Friday, 1 July, 2022

Can we remove scarcity of genuine spinners?

BCB launches four-day spin camp

Can we remove scarcity of genuine spinners?
Bangladesh spin coach Rangana Herath (second left) instructs spinners during the first day of a special four-day spin bowling camp at the indoor and outdoor training facilities of the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday. TANVIN TAMIM

There is a scarcity of quality spinners in Bangladesh. In the age of T20Is cricket where cricketers with bits and pieces ability have more demand, the trend seems to be moving towards jack of all trades and master of none.

Bangladesh were unable to field a third genuine off-spinner after Nayeem Hasan, who made a cut after 15 months as Mehidy Hasan Miraz was unable due to injury, was ruled out after the opening Test in Chattogram due to his finger injury.

The team management’s decision to play Mossadek Hossain, who was included in the second Test, only indicates there is no third genuine spinner in the country apart from Taijul Islam, Mehidy Hasan and Nayeem Hasan.

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo admitted to the media after their 10-wicket loss in the second Test against Sri Lanka on February 27 that they don’t possess genuine slow bowlers.

“Mosaddek played because we needed someone who could bowl as a fifth option. We thought he could bowl 15 overs a day. I’m always reluctant to bowl with four bowlers. It hurt us here again as Mosaddek didn’t bowl well as we'd hoped he’d bowl. We thought he could do Miraz’s job with the ball. Miraz was a big loss – he bowls a lot of overs, he picks up wickets, and bats,” Domingo said.

“We have a lot of one-day spinners. We spoke about the T20 spinner Mahedi Hasan. They are basically batsmen who can bowl some part-time spin. There isn’t a standout off-spinner beside Nayeem and Miraz,” he said.

Many inside the cricket fraternity believe that in the domestic cricket bowlers with specialist slow-bowling skill sets are ignored to a large extent considering team management feels that it’s better to play a batsman instead of backing a spinner if he can bowl a couple of overs in the middle.

“It is one of the reasons (that domestic teams are not keen to promote genuine spinners) but at the same time, we have not seen a real (longer-version) spin potential,” the former Bangladesh national spinner and current selector Abdur Razzak told The Daily Sun recently.

“We have to find out some way or the other to make sure that there are genuine spinners in our possession because you have to have many things to be a genuine spinner like you need to have control over your bowling along with the ability to turn,” he said.

Bangladesh Cricket Board has launched a four-day programme for spinners under the guidance of spin coach Rangana Herath on Sunday.

 “The main purpose is to identify potential spinners and at the same time we, the coaches, need to get our communication first. We had a good session so far and will be having more for the next few days so we are planning to get all the spinners and do more work for the next few days,” Herath told the reporters adding that he was impressed with the potential though not ready to compare with the leading spinners of the country like cricketers Shakib Al Hasan and Taijul.

“Not yet (we haven’t found anyone like Shakib and Taijul) and still we’re going to navigate the profiles and we’re screening and all. Hopefully, we will get a potential guy. They look very good so I’m sure that we will find a very good option in the next few days,” he said.

The spinners, who are picked on the basis of their performance in different leagues, seemed highly impressed to work with the legendary left-arm spinner of the country.

“I think the way he (Rangana Herath) cleared my mind about drift was amazing. Earlier, I understood what it is all about but his explanation about drifting cleared a lot of things as far as I am concerned,” an upcoming left-arm spinner of the country told the media after the first day’s programme.