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Siddons wants seniors to finish careers on high note

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 26 May, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons said on Wednesday that he wants to make sure the senior cricketers end their careers with their heads held high.

Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah are near the end of their respective careers and the Australian felt that it would be a maximum of three to four years, they would represent Bangladesh.     

“For the senior players, while I am here now, my aim is to make it the best three years of their careers. If this is going to be the last three years or four years, it’s to be their best, not a downward slide,” Siddons told a local broadcaster.

“So we’re making adjustments and have all agreed to work harder, not less as senior players and that’s what we’re aiming to do with those senior players,” he said, adding that he hasn’t witnessed a massive change in the attitude of the cricketers.

“To be honest, I haven’t seen a massive change in the performance or the attitude of the players apart from the fact that they are a lot more professional now,” said Siddons, who previously served as Bangladesh head coach from 2007 to 2011.

“I think our senior players are still our best players apart from maybe Liton who is a middle of the road senior player now and has played a lot of Test match cricket. I think the biggest change is that there are some fantastic fast bowlers now in Bangladesh cricket and that should make us a much stronger team,” he said.

Jamie added that Mushfiqur, who scored successive centuries in the ongoing Test series, is reaping the benefit of making some adjustments in preparation.

“Mushfiqur is a fantastic player and doesn’t need too much to turn it around. We made a few adjustments to what he does in preparation and what he needed to do in the game with his feet.

“It seems to have been enough. He batted beautifully in Chattogram and I think this one (in Dhaka) of his best hundred. He is confident again now and unstoppable,” he added.