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BCB calls coaching staff for evaluation


Published : 10 Aug 2022 08:45 PM

Bangladesh Cricket Board has said that they feel the national coaching unit needs to instill aggressiveness in the mindset of the team in order to succeed in limited-overs cricket. 

BCB has summoned the coaching staff to Dhaka after the tour of Zimbabwe in order to discuss their future plans considering the board is concerned with the way the team is approaching T20Is in particular. 

Since Bangladesh’s home win over Australia and New Zealand in spin friendly conditions, they’ve hardly enjoyed any consistency in the shorter format, losing 15 out of 19 matches. 

Bangladesh have suffered in T20s due to an inability to play attacking brand of cricket, a prerequisite to do well in T20Is. Russell Domingo & his coaching staff have a good share of the blame apportioned to them for failing to motivate the team to play this brand of 'fearless cricket' introduced by former head coach Chandika Hathurusingha. 

“The support staff is very dedicated but maybe their way of coaching is different. Some coaches are aggressive, some coaches aren't aggressive,” BCB cricket operations chairman Jalal Yunus told reporters.

“You talk about Hathurusingha he has the aggressive style we need. Our head coach is a very knowledgeable coach, but he is not that aggressive. We want that aggression. 

“We feel Chandika can motivate players in the right way. Tell them to have an aggressive attitude on the field. I think there lies the difference. 

“We need someone who can transform us from playing slow cricket to playing attacking cricket, how it is played in T20s. Our coaches are professional and competent. But we have to discuss the aggression with them. We can't just replace them on a whim. We have to know their plan. They are supposed to land on August 19, so we are likely to sit the next day. 

“We need to have a comprehensive plan until the England series next year. We have back-to-back tournaments coming up, so there are issues of player availability and injuries,” he added. 

Jalal added that the BCB felt the team should have been more aggressive against Zimbabwe in the T20Is but also noted that they are not totally disheartened considering the management was trying to make several changes to make a more courageous T20 unit. 

“We all saw what happened so you can evaluate what happened in the third T20I. We should have chased down that target. We admitted that we are not good in T20s, so we took a positive approach to making changes in the team,” said Jalal.

“We had a very precise plan, which we wanted to implement. Maybe those we selected didn't perform up to the mark but we are not totally disappointed,” he added.

Bangladesh will play in the Asia Cup 2022 next, followed by a tri-series in New Zealand to prepare for the forthcoming T20 World Cup in Australia.