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Nazmul impressed with Sriram’s new mindset

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 28th November, 2022 10:01:59 PM
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Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon hinted that they might go for a separate coaching set-up for white-ball and red-ball in the future.

Many cricketing nations in modern times have opted for split coaching by appointing different coaching set-ups for red and white balls and the performance of England in both formats only validates that this is the way going forward.

However, BCB came up with a unique split coaching formula ahead of the Asia Cup this year by appointing Sridharan Sriram as the technical consultant of T20Is following disappointing results under the then across-format head coach Russell Domingo and decided that Domingo will look after the ODIs and Tests set-up.

 “Till now, we don’t have any plan (of having separate set-up for red and white balls) because our ODI team is in a good position now so we have not tried to disrupt it but if it is required certainly we will do that (having separate set-up for white and red balls),” Nazmul told reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.

The announcement only suggests that Domingo might be entrusted with the duty of guiding the Test squad while whoever will be in-charge of T20Is might have to take the responsibility of the ODIs squad because both formats are quite similar in a lot of ways.

Nazmul said that they opted to give the responsibility of the T20Is in the hand of Sriram as they wanted to have someone with new ideas for the shortest format and develop a new mindset as well to fulfill the requirement to do well in T20Is and though they have not achieved anything great as yet he is impressed with Sriram as he managed to show some positive changes in the recent past.

 “If we take three formats into consideration than T20 was below in the table and we were really playing badly in the shortest format. We were going to the bottom and that is why we decided to bring wholesale changes in this format. We wanted to have a different mindset but that does not mean we will be totally changed on short notice or win all the matches,” said Nazmul.

 “Due to that (in order to bring in new ideas and mindset for T20Is) we have made certain changes and that is not only changing the coach in the T20Is but along with that there were changes in players as well for the shortest format and I feel we have not done well but certainly compared to other World Cups and Asia Cup we did well and though we lost it appeared that we were playing for a win,” he said.

 “We were looking for a different mindset with totally new ideas and because he (Sriram) is involved in IPL we wanted to include him as we were looking for such a mindset and I feel we have got what we wanted (from Sriram),” he said.

 “I think in the World Cup we have announced that Bangladesh are coming in the shortest format and it will be a good thing because these players (T20Is) are super and capable of beating any team,” he concluded.