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Law excited to work with grassroots cricket

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  • 18 July, 2022 12:00 AM
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Law excited to work with grassroots cricket
Bangladesh Under-19 team head coach Stuart Law (centre) briefs to media during a press conference on Sunday. Under-19 team batting consultant Wasim Jaffer (left) is also seen. – BCB PHOTO

Newly-appointed head coach of Bangladesh Under-19 national cricket team Stuart Law said on Sunday that he is excited to work with grassroots cricket.

Law, who worked as Bangladesh head coach earlier, had stints in different national teams in his career so far before taking up the job at the age-level group.

“I have done some head coaching jobs around the world. You don’t do a lot of coaching when you are a head coach of an international team. It is mainly a lot of talking, administration work, etc. This gives me the opportunity to get back to working at the grassroots level, an area where I believe I can help make a difference. Not just someone’s cricketing ability but also help them grow as a young man. It was pretty easy to say when the opportunity came,” Law told reporters on the BCB premises on Sunday, adding that he is aware that there will be a lot of expectations and he needs to curb it down.

“You have to limit a lot of things, first and foremost. Bangladesh aren’t the only team wanting to win the U-19 title. India have been a powerhouse in this age-group. It is about managing the expectations of the players' result,” he said.

Law said that they will focus on longer-version cricket though they are planning for the next ICC Under-19 World Cup as he feels players will be better equipped that way.

“The World Cup is mainly focused on white-ball one-day cricket. But we are going to play longer-format games in some of these bilateral series. I think it is critical for the young players’ development to play in a longer format. I believe your best players come from learning to play that game. From there, it is about developing their skill level and their mindset to kick on and play the 50 and 20-over format. I am a traditionalist. I love red-ball cricket. I love Test cricket. Wasim understands he has played more than me and that Test cricket is the toughest. It is something that if you don’t understand early, it is difficult to pick up as you go. We are trying to give these players opportunities in every facet of cricket. Hopefully, other countries will have the same opinion as well. Then we play one or two four-day games on a tour,” he said.

Law added he will educate players both on and off the field and precisely on dealing with social media.

“Yong players have to deal with a lot more, off the field, than what we used to. I am talking about social media. We will try to educate the boys about the pros and cons of social media. It provides a lot more external pressure. There are a lot of experts out there. They just throw on a comment but they don’t know the impact the comment has on a certain player. If a player is willing to accept that, then they need to know how to read it and pass it so that it doesn’t affect them long-time. Players want to be on social media. I don’t think you can restrict (social media) but you can educate on how to use it properly,” he concluded.