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23 April, 2019 09:46:58 AM
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ICC World Cup a challenge for pacers, warns Walsh

HE THINKS ENOUGH TIME IS THERE TO MAKE THEM FIT
Sports Reporter, Dhaka
ICC World Cup a challenge for pacers, warns Walsh
Bangladesh pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh enters Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur to supervise national team training camp yesterday. BCB Photo

Bangladesh fast-bowling coach Courtney Walsh on Monday said that the fast-bowling battery they have for the ICC Cricket World Cup most of whom are injured and struggling to be fitfully ahead of the mega event.

Their main concern what Walsh said is to bring these injured bowlers back on the field and make them ready for the match ahead of Ireland’s tri-nation and England’s

World Cup.

He also said that the times they have in hand is enough for them to be prepared and made them ready for the tri-national series and the 50-over extravaganza event.

“It’s the first day of practice. Some of the guys are still playing competitive cricket, which is good for them. Those who are not playing are in the camp today,” said Courtney Walsh.

“There are few injury worries and some who didn’t get a chance to bat so I think it’s a good opportunity for them to get a long hit in the nets,” Walsh told media after their first pre-World Cup training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.

“It’s a good start but the main concerns for me are the injured bowlers. We’ve to get them back on the park, and be made them fit for the match,” he added.

West Indian former great bowler said that the showpiece event will be challenging for the fast bowlers because of its lengthiness and so they have to be bowled intelligently and with variation.

“It’ll be a big challenge. The World Cup is going to be a long tournament. There are going to be some good cricket wickets, which are batting-friendly. So, we’ve to be intelligent, and try to execute well,” he thought.

“We’ve to read the conditions and the surfaces we play. Some places the ball might swing more than others. We’ve to assess when we get there. Most of the wickets will be docile and flat. We’ve to work on our variations and execution,” he continued. “Everybody studies one another these days, so they know our strengths and weaknesses. Likewise, we also know theirs. So it’s about execution on the day, and tries to be smart,” he added.

“Variations, thinking clever and execution has to be the key parts. Back whatever strength you have. You’ve to utilise early, to take early wickets which contains run rate and put pressure on the batting team. It’ll be a combination of all of that, and assessing the wicket. Once we know who are playing in the XI, we’ll make them focus on their strengths.”

Asked about bowling on English condition while he used to bowl, the great bowler said that the condition of the current wickets is quite different more than the erstwhile period.

“When I played it was different. It was a bit more bowler friendly. The ball seamed around a little bit more,” he opined.

“The wickets are good batting tracks now. It’s a high scoring game. So, you have to practice your variations, you’re gonna have to be able to take pace off the ball and have been able to economical and outthink the batsman, trying to be one step ahead. With wide yorkers, bowling into the wicket, slower bouncer, you have a try and harness whatever there is,” he told.

“I think that’s the main thing we’ve been focusing on, are discussing during the camp and while we’re in Ireland,” he told further. Only Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah Riyad along with Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman were present on the first training session and did their batting practice on the center wicket of the SBNCS under the guidance of the head coach Steve Rhodes.

He was flanked by Walsh, Mario Villavarayan, Neil McKenzie, Ryan Cook, Thilan Chandramohan. Spin-bowling coach Sunil Joshi was scheduled to arrive in Dhaka yesterday (Monday).

HM

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