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Law to leave Bangladesh for academy role

DECORATED former Queensland batsman Stuart Law has shelved his immediate international coaching career to return to Australia in a key development role.

Law yesterday announced he was quitting as head coach of Bangladesh for family reasons.  When he returns in July to Australia to live in Australia - after an eight-year stint in England and the subcontinent - The Age believes he is set to become the new deputy to Centre of Excellence head coach Troy Cooley.

The 44-year-old's tenure at the helm of Bangladesh began in July last year and was said to be on a two-year term.

 It included leading the Tigers to the final of the Asia Cup ODI tournament last month, where it narrowly lost to Pakistan.

Law yesterday announced his resignation, "with great regret and a heavy heart".

His decision shocked the Bangladesh Cricket Board, although a spokesman told ESPNcricinfo said its disappointment was tempered by the understanding he was prioritising his family.

Law, a long-time captain of Queensland, played one Test and 54 ODIs for Australia as a batsman between 1994 and 1999. He has not lived in Australia since early 2004, when he ended his first-class career here after the Bulls' Sheffield Shield final loss to Victoria.

Since then, he and his family have predominantly lived in England, where his wife was born, as he concluded his playing career in the county system.

He also had a stint on the coaching staff of Sri Lanka, including as its caretaker head coach, but quit and moved to Bangladesh when Sri Lanka's board dithered over making a full-time appointment.

Cricket Australia has been very interested in appointing Law. His decision to return to his home city of Brisbane is timely, and his mooted position would be at the renamed cricket academy at Allan Border Field rather than CA headquarters in Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh's decision to participate in a lightning tour of Pakistan next month will not increase the possibility of Australia playing in the unsettled country later this year.

The Asian nations' cricket boards have agreed to play two matches in Lahore: an ODI on April 29 and a Twenty20 International the following day.

The matches will be the first internationals played in Pakistan since Sri Lanka's players were injured in an attack by terrorist gunmen in March 2009. Since then, all of Pakistan's designated home series have been played at neutral venues.

Pakistan is designated to host Australia for a limited-overs series - likely five ODIs and a T20I - from late August. It has been widely reported in the subcontinent the Pakistan-Australia series will be hosted by Sri Lanka, although this is yet to be formalised.