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Donald impressed by pacers’ performances

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 26 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh’s pace bowling coach Allan Donald on Wednesday expressed his satisfaction with the performances of Ebadot Hossain and Khaled Ahmed although they failed to get many wickets in the ongoing Test series against Sri Lanka.

The hosts missed the service of their first choice pacers - Taskin Ahmed and Shoriful Islam - due to their respective injuries in the ongoing Test series but Donald felt that their selected pace duo did well here in Bangladesh.

Ebadot, who replaced off-spinner Nayeem Hasan, took two wickets in Sri Lanka’s first innings while Khaled, who featured in both the Tests, is yet to open his account.

“Ebadot was outstanding today. You know when you see someone in the warm-up and you know something about him will click today. The scoreboard doesn’t reflect the way he bowled today. He could have walked away with four or five wickets and that’s what the spell was worth,” Donald told reporters after the end of the third day’s play.

“I told him (Ebadot) to ask for the ball again after tea, to change the line to come in here (chest area) for a few. Mathews was almost caught at deep square. I think Ebadot is understanding that on flat wickets, to think like Allan Donald, come in hard for four overs, and set the field like you want.

“I think that’s the freedom we want within the bowling attack, for guys to tell Mominul what they need, the field that they want, and trust them. I want him to ask for the ball. I think he is starting to figure out his role as Ebadot. Test bowling on a flat deck is an aggressive mindset. Ebadot is capable of this with his pace. It is just a matter of playing more Tests, to make the team better.

Ebadat and Khaled have another opportunity to learn and I want people to be vigilant and patient with their process,” he added.

Donald added that he is not ready to put pressure on his charges while he added that the language barrier is getting shortened with each passing day.

“I always make sure my message is delivered to them properly. Sometimes it can be (a problem to make them understand my message) as it was like in South Africa. But I think we are getting there now,” he said.

“Ebadot and Khaled are getting the gist of it now. I think the delivery of the message needs to be accurate.

“I’m not an overload bloke. My way is to reiterate. I don’t give 16 plans in one day. It is just about the simple things that we do well. Our process with the new ball is not to look for an outswinger or inswinger.

“The process is to find Liton’s gloves. That’s the Test match process I grew up with, and that’s how you build pressure. We make sure that we stick to the basic plan. If I see a flaw in a batter, we will discuss it in a break,” he added.