Bangladesh National Cricket Team head coach Steve Rhodes expressed his excitement about taking the charge of Tigers as he briefed journalists in his first ever press-conference as Tigers head coach at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital on Wednesday.
The infectious enthusiasm of Bangladeshis regarding cricket has had an impact on Rhodes also. He dwelled on his understanding of the importance of cricket in the collective emotion of Bangladeshi society.“I am very excited. Bangladesh and Bangladeshis are crazy about cricket. Cricket is everything for them. While coming to the stadium from hotel, I saw kids playing cricket even in this hot and humid weather. I even felt like playing with them. It is understandable that the people of Bangladesh are cricket-crazy. It feels really good to be a coach of such a country,” said Steve.
The boys in green are generally known as Tigers in both international and domestic cricketing arena. This title seemed to have caught the attention of the Brit. He expressed his wish to become an integral part of Tigers’ family.
“I also want to be a Tiger,” hoped Rhodes.
Under Rhodes, teamwork might be the most stressed upon aspect of the game as was evident by his multiple statements regarding teamwork.
“Cricket is a team sports. Bangladesh has some really talented players. If they can fire up and there is a good teamwork, then Bangladesh will surely earn some good result out of West Indies series,” told Steve.
“The conditions in West Indies are not easy and will not be in our favour. Caribbeans are at the peak of their confidence after thrashing Sri Lanka recently. The series against them will not be an easy one, But still we will enter the field with positive mindset. We will play to win. Teamwork will be the key. If we can perform well as a team, we might even win,” added Rhodes.Fortunately for Bangladesh, they will have a trick up their sleeve going in to West Indies. Newly appointed Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes coached the in-form Windies pacer Shannon Gabriel during his gig at county. He will be able to share his insight with Tigers batsmen.
“I saw West Indies’ series against Sri Lanka from home. Windies’ ace bowler, Shannon Gabriel, was coached by me during his stay at Worcestershire. I will share that knowledge with Bangladesh batsmen,” concluded Gabriel.