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Coach wants Bangladesh to acclimatise for World Cup

Mohammad Isam

September 10, 2013

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Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan celebrate the fall of a wicket, Zimbabwe v Bangladesh, 2nd T20I, Bulawayo, May 12, 2013
Shane Jurgensen believes Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan will be at their peak in the 2015 World Cup © AFP
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Shane Jurgensen, the Bangladesh coach, wants most of his players to get accustomed to conditions in Australia and New Zealand well before the 2015 World Cup. He believes that players like Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal will be at their physical peak during the tournament, which would help the team try and make it to the second round.

Apart from an A team tour to the region, Jurgensen would like groups of players to take part in training sessions and tournaments in his native country. Bangladesh last visited New Zealand in 2010 for one Test, three ODIs and a Twenty20 while their previous trip to Australia in 2008 had only three ODIs. They have never won in either country in 20 games.

Bangladesh will play four matches in Australia and two in New Zealand in the 2015 World Cup. Jurgensen believes the conditions in those places won't be too hard. "The boys will be more evolved, have more experience in the next 18 months," Jurgensen told the Bengali newspaper Prothom Alo. "Most of them will be 26-27 or 28. They will also be at their physical peak. The venues won't be a big obstacle too. Wickets are good at the Gabba, in Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hamilton and Nelson.

"We will try to send an A team to Australia, and send players to play different tournaments there. Tamim and Shakib can easily play in the Big Bash, while some can play club or grade cricket. We could send four or five pace bowlers to train in Queensland. We have former Bangladesh coach Stuart Law, who is now at the Centre of Excellence. We also have [trainer] Stuart Karpinnen and [academy head coach] Richard McInnes working here in Bangladesh, so we can work something out."

Jurgensen put particular significance on Bangladesh's performance in global events like the 50-over World Cup, because it is in these tournaments that the world fully notices the country's progress in the game. Apart from that, he would like to end his two-year stint with discernible improvement on the field as well as in the numbers.

"Their improvement should be visible on the field, and in their rankings. I would like to see them rise in the ODI and Twenty20 rankings. Draw and win Tests and do well in global events. The cricketing world will see our improvement. So it is very important that we cross the group stages of the 2015 World Cup. I think we can."

The 37-year-old Jurgensen said he was a supporter of keeping things calm in the dressing room rather than flying off the handle after the team loses. "There's already a lot of pressure in international cricket so I don't want to be an angry headmaster and put more pressure on them. I have always wanted to create an environment or pass on the message to the guys that at least before, during and just after the match, there will be no anger in the dressing-room.

"It is important that there is consistency in behaviour, similar to on-field consistency. I like to be tough with them for a reason, so that they realise it is not a personal attack."

Having been the head coach since November 2012, Jurgensen said the Bangladesh players have faith in him. He was handed a two-year deal earlier this year, having held a temporary position after Richard Pybus' abrupt departure last year.

"I think I have gained their trust. It is important to understand them, because sometimes they can have a bad mood, have a bad day. Maybe their morning hasn't started too well or (they've) had some family problems. So the coach has to be a spy, a guru and sometimes a psychologist."

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

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Posted by   on (September 27, 2013, 18:48 GMT)

BD is ok except their lack of consistency. It will take more time guys.. but for sure they will..

Posted by   on (September 15, 2013, 15:00 GMT)

nice plan, let's see if everything works out.

Posted by Legaleagle on (September 14, 2013, 18:34 GMT)

This is the biggest joke of the year! The coach can take the BD team to Aus and NZ for 1 year and they will still not perform. Its about the mindset, talent, and dedication- unfortunately, all three things are lacking in this BD team. BD will never get enough cricket unless and until they start performing. No cricket Board will jeopardize their revenue stream by playing with a mediocre team. Look at Zimbabwe, the world is following them today because of their performance, and other cricket Boards will now arrange tours with them. Hope better sense will prevail!

Posted by Rafelgibt on (September 12, 2013, 18:06 GMT)

Our Coach is really up to the mark.Shakib, Tamim,Mushfiq,Nasir really needs to look for playing in NZ and AUS.If its even the grade CRICKET of those country then it would be a huge experience for them as WC 2015 is almost near.As IRELAND has the toughest condition I think our base camp should be posted in Ireland if Cricket Ireland can provide us the required facilities and play at least 5 ODIs over there but no t20s plz.Come on Tigers we can do it>>>>

Posted by unlocker on (September 11, 2013, 22:26 GMT)

Shakib and tamim can play easily in big bash ? If true so grate .also this is grate news bcb will sent five first bowler in Australia for traing.and bcb will sent ateam include with national play team for play some match in Australia condition .i think all are good thinking and better preparation for World Cup .and personally I request to bcb anyhow pls arrange the Bpl this year between dec-jan,14 .this Bpl will help to play good cricket up comeing t20 World Cup in our home country .also bcb pls arrange every year 8-10 test per year like other team .when we play more test we will improve more and play good cricket early Good luck bangladesh not for just World Cup .best wishesh for all series and big tournament

Posted by QTS_ on (September 11, 2013, 10:05 GMT)

Other than in 2003, BD have had good records in World Cups. In the upcoming one, it might not be too liberal to speculate another good show. Visiting teams often perform relatively poorly on Australian pitches and acclimatising more thoroughly may create the difference between wins and losses. A similar situation prevailed in the 2007 World Cup.

Otherwise, the expected maturity of Shakib, Tamim and Mushfiq mentioned by the coach could be a crucial factor. These players have been in the team from 2005-06 and are handily experienced, as well as talented. Their peaks could be coinciding with the World Cup, although it is too early to predict precisely.

But the perennial question remains - will BD have competent seamers by the time of the World Cup? Mashrafe may not last that long and Robiul is the only other viable option at the moment, excluding the untested younger ones.

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 9:29 GMT)

hey Cpt.Meanster! Don b mean! It seems, defeating NZ will not help to 'spread words' as you already have forgotten that BD has already whitewashed NZ 4-0 and the 5th match washed away for rain (LOL)!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 5:02 GMT)

agreed with the rising team and the other fellows , if a team like bangladesh needs to prosper thy need to be given more chances that is more matches , but hvng said that they need to win even with as little schedule as they got to spread the word that they r rising , what the sub continent teams fail to do is start coaching frm the grass root level only india is exceptional , training at u19 is difficult as compared to u13-15 , techical faults can be removd at this stg at a faster rate , also the likes of rahim shakib and tamim should focus their extra time learning frm the greats to spending time in academies with future youngsters !!

Posted by   on (September 11, 2013, 0:43 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster - Well said. I hope we can gain some constancy (in the good sense). We played quite well in the Asia cup, then we played poorly in Zimbabwe. Now, in the Zimbabwe series, they did not get proper practice facilities and all, but still no excuses!

Posted by SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u on (September 10, 2013, 22:54 GMT)

Only Nasir Hossain and Mushfiqur Rahim will thrive in Australian Huge Ground because of their Timing..rest relies heavily on their muscles

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