A disastrous fielding approach in NZ and poor Nasum’s remarks

Atif Azam

6 April, 2021 12:00 AM printer

A disastrous fielding approach in NZ and poor Nasum’s remarks

Left-arm spinner Nasum Ahmed is in a fix. Out of nowhere, he is hogging the spotlight in different social media platforms as well as news media for spelling out his mind regarding their fielding performance in New Zealand.

It didn’t take time for him to turn into a subject good enough to be trolled in social media after his remark suggested they were finding it difficult to hold catches due to ‘clear sky’ following his arrival from New Zealand on Sunday.

The left-arm spinner was embarrassed furthermore after a few of his team-mates called him to know what he actually meant while speaking with the media after his arrival.

“Actually I couldn’t make you (media) understand what I really wanted to mean by stating that it was difficult to field under the clear sky,” Nasum told The Daily Sun in an embarrassing tone on Monday.  

“Actually the white ball gets lost when it is up in the air of the sky as it is completely different from ours,” he added.

Sohel Islam, former fielding coach and currently spin consultant, who is expected to accompany the team in the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka in place of Daniel Vettori, echoed the same feeling.

“It’s true that sometimes it is difficult to field under those conditions considering the sky over there looks much higher than what we anticipate in this part of the world,” said Sohel, who visited New Zealand quite a few times.

“When the white layer moves in the sky, it becomes even more difficult as we are not used to those conditions and there are times when the white ball is lost when it is up in the air for a long time.

“We face another problem in those conditions. Water comes out of our eyes while looking at the sky for a long period of time,” he added.

All said and done but this can’t be put up as an excuse for the miserable performance of the Tigers as a fielding unit in New Zealand considering apart from the opening ODI, the tourist bowlers created many chances in remaining matches but their fielders failed to hold on to those.

Scheduling can be blamed for it as the Tigers opted to have a five-day training camp at Queenstown ahead of the series opener and they were travelling to a different part of that country and going down to play immediately without having the opportunity to get accustomed to those conditions.

Former Bangladesh assistant coach Mohammad Salahuddin emphasised the training schedule of any foreign tour.

“In those conditions, preparation plays a big part as you have to adapt to different lights as well as having a clear sense regarding the size of the venue so that you understand where you need to stay at different times,” said Salahuddin.

“Someone needs at least some time to get adapted to different venues,” he added.

Former game development manager Nazmul Abedin insisted that the Tigers were afraid to express them in the middle.

 “Probably we fielded very cautiously as we were afraid to make mistakes. When you are fielding with that mindset, the chances are high that you won’t take a risk,” said Nazmul.

Nazmul noted that when the fielders dropped catches it played around in the mind of the cricketers and that forced the body language to go down in the middle.

“It is very mental when someone misses and it plays in the mind of other cricketers and they failed to get out of it,” he said.

“Look we have seen that we miss chances in crucial times and when the match is getting close. But if you want to get succeeded and keep your mind calm then you need to go through similar motions,” said the veteran coach.