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25 August, 2019 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 25 August, 2019 12:14:54 AM
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Cook for improving fielding from top to bottom

TIGERS’ FIELDING COACH THINKS PLAYERS’ FITNESS IS IMPORTANT IN THIS RESPECT
SPORTS REPORTER, Dhaka

Bangladesh’s team fielding performance in ICC Cricket World Cup and its subsequent series in Sri Lanka were not up to the scrape that created a huge furore in and off the field. As a result, many raised questions over this sudden dip in players’ fielding performance.

Bangladesh fielding coach Ryan Cook admitted the matter and saying that he is just attempting to improve every guard to improve from one level to the next level.

For this, Ryan laid stress upon the basic of fielding in place in order to make Bangladesh a good fielding unit. But he said that it doesn't come overnight because the basics takes a long time to get right.

“It needs to be a priority. From the bottom to the top, I think, fielding needs to be a priority. You want players to grow up thinking I want to be the best fielder in the world, never mind in Bangladesh,” said Ryan Cook.

“And through the age group level, you need to be able to put the system in place that will be able to do that. You know the fast bowlers can no longer hard on the boundary. They need to be taught a lot about how they field. So these are the big areas we can work,” Cook told media after their training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. The English coach said that player’s fitness is correlated to fielding so while player’s fitness remain down the fielding might be worsened.

“Fitness is very related to fielding. We already talked about it before. But the throwing arms of some teams are all higher. Having been involved with cricket in Australia, they take throwing very seriously. They teach the technique even under-9 through their system. So, that’s why you can have 11 players to park to throw the ball quick and hard from any position,” he viewed.

“We are not up to that level. So need to make sure we get up to that level and teach the basics,” he told.

“Basics take a long time to get right. It doesn't come overnight. So need to work on those basics for a long period of time to get them right. And some players have shown good stride in terms of improving some of the aspects of the game. So I’m just trying to improve every guard to improve from one level to the next level,” he added.

When asked him about improving the standard of the Bangladesh fielding, he said that they are now at mid-table in their fielding standards.

“I would say, probable at mid-table in the fielding. We had a good chance to see ourselves at a neutral condition during the World Cup. And we found, probably we are in the middle of the pack,” he replied.

“I would like to us in top three, we can definitely make it start to become the top three fielders in the world,” he added.

Asked him to numbering Bangladesh fielding unit as teacher, Cook said, “In different aspects of the game we need to see it. In T20, we would probably have 6.5 out of ten at the moment. In one-day 7.5 and in Test cricket 7 out of ten. There is obviously a lot of room to improve but there are a lot of areas we are doing well too.”

“We’re going to focus on that really hard as the Test championship is forthcoming. And especially when we play away from home. The guys are really good when they come around the bat.

We put fielders in short catches. I mean that is probably in culture, how often guys do that at a young age. In South Africa it is uncommon to see four or five guys in the slip in an under-12 match. So you got a lot more experience to do that. Sometimes you would not find that in the low slow pitches in Bangladesh where there would be lots of slips carried for a long period of time.”

“We’ve been doing that for the last couple of months before the one-day games. And we will just continue to work on that and once we get identified players who need s to stand there, I think it becomes a lot easier.”

 

 

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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