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Sujon reiterates desire to become Bangladesh national coach

Winning trophies as a coach is nothing new for Khaled Mahmud Sujon. The former Bangladesh captain won quite a few titles in the country’s domestic circuit as a coach. But never before, prior to last Friday, did the big man win a Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) title. At last, he has opened his account by winning it for Dhaka Dynamites in the fourth season of BPL on Friday.

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Coaching a BPL team is never a cup of tea. The job gets even more difficult when it is a high-profile team like Dhaka Dynamites, full of all-time cricketing greats in Kumar Sangakkara, Mahela Jayawardene, Shakib Al Hasan, Dwayne Bravo, Andre Russell and many others. Still, Sujon has quite successfully shouldered all the pressures bestowed upon him to guide his team to the ultimate victory.

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And now after winning a high-profile tournament like BPL as a coach, Sujon is even more confident to become the head coach of Bangladesh national cricket team someday. According to him, this is now the ultimate dream he has been cherishing for years.

“I am always very passionate about coaching. Whatever else may you see me do, I will never give up doing my job of coaching. Pursuing a permanent career as a cricket coach is now my ultimate target. And if you ask me how long would I like to walk, I would say reaching the highest level is my goal, which is of course to become a national coach someday. I don’t know what’s written in my destiny but I will keep trying hard as long as I am fit enough for that,” said Sujon.

He also added, “You all call me a ‘fighter’. I have this tendency since my childhood. I like to take challenges for which I like to work with relatively smaller teams. But this BPL was an exception, where I had to work with a big team. So there was more pressure than ever on me. But I think I am now more matured than before. So it was rather enjoyable for me to overcome the challenge. Still I know I have a long way to go. I need to learn more. And the more I learn the better, because those new experiences will help me assist the national team.”

Sujon also shared with the reporters how hard it was for him to find out the best team combination in every match for Dhaka Dynamites, as there were too many big foreign names and he could give only four of them a place in the playing XI. “This is a great experience. We couldn’t give Mahela Jayawardene a place in the playing XI. I initially thought, how could I tell this to such a great player like Mahela! Still I was the man to do it, and I did it. Actually all this are learning curves for me. Hopefully one day I will be able to pass these lessons to the players of the national team as their head coach,” concluded Sujon.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com

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