Tigers excited to get high profile coaches

Sports Correspondent

19 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

The national cricketers were extremely happy to have the opportunity of getting a high profile coaching panel that was almost complete with the inclusion of the South African Russell Domingo as head coach.

Earlier, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) appointed Domingo’s compatriot Charl Langevedlt as fast bowling coach while Neil McKenzie as batting coach in ODI format. Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori has taken up the role of spin bowling coach.

As far as the name and fame is concerned, this panel of backroom staff look formidable and the players welcomed their inclusion.

“I think this coaching panel is really high profile and it would be positive for us,” said Bangladesh senior player Mahmudullah Riyad.

“Personally I am yet to talk to Domingo but I know he has a wealth of experience. He was been the coach of a team like South Africa and he had done excellent job with them. I believe we can learn a lot from him,” told Riyad

“We have been working with Neil McKenzie for a long time. He is really a good batting coach. I have played with Langeveldt in a Sri Lankan Premier League. He is a good soul along with being a good bowler. I think his inclusion will have good impact in our pace bowling department,” told Mahmudullah.

Mahmudullah personally is looking forward to work with Daniel Vettori who was a top spinner during his career. Mahmudullah himself a spinner, is on the verge of resuming his bowling again after his shoulder injury. However, he believes that with the advice of Vettori, he can hone his spin bowling skills even more.

“We know how good a bowler Vettori was. He is a good coach also as he worked with some franchisees around the world. I am keen to talk to him as I want to discuss about my bowling. He is the ideal person to take some advice from,” he remarked.

The question however which came to the fore is whether Bangladeshi players could interact with the coaching panel without any discomfort. Mahmudullah played down any possibility of compatibility issues, saying that the communication process should be a two-way one.

“When they played cricket, they were high profile players but their coaching career is also an enviable one. To get good results, the communication process should be a two-way one. The cricketers should work hard and the coaches should help the players, motivate the players. The players and coaches both should exchange the information and then the result will come,” he said.

Fast bowler Taskin Ahmed believed that Domingo’s decision to oversee the domestic cricket would bring good results for Bangladesh cricket.

“If he watches domestic league, it will be helpful for us. The players will remain serious in that case,” Taskin said.

“I am excited to work with him. He was the coach of a big team like South Africa. I think he will be very helpful for the young cricketers also,” told Taskin.