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Englishman Pont appointed Bangladesh bowling coach

Ian Pont
Pont has coached English counties and overseas

Englishman Ian Pont has been appointed Bangladesh's bowling coach.

The 49-year-old held a similar role with the Netherlands for two years until the 2007 World Cup.

Pont told BBC Sport: "It's an exciting job to get my teeth into but there is not much time before the one-day series with New Zealand."

Bangladesh turned to Pont after former South-Africa all-rounder Lance Klusener rejected the position having been approached in August.

Pont, who also runs a cricket academy and is author of the coaching manual The Fast Bowler's Bible, played for Nottinghamshire and Essex in his county career and has been working as technical fast bowling consultant for Northants.

He applied for the bowling coach vacancy with the England team earlier this year but was not shortlisted.

Pont was keen to praise England coach Andy Flower but expressed some concern at an apparent lack of young English fast bowlers coming through: "I know Andy very well and he's doing a brilliant job. England are rebuilding slowly and I hope they do well.

"I don't see huge numbers of fast bowlers coming through the county system. I don't know why that is but we could do with two or three more Stuart Broads."

Bangladesh Cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus said: "He accepted our offer and obtained a visa. Hopefully he will be in Dhaka on Thursday."


The one-day international series against New Zealand starts on 5 October. Pont said: "There is not much time to assess the squad but I know they have some interesting young fast bowlers coming through.

"My first job will be to look at what areas need improving and develop skills that are already good."

In 1987, Pont had trails with a number of Major League Baseball clubs in the US and was a starting pitcher for a Philadelphia Phillies exhibition game. Pont added: "I think I'm seen as a bit left-field. Julien Fountain, the Bangladesh fielding coach, also had a go at baseball so it seems the Bangladesh Cricket Board are fairly open-minded to new ideas."

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