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Wednesday, 10 April, 2002, 11:38 GMT 12:38 UK
Bangladesh get new coach
Trevor Chappell during a training session
Australian Trevor Chappell is on the way out
Test novices Bangladesh have terminated the contract of coach Trevor Chappell to replace him with former Pakistan Test player Mohsin Kamal.

The contract of the Australian, the least well-known of the three Chappell brothers, was to last until June.

But the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has relieved him of the coaching responsibilities immediately.

"We have told him that we are going to have a new coach so that we could further improve our performance, especially ahead of the next year's World Cup in South Africa," BCB president Ali Asgar told BBC Sport Online.

Chappell joined Bangladesh in March 2001, but presided over disappointing tours of Zimbabwe and New Zealand.

Mohsin Kamal
Mohsin was a whole-hearted performer

"Trevor was very understanding to the fact that the Board and the players as well want to have a new coach," said Asgar.

Mohsin Kamal will take up his new assignment from the first week of the next month.

"The BCB has informed me that Trevor Chappell is leaving and I should join as soon as possible," Kamal told BBC Sport Online from Lahore.

"I will be in action there from 1 May."

"The players wanted someone from their own culture, someone with whom they could interact in a more friendly manner," Asgar said.

"And the BCB wanted to see more improvement and more convincing results."

  Bangladesh in Cricket
Test status: June 2000
Test played: 11
Test lost: 10
Test won: 0
ODIs played: 50
ODIs won: 3
ODIs lost: 47

He said soon after assuming his responsibilities, Kamal would closely coordinate to look for the new talent from various levels of the Bangladesh Cricket.


Kamal said the coaching assignment was a challenge for him.

"I don't say that I would turn the side into world champions or one of the top most squads, but I am confident that I will be able to bring some measurable improvement in the team."

Since assuming the Test status 18 months ago, Bangladesh have lost 10 of their 11 Tests, a majority of them with a margin of more than an innings.

"They need victories to boost their morale and I will concentrate on this very natural desire of the Bangladeshi team," Kamal said.

"Their immediate requirement is to have one or two good bowlers and batsmen so that the side can click in competitions."

Kamal pointed to Sri Lanka's arrival in Test cricket in 1982, saying that a disappointing debut led to their being one of the world's strongest Test sides.

If I could help them to win one or two, lets say out of ten, I would consider this a success
Mohsin Kamal

"In my view, Bangladesh can also improve quite rapidly as, like other Asian Cricket playing nations, they also have an enormous capacity to learn and adapt."

Kamal said Bangladeshi cricketers were very good athletes - an essential prerequisite in his view to become good cricketers.

He said he had witnessed some very promising cricketers during his recent visit to Bangladesh.

"Some of them might prove to be real gem on international level."

Bangladesh say they are planning to organise training camps for unde-13, 15 and 19 players.

"Besides concentrating on our existing national team, we also want to have a continuous flow of new players in the side," Asgar said.

BCB director Syed Ashraful Haq
"Our players could not communicate with Chappell"
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