POST TIME: 23 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM / LAST MODIFIED: 23 May, 2018 12:18:53 AM
Kirsten stresses on nat’l team stability
Sports Reporter

Kirsten stresses on nat’l team stability

Garry Kirsten’s visit in Bangladesh appeared to be fruitful with the World Cup winning coach getting the ideas of what type of coach the country needs to make a further stride in the world cricket.

Bangladesh so far has proved them a force to reckon with in one-day and T20 format while they are yet to get out of the vulnerability from the Test format. Considering those factors and discussing with the players, officials and coaches in the country, Kirsten is believed to give a name of coach to BCB before his departure from the country yesterday.

On the day one, he met the senior players like Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim before he discussed with local coach Salahuddin and some junior players like Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman and the national selectors on the second day of the audit. He also met BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon at his Beximco office in Dhanmondi yesterday after which he left the country.

Based on the discussion with players, officials, selectors and coaches, he submitted a recommendation and now it’s up to the BCB whether they would follow the suit. But at the same time, it is believed both BCB and Kirsten decided on a coach in Paddy Upton, a close alliance of Kirsten, who was assistant and mental conditioning coach of India during Kirsten’s regime. Kirsten also recommended him as performance director when he was the coach of South Africa. Upton is believed to meet the requirements what Bangladesh want. Former England star Paul Collingwood is believed to be appointed as the fielding coach of Bangladesh.

But nothing was clear at the moment as Kirsten said they could reach in concrete consensus on coach before Bangladesh’s West Indies tour.

“For me it is to understand what has worked really well previously. I know Chandika (Hathurusingha) has done a great job with the team and I just wanted to get to understand what that was about and what made the team do well in that time. And I think I’ve got some good insights into that. So my task is really to find someone who can help the team quickly as well because it has been a long time now. Hopefully in a couple of weeks we’ll have someone in place to take the team forward,” Kirsten said yesterday at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel.

Kirsten also would work with Bangladesh in some capacity till the 2019 World Cup even though he is on an internal audit at the moment.

“I’ve had an opportunity to meet with a lot of people which has been great. I think that was the intention, just to come in and have a look inside Bangladesh cricket. It is my task to help the board find the best coaches available for the team and in some capacity to be involved in the team through to the World Cup. That’s what it’s about.”

During his meeting with BCB president and the others, Kirsten also spoke on format-specific coach but said they are not yet decide on it.

“We have spoken about that. We haven’t finalised that yet. I think that is where modern cricket is going. The key is what’s for the best interest of the team, bearing in mind that we are a year away from the World Cup.”

What pleased Kirsten in Bangladesh that he saw the confidence in the players and officials.

“I have no doubt that this team can compete at the highest levels, and I think there is every intention to set some lofty goals in terms of what they want to do over the next 18 months or so.”

“That there is a belief that the team can compete at the highest level and that, as I said, they have got a real goal to do really well. That’s the key – what well is will be determined by the team, what that ultimate goal will be, but they know they can do really well.”