Tuesday, September 26, 2023

Siddons keen to hire a Tiger for his Firebirds

Any of the Bangladeshi players could be reunited with his former coach in New Zealand’s domestic cricket provided the Tigers’ international schedules allow him, Jamie Siddons told a local newspaper.
Siddons took over the charge of Wellington after leaving Bangladesh job and has already signed Muttiah Muralitharan as one of the overseas players for  his side, popularly known as the Firebirds.
‘But they might be in the middle of their one-day and T20 tournaments and not be available.’ Siddons told The Dominion Post.
Siddons, who guided the Tigers to 31 one-day international and two Test wins during his three-and-a-half-year stint, was as usual critical of the BCB officials in his interview with the Dominion Post, though he did not make any complaint about life in Bangladesh.
‘For an expat, and someone who’s paid pretty well over there, it’s pretty easy. You get very nice accommodation, you get a driver, you get a maid to do your cooking and cleaning,’ he told of his Bangladesh life.
‘[However] some of the decisions that get made aren’t quite from a cricket viewpoint.’
Siddons thought he had made quite progress with the Bangladesh team after arriving in 2007.
‘I was with the team two weeks before we went to New Zealand and we got smashed in most games and embarrassed in a couple as well. Their skill level was nowhere near international standard,’ he said.
‘I had just come from the Australian team and I knew exactly the difference, which was huge. I just worked day by day trying to get each player to make little steps to get better. In three years’ time we were a lot better; some of the players had become world class,’ he said.

-With New Age input

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