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Jurgensen steps down as coach

Dhaka: Bangladesh’s Australian coach Shane Jurgensen tendered his resignation on Monday, in the wake of the national team’s disastrous performance in the World T20, where they even lost to minnows Hong Kong.

Jurgensen took up the Bangladesh job permanently in February 2013 after being the interim coach for a series, against the West Indies, in 2012.

The former Queensland player was given a two-year contract until the 2015 World Cup, but Bangladesh’s recent results created uncertainty over his future.

Bangladesh were outplayed by Sri Lanka in the first Test in January this year, before drawing the second game in Chittagong. They lost the T20 and ODI series, albeit through narrow defeats.

The Asia Cup brought four defeats, including one against Afghanistan, while their World T20 campaign never gained momentum, the lowest point being their shock defeat at the hands of Hong Kong in the first round.

It is reported that the BCB is already in the hunt for a new coach.

BCB’s cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan, effectively Jurgensen’s boss, has already called it an “emotional decision” and that there will be a meeting with the coach when he arrives in the country later this week.