‘Afghan-experience to help me understand Tigers’

Sports Correspondent

22 August, 2019 12:00 AM printer

‘Afghan-experience to help me understand Tigers’

Bangladesh’s newly appointed pace bowling coach Charl Langeveldt believes that his stint with Afghanistan will help him understand his charges better in the coming days.

Langeveldt replaced former West Indian great Courtney Walsh as his contract was not renewed after ICC World Cup 2019.

The former South African bowling coach worked as for Afghanistan Cricket Board before signing the contract with Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and joined the national team’s conditioning camp along with compatriot Russell Domingo on Wednesday.

Langeveldt said that he is excited to be back in the subcontinent and it will be easy as there will be other South Africans in the dressing room apart from Domingo he will also have Neil Mckenzie and Ryan Cook as companion in the form of batting and fielding coach respectively.

“It makes life a lot easier. Of course I have worked with Russel and he is a guy with good communication skills. I thought it was excellent opportunity coming to the sub-continent and having Russell with me along with McKenzie and Ryan Cook,” Langeveldt told reporters before adding he is well aware that in a spin dominated attack he has got a formidable job at hand of producing fast bowlers especially who can be effective in overseas condition.

“That’s a challenge I faced when I coached Afghanistan as well that’s a challenge there (coaching a spin dominated unit),” said Langeveldt.

“If you can rectify that and if you can strike with the new ball I think you can be lucky for the spinners and you will compete a lot more in terms of Test cricket. I think it can be the small things and technical things. If you look at Fizz (Mustafizur Rahman), he is the type of guy who can swing the ball into the left-hander. So that’s a technical thing and as well as tactical. New ball is important for one-day cricket and even in Test cricket. The challenge for me is to find seamers who can bowl well outside Bangladesh. They can bowl at good line and length in South Africa and Australia. If you look at India now they have got three seamers and they can win matches at South Africa and Australia. We have to find seamers somehow so that when we go to those conditions abroad we can compete,” he said.

Langeveldt added that he is well aware that crossing the language barrier is most important for him as there is wide spread allegations that Bangladeshi pace bowlers did not understand the pronunciation of Walsh during his stint with the national squad.

“It was a challenge for me in Afghanistan as well. I have found if you work one on one with a player then he tends to open up more than in a group situation. Garnering this experience in Afghanistan where the players would say yes but wouldn’t understand and I have experienced this, I now know how to deal with it. I want to work one on one with players to make sure that if he doesn’t understand then bring someone to make him understand. Slow it down and not speak so fast and listen what he is saying. And then build the relationship because it is important to have good relationship with your fast bowlers. Even if it means speaking about his family and how he is more comfortable. We have to make him understand that he is welcome to come into my room and if required we will have an interpreter,” he said.

“I know it’s a challenge but it is something I am looking forward to,” he said adding that he is not keen to replicate Walsh and looks forward to help his bowlers be aggressive in line and length.

“Walsh was a great bowler but I have got different philosophy. My coaching method is different it has got more to do with skill building,” he said.

“Swing bowling, it was my forte and I can assist the guys in that regards on how to swing the ball. If the ball is not swinging he needs to be consistent. For me consistency means being aggressive in line and length,” he concluded.