Thursday, 9 December, 2021

Just follow the basics: Mizanur

Just follow the basics: Mizanur
Bangladesh national cricket team fielding coach Mizanur Rahman (second left) instructs bowlers during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in the capital on Sunday. – TANVIN TAMIM

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Bangladesh’s newly appointed fielding coach Mizanur Rahman said on Sunday that they need to focus on the basics to do well in fielding.

BCB replaced fielding coach Ryan Cook with Mizanur Rahman for the upcoming home series against Pakistan following Bangladesh’s dismal performance as a fielding unit in the just-concluded ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE.

Bangladesh national cricket team started their preparation camp ahead of the Pakistan series on Saturday with the main focus on fielding drills.

After a light fitness training on Sunday, Bangladesh turned their attention to fielding class as several cricketers underwent one-hour fielding drills on the rain-marred second day of the training camp at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur ahead of their Pakistan series starting from November 19.

Bangladesh players alongside coaching staff came out at the home of cricket amid cloudy weather around the city at around 1:20pm and went through light fitness training with a football under the drizzle before newly appointed Tigers’ fielding coach Mizanur Rahman Babul along with BCB trainer Tushar Kanti Haldar, Bangladesh’s strength and conditioning coach Nicholas Lee and their boys mainly devoted their time to fielding practice.

As many as five cricketers including Taskin Ahmed, Kamrul Islam, Shohidul Islam, Mustafizur Rahman and Shoriful Islam attended the first session of fielding classes while the second session was attended by others that included wicket-keeper Nurul Hasan.

Mizanur’s fielding class emphasised mostly on catching as that is something that had been hurting the most in the recent past considering failure to grab their opportunities made them suffer.

“I have known them from their age-level group so it is very easy to communicate with them,” Mizanur told reporters on Sunday.

“I just talked with them about the basics of fielding because if we can follow the basics we can do well in catching,” he said.

“I just told them that whoever can reduce pressure in the field will likely do well as a fielder,” he said.

Bangladesh dropped 11 catches during their ICC T20 World Cup after which fielding coach Rayan Cook’s position became under threat. Newcomers as well as recognised fielders put down catches at crucial junctures.

Liton Das and Mahedi Hasan dropped two catches each in must-win clashes. Besides, Afif Hossain with senior players, Mahmudullah and Shakib Al Hasan also squandered precious opportunities that cost the most.

As a result, BCB decided not to renew the contract of national fielding coach Rayan Cook following the team’s meekly surrender at the T20 World Cup.