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.
“You know that our president Nazmul Hassan already cleared it that Stuart MacGill was our first choice as spin bowling coach,” BCB chief executive officer Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.
“But for some of his personal reasons he cannot join the team at the moment,” Chowdhury told reporters at a press briefing in Dhaka.
Australia are due to arrive in the Bangladeshi capital on Friday and first Test is at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium from August 27. The second starts in Chittagong on September 4.