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8 June, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Bangladesh have potential to play in next WC final: Rhodes

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Steve Rhodes, the newly appointed coach of Bangladesh felt that the country has the ability to get into the final of the next World Cup if they could play to the potential.

“I just told the president and board members that Bangladesh did well in the Champions Trophy in England. They’ve proved they can play well in English conditions. To get to a semifinal in that competition was a marvelous effort by Bangladesh,” he told the reporters yesterday after being confirmed by BCB.

“If we can get to that stage or even further, I am now thinking along the lines of what a dream would be to see Bangladesh lined up for the final. It would be a fantastic occasion.”

Rhodes was the first choice of BCB and at the same time he was in the list of Gary Kirsten.

“First of all, I just want to tell everybody how proud I am to be involved in Bangladesh cricket. It is a wonderful cricket nation. The support that the Bangladesh team gets is tremendous. Sometimes the support can bubble over into disappointment. Personally, to be involved in a major role of being given a responsibility by the board, is a fantastic honour. It is a privilege to be involved in Bangladesh cricket,” he remarked.

Rhodes also said he will try to utilise his experience to make his journey as international coach count.

“I am very lucky to be involved in some of England’s preparations, which includes their tour to Bangladesh in 2016. I have had a flavour of international coaching. There’s not a lot of difference in how you go about your coaching, but obviously the international programme is quite heavy. Trying to keep the boys up for the game isn’t easy to do. Ultimately, I feel as though I am qualified now. You can see I have grey hair, which tends to mean you’ve gone through hard times. Hopefully my experience will be of real value to the Bangladesh team.”

He doesn’t feel that to coach Bangladesh in three formats will be problematic for him.

“I don’t see it as a major problem at all. I know that Gary had initially thought along those lines. Lots of coaches do all formats. I am a very hard working person so I think I will have enough energy to cover all three formats well.”

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