Five things Bangladesh have done right to create its current squad
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Five things Bangladesh have done right to create its current squad

From a new coach, to a focus on pace, HT looks at the five key changes that have aided Bangladesh’s rise in the past year

cricket Updated: Mar 03, 2016 17:38 IST
Kushal Phatarpekar
Kushal Phatarpekar
Hindustan Times
Asia Cup 2016,Bangladesh Cricket Team,Chandika Hathurasingha
The Bangladesh cricket team celebrates its win over Pakistan in the Asia Cup T20, their third straight win of the tournament.(AFP Photo)

In June 2014, Chandika Hathurasingha was appointed the head coach of the Bangladesh. The former Sri Lanka cricketer, who has coached New South Wales in Australia, has previosuly coached junior sides like the Sri Lanka ‘A’ side as well as coached associate team of UAE.

An understanding new coach

His understanding of honing the raw talent of youngsters and limitations of an associate team seem to have helped his grasp the requirements of running the Bangladesh outfit. He brought in discipline and reigned in the senior players and set an example for youngsters. It has been reported that Hathrasingha has not been afraid in dealing with the Bangladesh Cricket Board when it has come to selection matters and in the past year has pushed for the likes of Mohamadullah and Soumya Sarkar.

Shift in focus from spin to pace

A few years ago, Bangladesh depended heavily on spin. they had as many as four spinners in the side. In this past one year the focus has shifted on to pacers considering the pool of quality pace bowlers on offer. The BCB appointed former Zimbabwe cricketer Heath Streak as bowling coach of the side and gave him the liberty of creating a pool of pace bowlers and moulding them into national team players. To his credit it in only in the last one year, that talented bowlers like the young Mistafizur Rahaman has come to the fore.

BKSP feeder line working fine

Bangladesh’s few sports academy’s are slowly but surely succeeding in their endeavour of creating fresh talent in the various discipline of sports, especially cricket. The Bangladesh Krira Shiksha Protishthan (BKSP), an autonomous sports institute formed by the government in 1986, has in the past few years produced players of note, who have not only represented the country, but have directly contributed to the national team’s sudden success in the past year. Current national team members, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim, Soumya Sarkar all come from the BKSP. The national cricket academy too has played its part, with the bowling foundation helping the likes of Mustazfizur find the right platform to reach the national side.

High Performance programme

In the last year, the BCB relaunched its High Performance programme that is designed to prepare the players to cope with the international pressure. The multi-crore project was initiated last year at a cost of $1million. The 17-week programme is supervised by director of coaching Paul Terry along with head coach Mal Loye. There around 36 coaching and support staff who work as part of the programme to train these youngsters who are then launched into the national side once the programme is finished.

Pace Bowling foundation

The BCB’s pace bowling foundation has been churning out some fiery fast bowlers in the recent past. Mustafizur Rahman, Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin Hossain, all part of the squad for the Asia Cup and World T20 are all products of this foundation. The BCB which had launched this programme years ago, has now started supplying quality pacers, who are refined enough to make the cut for the national side.

First Published: Mar 03, 2016 15:17 IST