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4 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Halllsall backs players to do well sans head coach

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Halllsall backs players to do well sans head coach
Richard Halsall

While Chandika Hathurusingha’s sudden resignation left Bangladesh without a head coach for the upcoming assignment, sparking the question whether it would land Bangladesh in troublesome situation, the team’s assistant coach Richard Halsall believed it rather made the players more determined to come up with the best.

He reckoned the players would be keen to take more responsibility and express them well when they take on Sri Lanka, guided by Hathurusingha currently, in the triangular and bilateral series in the coming months.

“I think Chandika’s principle reason for leaving is that he didn’t think he could add more to the players at the moment and I think it’s good thing for players  here. I think Chandika’s leave will give them more space to think and more responsibility,” Halsall said.

“And Bangladesh is looking really well as they got some excellent senior players like Shakib and Mashrafe the captain and likes of Mushfiq and Riyad, Tamim and those players now can express themselves and they are doing that right as like Chandika wanted them to play. But they can be more involved and I think when you get older and you become more responsible and that’s exciting so I think it’s another exciting step for older and new players.”

He in fact even isn’t ready to give it though that Hathurusingha’s association with the Sri Lankan team would cause an extra concern for Bangladesh. According to him, Sri Lanka instead will be in a position of concern because of losing some senior players of late.

“Head coach leaving is less significant than big players are leaving. None of ours big players are leaving, none of our young players left, coaches left so it’s very different for Sri Lanka who lost some of their players. Malinga hasn’t selected for a while, those types of problems. I think we didn’t got have those problems. I think it’s a settled group and they look forward to that,” he remarked.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon had already said that Halsall would have to take extra responsibility along with technical director Khaled Mahmud Sujon and the senior players. However Halsall didn’t see it differently, exactly the way Mashrafe Bin Mortaza told the reporters 24 hours ago.

“It’s no different what I did before and it’s about the point of view of the support staff it’s about everything possible to allow the players to win games of cricket for Bangladesh. And that’s what all wants,” he said.

“So it doesn’t change whatever title in your name that make any difference.  And that’s what everyone wants. Everyone wants Bangladesh to win games of cricket. Be competitive and play exciting cricket that’s what everyone wants. And that’s what we want. So whatever I can do to help them and that’s my job and my job title doesn’t make any differences.”

Despite faring badly in South Africa, Halsall thought it would matter little since they would play at their home condition.

“We’ll play against Sri Lanka. And I think they have had tough time playing against strong teams like India just recently. Sri Lanka, we know a very good side and they got very good players. Apart from England no one has beaten us here in three years from now and if we could win in the Chittagong it can be 2-1 against England.”

 

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