Dhaka - Former Australian leg-spinner Stuart MacGill has
turned down a Bangladesh offer to join the side ahead of two-Test series
against his home country, a senior cricket official said on Thursday.
Bangladesh were hoping to get some inside knowledge from
MacGill, who took 208 wickets in 44 Tests for Australia, before the crucial
home series against Steven Smith's team beginning later this month.
MacGill was expected to join another Australian, Mark
O'Neill, on the Bangladesh backroom staff for the tour by the world number
"You know that our president (Bangladesh Cricket Board
president Nazmul Hassan) already cleared it that Stuart MacGill was our first
choice as spin bowling coach," BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin
"(But) for some of his personal reasons he cannot join
the team at the moment," Chowdhury told reporters at a press briefing in
"We will now go for our second or third option. We hope
within a day or two we will be able to tell something about this," he
Bangladesh have been without a spin bowling coach since the
BCB sacked Sri Lankan Ruwan Kalpage, who failed to report for duty following a
deadly Islamist extremist attack at a posh Dhaka cafe in July last year.
Bangladesh, who offered MacGill a short-term deal for three
months, were looking to build on a year in which they recorded their maiden
Test wins over England and Sri Lanka before reaching the Champions Trophy
semi-final in June.
Australia are due to arrive in the Bangladeshi capital on
Friday for their first Test series in the South Asian nation since 2006.
The first Test against Australia is at Dhaka's Sher-e-Bangla
National Stadium from August 27. The second starts in Chittagong on September
Australia were to play two Tests in Bangladesh in October
2015 but the tour was cancelled after a wave of attacks by Islamist extremists
in the Muslim-majority nation.