Barlow has improved: wife

DHAKA, MAY 7. Bangladesh's cricket coach Eddie Barlow, who suffered a brain haemorrhage last month, has ``improved a little'' and is able to speak, his wife Cally said on Sunday.

She said he had been given physiotherapy for paralysis of the left side of his body. Barlow will be flown to Singapore on Monday for an examination at the Mount Elizabeth hospital. He has been in the Combined Military hospital in Dhaka since collapsing on April 30.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Saber Hossain Chowdhury said Barlow would be treated at the Singapore hospital for a week before being flown home to Capetown.

The BCB has appointed Sarwar Imran, a local coach, to lead the team in the Asia Cup in Dhaka later this month. Barlow, the 59- year-old former South African Test opener, was appointed Bangladesh's national coach last year, replacing former West Indies opener Gordon Greenidge.

- Reuters