Richard Pybus appointed new coach for Bangladesh Cricket Team with two-year contract
Richard Pybus, the former Pakistan coach, has been named Bangladesh coach, taking over from Stuart Law who resigned in April. Pybus, 47, has signed a two-year deal with the BCB and is expected to join the Bangladesh side before their tour of Zimbabwe next month.
“I am delighted at the opportunity of coaching Bangladesh,” Pybus said. “I am looking forward to getting busy with the boys.
“We have an active schedule ahead of us and for me the next few months will be about building relationships with the players and the coaching staff and ensuring that the progress made up to the Asia Cup continues.”
Pybus hasn’t been in charge of an international side since 2003 but had flown to Bangladesh earlier this month to interview for the national coach’s role. He will be Bangladesh’s third coach in a year as Law had been in the post for only nine months after succeeding another Australian Jamie Siddons last July.
Pybus was appointed Pakistan coach for their 1999 World Cup campaign, while he was with Border, before returning to the South African provincial side. He coached Pakistan again until the 2003 World Cup and had stints with Titans and Cape Cobras (South Africa), and Middlesex. He was with Cobras until March 2012 and was also linked to the South Africa job last year.
Born and raised in the north-east of England, Richard Pybus’s own sporting ambitions were cut short by a succession of injuries, and so he took up coaching while in his mid twenties. He coached Border in South Africa before being poached by Pakistan ahead of their 1999 World Cup campaign. But a change of leadership meant he lost his job – he had described the interim chairman, at the time the side’s manager, as a “bumbling old idiot” who he had had to treat for old age! He returned to Border but took charge of Pakistan for a second time until after the 2003 World Cup and from 2005 to the end of the 2006-07 season he was with the Titans. He was appointed coach of Middlesex in February 2007 but five months later quit citing personal reasons.
A right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler, Richard Pybus’ cricketing career was threatened with injuries and hence, Pybus could not continue with his dream. He played just one List A game, and in his twenties, took up coaching as his profession. He first coached Border in South Africa in 1998-99, during which the team reached the finals of the SuperSport series for the first time. He was later appointed as consultant to the Pakistan national team, when they reached the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Although he returned to Border after the stint, Pybus took charge of Pakistan until after the 2003 WC and then progressed to the Titans, where he was the head coach between 2005-06 and 2008-09. The Titans did very well under his tutelage as they clinched six titles in four seasons. A short stint with Middlesex followed in 2007, but Pybus stepped down after five months due to personal reasons. He left the Titans in 2009 and a year later, was appointed coach of the Cape Cobras for the next three years.
Full name: Richard Alexander Pybus
Born: July 5, 1964, Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland
Current age: 47 years 330 days
Major teams: Suffolk
Batting style: Right-hand bat
Bowling style: Right-arm fast-medium
Current Profession: Coach (Bangladesh National Cricket Team)
Richard Pybus’s Overview
- Owner Optimal Performance Coaching System
- Head Coach of Bangladesh Cricket Team
- Head Coach – Professional Cricket Manager at Titans Cricket / Cobras Cricket
- Normanhurst Boys High (Sydney) – Ulverston Victoria Grammar School ( Cumbria)
- Portsmouth and Greenwich Universities – Hons and Post Grad, Media, Lit, EducationFirst Hons Degree in Lit, Media and Comms from Portsmouth Uni, PGCE from Greenwich Uni
Richard Pybus’ Experience
Owner: Optimal Performance Coaching System, Cape Town – (March 2012 – May 2012)
Head Coach – Professional Cricket Manager:
Head Coach Of Titans Cricket 2005 – 09
Head Coach of Cobras Cricket 2010 – May 2012
Head Coach of Bangladesh Cricket Team 2012-current
Richard Pybus’ Honors and Awards:
- South African Cricket Coach of the Year ( Runner Up ) 2005-6
South African Cricket Coach of the Year ( Runner Up ) 2006-7
South African Cricket Coach of the Year ( Runner Up ) 2007-8
South African Cricket Coach of the Year ( Winner ) 2008-9
On Holiday 2009-10
South African Cricket Coach of the Year ( Winner ) 2010-11