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Australia coach Langer reported of argument with staff for publishing Bangladesh celebration video

  • Published at 12:31 pm August 11th, 2021
Australian team head coach Justin Langer

The coach became involved in heated exchanges with a CA digital team member over video posted on CA channels, reports Sydney Morning Herald

Australia men's cricket team head coach Justin Langer and team manager Gavin Dovey is reported of heated exchanges with a Cricket Australia staffer over publishing a video of Bangladesh team singing their team song after securing a series win against the tourists last week, reports the Sydney Morning Herald.

According to the Australian outlet, sources close to the Australian team have confirmed that a member of CA’s digital team, not named to protect privacy, was given a stern talking-to about the contents of the video.

Australia’s visit to Dhaka earlier this month for a five-match T20I series was unpleasant losing the series 4-1 to the hosts. Bangladesh were dominant over the Australians securing the series winning the first three matches of the series. Australia won the fourth but only to get humiliated in the fifth and the final game getting all-out for a record low 62 runs chasing 122 runs.

Also Read: Bangladesh bundle Aussies out for 62, lowest in their T20I history

Dovey and Langer both took umbrage over the video added to the cricket.com.au website, commemorating Bangladesh’s first bilateral series victory over Australia after the Tigers took a 3-0 lead in the sides’ Twenty20 international series.

The confrontations, which occurred in the team hotel in Dhaka following the series-clinching third game, were separate but took place in quick succession.

Sources close to the team said the incidents were witnessed by at least a dozen people and left some players taken aback and with a sense of unease about what had transpired.

Dovey initially raised the matter with the staffer in a conversation that escalated when the staffer stood their ground over the issue. Dovey had argued that it was inappropriate for the Bangladesh team song to be posted on a CA-operated website.

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Langer and the staffer eventually discussed the matter in a bid to find common ground.

“A healthy team environment includes the ability to have honest and frank discussions, whether it be between players, support staff or others within the team environment, which was the case here,” Australia team manager Dovey was quoted by saying in the report.

“There was a difference of opinion and we agreed to disagree on a particular matter. In hindsight, it was one of those instances which should have taken place in private. I take full ownership of that,” the Australia team official was further quoted in the report.

Langer opted against making a comment.

CA had two digital media operators in Bangladesh, the only travelling journalists with the team on their two-legged tour of the West Indies and Bangladesh.

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