Former Sudbury player will get the best out of Bangladesh

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LAWRENCE Pybus has backed his brother and former Sudbury team-mate to take Bangladesh up the world rankings, writes Russell Claydon.

Richard Pybus, who first gave an indication of his coaching talents helping out during his time with the Talbots from around 1985 to 1990, was recently appointed head coach of Bangladesh’s national side.

And his brother, who hopes to play a part in Sudbury’s cricket week in July with their parents Rodney and Ella still living in the town, thinks it is a great appointment for the side ranked ninth in test and one-day cricket.

“He has been the most successful coach in South African cricket over the last 10 years,” he said of his 49-year-old brother who also spent a couple of seasons with Halstead.

“When he coached Pakistan (over two spells from 1990) he was relatively inexperienced in first class cricket but since then he has had a lot more experience. I think he will do well.”

He added: “They are on the bottom rung of the ladder and the only way is up. They have talented players who have not performed consistently and Richard is a good man-manager who has proved he can get the best out of players.”

Sudbury captain Darren Batch, who was pleased with his side’s draw with high-scoring Great Witchingham on Saturday, said: “Obviously the club is really pleased for him and it is really good to see someone connected with the club doing so well.”

Suffolk fast bowler Matthew Hunn returns for the home clash with ninth-placed Burwell on Saturday (11am), with spinner Ben Reece also available. Jonny Gallagher (exams) will miss out and off spinner Clive Kyangungu drops down to the second team as he bids to sharpen up with more match practice.