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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Bangladesh s new head coach
Chandika Hathurusingha will put
his focus on establishing the best
possible environment around the
team to ensure better results.
Hathurusingha, the former Sri
Lanka batsman, also believes the
team can go past the first round
of the 2015 World Cup.
Bangladesh have only played 20
international matches in Australia
and New Zealand, the last of which
was in January 2010. They toured
Australia in 2003 and 2008, and
have never won a match in the
two countries. Hathurusingha
however said that with some of
the Bangladesh players approach-
ing their peak in terms of age and
fitness, he is looking forward to a
place in the World Cup s second
"The main thing is we get the
right combination and be prepared
to play in Australia and New
Zealand," Hathurusingha said. "It
is going to be a challenge for sub-
continent teams with the condi-
tions. So if we prepare intelligently
enough or specifically enough, we
second round, that s my first goal.
"The plan for us is to build on
what we have," he said. "I haven t
spoken to the team yet. I haven t
seen them playing for last four
years because we hardly get to see
them in Australia. I know the capa-
bilities of some of the players when
I was with Sri Lanka before 2010.
Some of the players are coming
into their peak."
Hathurusingha was appointed
on May 19 for a two-year tenure,
and although the agreement states
that he would start working from
July 1, he has come to Bangladesh
earlier due to the ODI series against
India next week. He arrived in
Dhaka on Monday night, and yes-
terday, he visited the Shere Bangla
National Stadium to meet players
and officials for the first time.
"As long as we improve as a
team and if we train properly and
keep the right environment for
players to develop as individuals
as well as players, I think the results
will take care of themselves,"
Hathurusingha said. "My job is to
get that environment and
resources, and for everyone in the
office and involved with the team
to work at the best of their ability
so that the team gets the best sup-
"If we do that, as I have seen
with the Sri Lanka team and in
my last four years in Australia,
teams do well most of the time
when the best system is in place.
That s what I am focusing on."
Hathurusingha replaced Shane
Jurgensen who resigned on April
28 after being in charge for just
over a year. Jurgensen was appoint-
ed till after the World Cup but his
early departure means that the
new coach has eight months to
prepare the team for a massive
One of his initial focuses is to
get everything in place off the field,
for which he has already discussed
with his new employers. "It is
something that I have spoken to
them when they offered me [the
job]," Hathurusingha said. "They
are prepared to give us all the sup-
port. I think the current board real-
ly wants to make change, and that s
what they are doing. Me being here
is a result of that."
targets W Cup
SYDNEY---Swing bowling all-
rounder Gary Gilmour, who
played 15 cricket tests for Aus-
tralia between 1973 and 1977 and
was one of the stars of the inau-
gural World Cup in 1975, died yes-
terday at the age of 62.
Cricket officials said Gilmour
battled health problems for several
years and complications escalated
after a recent fall.
The left-armed Gilmour took
figures of 6--14 against England
in the 1975 World Cup semifinal.
The then 23-year-old also claimed
5--48 in the final, which Australia
lost to the West Indies.
Gilmour underwent a liver
transplant in 2005, when his for-
mer captain Ian Chappell led a
number of former team-mates in
raising money for the operation.
He is survived by his wife, Helen,
two sons and a daughter. (AP)
Former Australian cricketer
Gilmour dies aged 62
LE TEIL---Niklas Arndt edged
Kris Boeckmans in a sprint finish
to win the third stage of the Cri-
terium du Dauphine in searing
Chris Froome, who won the
opening two stages, finished safely
in the peloton to maintain his over-
all lead of 12 seconds over two-
time Tour de France winner and
main rival Alberto Contador.
Boeckmans nearly caught Arndt
at the line, but the photo finish
showed the German had won by
the width of a bike tire.
Reinardt Janse van Rensburg was
third at the end of the 194-kilo-
metre (120.55-mile) leg from
Ambert to Le Teil.
"I didn t expect to win today
because our designated sprinter
was Reinardt but he crashed earlier
on, so we didn t know if he d be
up for the sprint and we decided
to rush to the line with two sprint-
ers," Arndt said.
British rider Froome won the
Dauphine last year and went on
to capture the Tour de France title
a few weeks later.
After an early break, a trio of
riders led the rest of the pack
through the hills for some 170 kilo-
metres (105.6 miles) before being
Another eight riders broke away
shortly after that, but they, too,
were reeled in by the peloton,
which remained tightly packed for
the final five kilometres (three
miles) until the sprint finish.
"It was a hectic sprint after a
hard day of racing because of the
heat and because we first had to
catch the breakaway," Arndt said.
Today s fourth stage is a 167.5-
kilometre (104-mile) leg from
Montelimar to Gap. (AP)
Arndt narrowly wins 3rd stage of Dauphine
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