Jamie Siddons is to leave his post as Bangladesh coach at the end of June after the country’s cricket board opted not to extend his contract.
The 46-year-old Siddons has been coaching the Tigers for almost four years after taking over from Dav Whatmore in October 2007. His fate, though, was sealed last month when the team failed to progress to the knockout stages of the World Cup.
Chairman of the Bangladesh Cricket Board Media and Communications Committee Mohammed Jalal Yunus confirmed their decision on Wednesday.
“It has been agreed that national team head coach Jamie Siddons’ contract, which expires on June 30, 2011, will not be extended,” Yunus said.
“We are appreciative of Jamie’s contribution over the last four years. However, we feel the time is right to ring in changes in the team management and support staff. We are going to invite applications for the head coach’s position very soon.”
Siddons, a former Australian batting coach, feels Bangladesh have achieved a lot during his tenure as coach.
“It’s been a great experience and I’ve loved every second of it,” he told Cricinfo. “I think we’ve achieved a lot of things over the past four years, but we’ve also had some really bad moments and the World Cup, particularly the games against West Indies and South Africa, were some of those.”
Siddons’ last assignment as coach is the final game of the three-match ODI series against Australia on Wednesday. Cricket365