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We still have to prepare for the unexpected: Pocknall

  • Samsul Arefin Khan
  • 28th August, 2021 09:48:25 PM
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We still have to prepare for the unexpected: Pocknall

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New Zealand stand-in coach Glenn Pocknall warned his charges to get prepared for the unexpected in Bangladesh despite their receiving valuable information about the condition and wickets from two former Bangladeshi coaches – Jamie Siddons and Thilan Samaraweera.

Pocknall had previous experience of working with former Australian batsman Siddons, the head coach of the Tigers between 2007 to 2011, for Wellington Firebirds - one of the successful first-class teams of New Zealand.

Meanwhile, former Sri Lankan batter Samaraweera, who worked as a batting consultant for Bangladesh national team between September 2016 to July 2017, is currently one of the key members of the New Zealand coaching set-up.

Pocknall claimed that he will simplify the gathered information from these two to his boys before they take on Bangladesh in the first of five-match T20I series on September 1 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka.

“I have worked with Jamie for three years. He has good knowledge on the conditions and likewise for Thilan,” said Pocknall, who was appointed as Gary Stead’s replacement for the T20I series against Bangladesh and ODIs in Pakistan, on Saturday.

“So it is about gathering all that information and simplify it before passing it on to the players. At the end of the day, we still have to prepare for the unexpected. Pitches and conditions can change. These things can change from time to time.

“He (Samaraweera) has been great. He has had a bit of experience with the Bangladesh team, as well as a coach and a player in Asian conditions. He is helping the batsmen by giving them more options of playing spin bowling. It is hopefully going to be invaluable for us in these matches,” he added.

Pocknall said they got ideas about the wickets in Bangladesh by watching the previous series between the hosts and Australia on Youtube and they are also preparing to face a similar challenge in terms of pitches offered by the hosts during the upcoming series.

“We managed to see quite a lot on Youtube. Bangladesh were also in New Zealand and although it was different conditions, we certainly have enough information to arm ourselves with how they think they will play against us,” he said. 

“We have to be open about preparing for both scenarios (about pitches). We are probably preparing for a slow and low wicket like the Australia series. We are not used to that. But if it has a bit more pace and bounce, we will be quite happy with that,” he added.

Pocknall informed that they will also look to cash in the all-round ability of Colin de Grandhomme, who offers destructive batting in the middle-order while also bowls handy medium pace-bowling, in a condition like Bangladesh where he can be a big asset for the visitors.

“He is a very experienced T20 player. He will be a big part of our side with bat, ball and using his experience to help a lot of the inexperienced players. We will look at him to help guys in certain situations. We expect him to put his best foot forward as a player,” he said.

The New Zealand coach also informed that they might go with the attacking option against pacer Mustafizur Rahman in order to stop him from repeating the same Australia series performance against them.

“He (Mustafizur) bowled outstandingly well. It was pretty special to watch how well he executed his deliveries. I think he is a threat as much as the other Bangladesh players.

“We have had a good look at him and discussed how we feel we can target him. But it comes down to how we can execute it in the games. Trying to put him under pressure and do something different is the aim against him,” he added.