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Cricket has new coach

Rashneel Kumar
Thursday, May 15, 2014

FORMER Bangladesh cricket coach Shane Jurgensen has been appointed to lead the national cricket side.

Cricket Fiji in a statement yesterday announced the appointment of the Australian mentor as their new national coach.

Jurgensen, who was promoted to the head coach of Bangladesh in 2012, previously served the side as their bowling coach.

Bangladesh is one of the only ten countries in the world to achieve Test playing and full member status with the International Cricket Council.

Jurgensen stepped down from the post earlier this year to spend more time near his young family who resides in Brisbane.

Cricket Fiji finalised the three-year contract with Jurgensen on Wednesday night.

He will coach both the Fijimen's and women's national sides, as well as Fiji's under-age national representative cricket teams.

"Its truly remarkable that we have someone of Shane's calibre coming to work with us here in Fiji," Cricket Fiji's general manager Inoke Lesuma said.

"To gain someone on our team who has come from a test-playing nation to a country that is not currently a part of the World Cricket League is just unheard of."

Lesuma said the position was available through the Fiji National Sports Commission's funding initiative to bring international coaches to help develop and raise the profile of minor sports in the country.

"After an in-depth selection process, which involved over 60 applications for the position, Shane emerged the preferred candidate, due to his previous success of coaching cricket in a developing country, and his experience of working with players who speak a first language different from his own."

Jurgensen, who guided Bangladesh to a 3-0 win over New Zealand in the 2013 ODI series, said he was looking forward to the challenge.

His first assignment will be improving the ranking of the national men's side to get them into division six of the World Cricket League at the ICC's East-Asia Pacific regional qualifiers in November this year.

"I love purely just coaching working directly with the players, answering their questions, seeing their continual improvement … things like that," Jurgensen said.

"In this role, I imagine I will have more time and leeway to do that."

The former Queensland fast bowler will commence work on June 2.





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