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3 August, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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Head coach hints at long term goal

Sports Reporter

While the short term goal is to continue the performance in Test format to improve the rankings from the 9th position, Bangladesh’s long term goal is to eclipse all of their previous records in the 2019 World Cup in England.

Head coach Chandika Hathurusingha though didn’t make it clear exactly what result they want, obviously he has bold ambition.

Bangladesh broke the quarterfinal stage in the 2015 World Cup in New Zealand-Australia and then surpassed it by moving into the semifinal in 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England. The stats showed Bangladesh’s upward spiral what gave coach a confidence that Bangladesh could do ever better in the next global event.

To materialize the hope, he involved so many players in the plan so that he could get a core group ready for the next World Cup.

“We are looking at the bigger picture so we have involved 20-odd players. Our main focus is up to 2019 World Cup, at least for me. All these guys have to get used to playing and training in high intensity,” Hathurusingha said.

His plan is simple—to give those youngsters a chance to practice with the national players with all available facilities, so that they could make them mentally and physically ready and at the same time understand what challenges they would have to face.

“When they train in local cricket, the intensity level and quality of training is not that high. By training with the national players, they can see what the challenges ahead are to break into the team,” the shrewd technician said.

 “It is about expanding our pool if we need, or someone puts his hand up and says pick me, I am good enough. We don’t want anyone to take their place for granted,” he added.

The Bangladesh however will practice for a week in Chittagong in a bid to get them acclimatized to the ground.

“We have a high intensity session on the first day, a lighter session on the next day and then a medium session on Monday. Tuesday is rest day. We start match on Wednesday, which again is high intensity. We will train specifically for Australia when we come back to Dhaka.”

Amid the little whisper that Hathurusingha could leave Bangladesh, the coach said he is looking for long term success with Bangladesh.

“It comes down to the success of the job. If the hierarchy thinks I can improve the team further, I will be here. At the same time, working with the same players, it is also easy for them. You know what the demand is from the coaches. They get used to the style of coaching. As long as they are improving every day, that’s what matters. It is my job to improve the team.”

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