POST TIME: 4 September, 2018 00:00 00 AM
McKenize ready to do anything for the benefit of the team
Sports Reporter

McKenize ready to do anything
for the benefit of the team

Bangladeshi ODI and T20 batting consultant Neil McKeinze (L) talks with captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza during his first assignment with the Tigers for the Asia Cup at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital yesterday. BCB PHOTO

Bangladesh batting coach Neil McKenzie emphasized on to create productive relations with the players according to their personalities  to bring up success for the batsmen in different and tough conditions.

McKenzie who joined the team in West Indies as batting consultant, for only white-ball cricket, spent his first day in Bangladesh’s training session yesterday, after his arrival into the country on Sunday night from South Africa.

“I try to sum up the situation. I read guys and their different personalities. Extroverts will come and tell you his problem. You find out what the guy wants. Some guys want to be chatted to just after getting out, some guys like to be left alone. I have to get the relationship and trust going.  I have to know the guy. You talk about head positions, hands or shoulder. It takes time to build that relationship and language,” he said.

“I will do anything to benefit the team. The team always comes first. If talking to someone benefits the team, I’d do it. I don’t talk for the sake of talking. Some coaches want to show how much they know. I am not that type of guy. I try to hang back, do the work and get to know the guy’s technical side. The Bangladesh guys are open to learning, they ask questions the whole time. It will be a good fit and communication. But I am not scared to talk.”

As a consultant to improve Bangladesh’s ODI and T20 batting, McKenzie prefers to be intelligent instead of being more attacking. He made it clear that he won’t be fazed by big sixes in T20 cricket.

“I think we can be very competitive by getting the guys hitting more sixes but showcasing the talent of hitting more skilled shots. I’d like to turn around where a West Indian will miss, miss, six six. I’d like to see a Bangladeshi guy go four, four, four. I am not too fazed by big sixes but by what’s happening in between. We can get 12 off three good cricket shots and another one with talent and committing to certain areas,” he pointed out.

Bangladesh’s slog-over woes remains the major concern as the vulnerability in this aspect cost the country many games. It’s an arena which McKenzie himself wants to address and here he also suggested to be bit more technical.

“Technically you can get into better positions. We are not going to be competing against the West Indians, the way they hit the ball. But we can be very competitive is our skilled hitting, targeting the four inner-ring guys – going over cover, point, midwicket and 45. There are some big hitters in the side. Riyad just got 28 off 11 balls in the CPL. Technically you can become a better hitter, commit to a better position to hit. If you are chasing six an over, I am looking for ones and twos and looking for space. I am going over cover or midwicket when I am looking for a boundary or straight back past over the bowler. If I am chasing 12, I have to chase a little bit harder and go for bigger shots.”