Bangladesh pacer Taskin Ahmed on Wednesday revealed that their newly-appointed head coach Chandika Hathurusingha has already started sharing his plans with them from Australia.
Hathurusingha is expected to arrive on February 20 to start his second stint with the Tigers and his first assignment will be a white-ball series against England, comprising three ODIs and as many T20Is.
“We are excited that Hathurusingha is returning. He is a very good coach and an honest man and I’m sure we will do well under him,” Taskin told reporters during a programme at the Gulshan Club where he was named brand ambassador of Realman – a new perfume brand of FOGG.
“Those, who were young at that time, have grown and matured now and we are also in a good shape as far as the team is concerned.
“He (Hathurusingha) has spoken with everyone and he is keeping in touch with everyone. He is sharing his plan and explaining what is the role of a batsman and a bowler and he will do meetings again after he arrives here,” he said, adding that he is sure that the pacers will be encouraged by his arrival as they are more consistent than before,” he added.
Meanwhile, Taskin said that they are confident of giving England a good run for their money during the upcoming home series though they are a superior side to Bangladesh in every format.
Since losing a three-match series 1-2 against England in 2016, Bangladesh won seven successive ODI series at home.
Meanwhile, Bangladesh won three out of the last five T20I series at home since 2020 that included teams like Australia and New Zealand and their only series defeat came against Pakistan in 2021. Their two-match series against Afghanistan ended 1-1.
“Certainly it won’t be easy against them (England) and they are a bigger team (compared to us) in every format but we have the belief that we are a very strong side in our own backyard and we expect to fight with them,” he said.
“Everything can’t go by logic and I feel the team which plays good cricket on a particular day will win. Certainly, if you consider everything, they are far ahead of us but at the same time because we are playing at home we can expect to win the series,” he said.
Taskin revealed that he has already started his rehabilitation programme to get fit before the England series after he sustained an injury while taking part in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League and missed Dhaka Dominators’ last three matches.
“I have started my rehabilitation programme and completed my training in the morning. I’m moving as per the plan of the board and I’m hoping within a short time I will start bowling in the short run-up,” he concluded.