Jalal Yunus, BCB’s cricket operations chairman, has said that Bangladesh’s coaches have to do more to “transform” their players to be more attacking in limited-overs cricket.
“We feel he can motivate players in the right way. Tell them have an aggressive attitude on the field. I think there lies the difference. We need someone who can transform us from playing slow cricket to playing attacking cricket, how it is played in T20s. Our coaches are professional and competent. But we have to discuss the aggression with them. We can’t just replace them on a whim. We have to know their plan.”
So, the BCB has summoned the coaching staff to Dhaka to discuss just that. “They are supposed to land on August 19, so we are likely to sit the next day,” Yunus said. “We need to have a comprehensive plan until the England [white-ball] series [in March] next year. We have back-to-back tournaments coming up, so there are issues of player availability and injuries.”
“We all saw what happened so you can evaluate what happened in the third T20I,” Yunus said. “We should have chased down that target. We admitted that we are not good in T20s, so we took a positive approach to making changes in the team.
“We had a very precise plan, which we wanted to implement [in Zimbabwe]. Maybe those we selected didn’t perform up to the mark but we are not disappointed.”
“We have a long injury list. Litton is injured. Saifuddin is still working on his fitness. Yasir is still not fit. Mustafizur has some pain. We want to submit a confirmed squad that is injury-free. We have the World Cup preparation after the Asia Cup, so want to have a similar set of players. This is why we are taking our time,” Yunus said.