Nagad, expressing his belief that winning the World Cup would be a significant ... Read more