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Bangladesh appoint Jurgensen

Bangladesh have appointed Australian Shane Jurgensen as their new head coach on a one-year contract.

Jurgensen has been working as the team's bowling coach but was promoted after guiding Bangladesh to a 3-2 one-day international series win against West Indies at home in December.

He acted as interim coach for that series when Englishman Richard Pybus refused to continue in the wake of a contract dispute.

"We had several candidates for the position of head coach. But there was no one better than Jurgensen," said Jalal Younus, the chairman of the BCB media committee.

"So we decided to appoint him as head coach up to December 2013."

Jurgensen's first assignment will be a visit to Sri Lanka for a two-Test and three one-day international series starting in March.

Younus said former Pakistan spinner Saqlain Mushtaq could also return to the coaching staff if a deal can be agreed after he worked as spin bowling coach from August to December last year.

"Saqlain told us he will be available for maximum 100 days in a year. We are now trying sort out when actually we need his services. If everything goes according to plan he also can join us," Younus said.