Jamie Siddons to look-out at HP team beside national team
CRICDOT DESK : Jamie Siddons is a charismatic man. When he was the head coach of the national team, he used to run and work. His habit is to take care of everything. A decade later, at the age of 56, he has remained as agile as ever. A day after arriving in Dhaka, the batting consultant coach of Tamim Iqbal started working. He is currently busy with table work.
He had a long meeting with the national team selectors at Sher-e-Bangla Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. He tried to get ideas about national team and HP cricketers. Today he will be given a list of 36 people from the national pool to study.
Although he returned to the country after completing his contract in 2011, Jamie was indirectly involved in Bangladesh cricket. He used to watch national team matches on TV. Tamim used to communicate more or less with Shakib. Tamim has also contacted Jamie twice to get his batting tips. He used to inquire regularly from former assistant coach of the national team Mohammad Salauddin. He also had close contact with some of the former and current board directors. Since then, he has a rough idea of the national team cricketers.
After securing a job with the BCB, he studied with national team cricketers in Australia. So he tried to find out more from the selectors about the players of the pipeline and the reserve bench. When asked about this, Chief Selector Minhazul Abedin Nannu said, “Jamie left a long time ago. Although several cricketers of his time were in the national team, not much is known about most of them. Basically discuss to get ideas about the players. We’ve been on board since morning. The coach wants to know who is like and who needs to improve. We have briefed by name. Tomorrow (today) I will give a list of 36 people with pictures, so that you can recognize the players before going to work. There has been a lot of talk about national team and HP cricketers in particular.
READ MORE: Justin Langer Steps Down as Australia Coach
Jamie has agreed to give time to HP’s batsmen as well as the national team. The BCB has taken this initiative to bring the skilled cricketers from the pipeline to the national team. Chief selector Nannu said, “Several people from HP are playing in the national team. Cricketers will come up from here in front. If you can fix the basics of batting now, you will not have to face any challenge in international cricket. I asked Jamie and he agreed to have some sessions with the HP batsmen. ‘
It may be easier for Jamie to work because he has a good idea about the cricket culture of Bangladesh and the mentality of the players. Selector Habibul Bashar also thinks so, ‘Jamie will understand the batsmen’s pulse as he has previous work experience. Get ideas about everyone from senior cricketers. The best part is, Jamie watches the game. Today (yesterday) I waited till 5 pm to watch the match. Watching the BPL match before the start of the camp will give him a clear idea. I believe that will work during the camp.
Jamie has no other job in Dhaka at the moment. His job is to watch BPL matches and plan with the batsmen.