Bangladesh news September 1, 2013

Saqlain to join Bangladesh for NZ series


Saqlain Mushtaq has confirmed his return to Bangladesh as the team's spin bowling consultant later this month. The former Pakistan offspinner will continue the 100-day contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board for 2013, which saw him accompany the side to Zimbabwe earlier this year.

"I look forward to joining the Bangladesh camp by the end of September. If not, (by) October 1 is a must," Saqlain told Dhaka Tribune.

It is a busy time for Saqlain. He will conduct a three-week spin-bowling clinic for a group of current and emerging West Indies spinners from September 3. After that, he will be in Bangladesh for the series against New Zealand, which starts in early October with two Tests followed by three ODIs and a Twenty20 international.

Saqlain first joined Bangladesh in 2012 when Richard Pybus was the head coach, and was part of the coaching staff in Sri Lanka for the World Twenty20 and the West Indies home series later in the year.

During his time with the side, Saqlain has worked extensively with Sohag Gazi, and played a significant role in the young offspinner's success against West Indies in his maiden series. Gazi bounced back from an early assault from Chris Gayle to dismiss the batsman on his way to 4 for 29 in his debut ODI. Saqlain has also worked with the senior spinners in the side such as Abdur Razzak and Shakib Al Hasan.

According to these players, Saqlain has added more than just the odd word of advice. In the case of Gazi, he set specific fields for the newcomer, down to each batsman. Gazi, however, missed Saqlain's input when he struggled in Sri Lanka in March this year, but as soon as the consultant returned to the Bangladesh dressing room, for the Zimbabwe tour, Gazi found a way to strike. He has since credited Saqlain for much of his success.

It is unlikely that Saqlain will be working with emerging spinners in the country. However, Bangladesh's next international series after New Zealand is only in January, so there is an opportunity for the BCB to utilize his knowledge to find the next crop of slow bowlers in domestic cricket after the New Zealand series is over in early November.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • Duttagupta on September 5, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Hv Bangladesh ever won a test match against test teams(except zim)

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    I just request for ICC do the playing minimam five more international sereis bangladesh.

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2013, 20:02 GMT

    Bangladesh have improved a lot. Yes the team will continue to lose as well as win but the key is for them to be 'consistently' 'competitive'. New Zealand will find it tough. All the best from England fan plus Bangladesh! ;)

  • Jonny on September 2, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Actually! Bangladesh cannot make it to Champions Trophy because they do not play anywhere near enough ODIs as the top 8 and not because of their 'poor' performance. Bangladesh in the last 2 years already beaten lets see England, New Zealand, Sri Lanka, India and West Indies 13 times which in all the years before not even close.

    I blame BCB for not doing enough to arrange matches even against associate teams and would strongly advise them to arrange at least plenty of ODI and T20 series against whoever even if its against Ireland or Afghanistan. Its true lack of matches means you lose a lot of rhythm but hopefully the heavy domestic schedule Bangladesh has starting with the DPL next week will be enough for the coming International assignments. In all honestly though, I think Bangladesh can be tough to play for most teams at home now or subcontinent conditions but still not good enough away in seaming bouncier conditions and more work is needed to solve that problem.

  • roket on September 2, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    You know BD is getting better when you see haters start posting baseless comments like "BD has not produced a single world class players, blah , blah, blah." "they should quit playing international cricket, etc." It means we have beaten their teams and they are burning with hatred knowing that BD will only get better. Keep up the hateful posts, we BD fans are loving it! Saqlain is a class bowler, and his presence will only make BD stronger. And how was the Zim series with Pak more "fighting" and spirited"? They lost to Pak by over 100 runs in the last match! That looked very spirited to me. The last time BD played Pak at home, PAK barely won, by 2 runs! Yup Zim is more spirited alright! Keep saying the baseless statements over and over, and you might be able convince yourself!:-)

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2013, 11:00 GMT

    I just can't understand one thing: In the days when BD was a terrible team, and winning was a dream even players didn't believe in, we used to have tours of Australia, England and way more matches. Now, when winning isn't only a possibility, but a very likely expectation, it is surprising how little cricket the team gets to play. Can anyone really explain this to me?

  • Chris on September 2, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    Bangladesh have many world class players now like Shakib and Nasir but what really needs sorted is the bowling department which usually lets the team down. We can score as many runs as possible like we have been in the last year or so but if bowling is not upto scratch then it still will be difficult to win more games especially test level. Saqlain has been a wise appointment by BCB because he can rectify the mistakes our bowlers are making. The Bangladeshi players now themselves what a class bowler Saqlain was. Bangladesh performances in the last year or so has been of a positive and consistent ones beating West Indies, Sri Lanka, India etc several times in ODIs and drawing/winning tests against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe away despite the limited test opportunities the team gets these days.

  • Dummy4 on September 1, 2013, 23:18 GMT

    Bangladesh should play more odi against the big nation such as Australia,England,Southafrica

  • Farhan on September 1, 2013, 23:07 GMT

    This news is not right. Saqlain has 65 days left of his contract and he is going to spend those 65 days with us during T20 WC and Asia Cup.

  • Babaji on September 1, 2013, 21:43 GMT

    Bangladesh cricket will NOT benefit from any help and support from any expert unless they change their attitude. It is a well known fact the Bangladesh players do not perform well as soon as they played 15-20 matches in continuity. Bangladesh has not produced a single world class player in one days or test match cricket. They cannot even make it to the Champions trophy because of their constant poor performance.

    However, Bangladesh fans have now stumbled upon another lame excuse that they need to play more cricket. No cricket Board would want to destroy their chances of making some money if the series are going to be one-sided as usual. Zimbabwe series are more fighting and spirited as we saw in recently concluded Zim v Pak series.

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