POST TIME: 24 May, 2018 00:00 00 AM
Kirsten’s two-coach theory responds well
Sports Reporter

Kirsten’s two-coach theory responds well

Gary Kirsten’s two-coach theory got a positive feedback from the country’s cricket fraternity, considering that the cricket has been now more of format-based at the advent of the franchise league around the world.

Two-coach theory in international cricket is not though a new idea, it is still not something that is being used widely. So far, only England have had a separate coach for white-ball cricket, when they appointed Ashley Giles in 2012. Australia have also appointed separate coaches: Ricky Ponting, Steve Rixon and Justin Langer for limited-overs series in the last few years. India considered the idea in 2015.

As Kirsten put forward, the BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon seemed to be highly impressed with the idea but it looks that Bangladesh for the time being eye to appoint two or three batting consultants for three formats under a head coach instead of appointing two coaches for red and white ball cricket.

Veteran cricket expert Roqibul Hassan said the idea could work well for Bangladesh but the board firstly needs to get an idea of how many Test matches they would play.

“Normally Bangladesh don’t play as many Test matches as the likes of Australia, England play. I think on an average we play four Test matches in a year though the number, I heard, could be increased when the next cycle of FTP would be released. But we should get clear idea of the number of our Test matches. Because you don’t need a specialised coach for a format if you don’t play a good number of matches in that format,” Roqibul, the former Bangladesh skipper, told The Independent yesterday.

“But if the board still wants to appoint a Test coach regardless of the number of the matches, I think, they should involve him with Bangladesh A team and HP team also. Because Bangladesh A team also play unofficial Test matches. They also make it mandatory for the coach to watch BCL and NCL matches.”

Roqibul Hassan said Bangladesh should support the idea because the reality is not in their favour as the franchise-based cricket is now ruling the world.

“The coaches around the world now have huge options at their hands. They are getting handsome salary just working for three months at best for a franchise. Then they could give more time to their family. So why they will come here for coaching,” Roqibul posed a question.

“The format-based coaching system would allow them to spend more times with their family and Bangladesh itself could be benefited from that. But as I said earlier, the board should make some things mandatory for them so that it could be a win-win situation for both board and coaches.”

There are some apprehensions also as Bangladesh are one of the few countries where the core group of players is same for all three formats. It could always be difficult for them to take inputs from two different individuals for Tests and one-day international on the same tour or series.

Roqibul doesn’t see any problem in it, saying, “I don’t think it as a big deal. The planning for three formats won’t be same. There will be different bowling or batting plan for different formats. So there will be hardly any chance of getting two different inputs.”

The former Bangladesh skipper turned match referee also said the format-based coaching could be the future of cricket in the coming days because of the advent of the franchise-league around the world.