Bangladesh news January 13, 2014

BCB may extend Saqlain's ambit to second-string teams

The Bangladesh Cricket Board could ask it's part-time spin-bowling consultant, Saqlain Mushtaq, to work spinners from across the country, instead of just the national team, this year. With 65 days left on his 100-day contract as Bangladesh's consultant, the board is hoping to get more out of the former Pakistan offspinner.

There is a feeling among many in the BCB that since he is usually asked to join the national team a just few days before a series, he cannot spend enough time with the players. Akram Khan, BCB's new cricket operations committee chairman, said that he would get in touch with Saqlain over the next few days to discuss details of his next visit.

"A player of Saqlain Mushtaq's calibre should be fully utilised," Akram "said. "We have a lot of cricket coming up in the next three months, and I will discuss with him how best to work out the rest of his time with us. He might join us ahead of the Asia Cup."

"We will certainly look to have him with the senior side but at the same time, spread out his knowledge a bit."

Saqlain could be asked to work with the second-string teams like the Bangladesh A team, National Cricket Academy and the age-group sides. At the same time, he could be also be asked to visit different parts of the country to identify more offspinners and legspinners as there is a massive dearth of these two skills in Bangladesh - here, left-arm spinners are rife.

"Usually my agent is in contact with the BCB, so I am waiting to find out the details," Saqlain told ESPNcricinfo. "We can discuss whether I will work with the national team or others. It is not yet clear what I will be doing next with the BCB."

Till now, Saqlain was primarily assigned with the senior team, and worked with the side both at home and away in the 2012-13 season. His last assignment with the team was during the Zimbabwe series in April and May last year. Before that, he was with the team ahead of and during the 2012 World Twenty20s in Sri Lanka and the home series against West Indies.

He didn't join the Bangladesh side for the series against New Zealand last October. The BCB had reportedly said afterwards that Saqlain would join the squad ahead of the home series against Sri Lanka this month.

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

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  • Dummy4 on January 15, 2014, 4:30 GMT

    for God's sake please keep this guy to have the maximum benefit from his armory cause with spin BD has the only chance to survive in world cricket & he is a legend of "Spin Magic"

  • Sk. on January 15, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    NOw it's time for BCB to think about crate some pacer like mash...for AUs-NZ WC-2015...

  • ESPN on January 15, 2014, 0:49 GMT

    Why is saqlain working for bcb he should work for pcb and so should wasim akram

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    Hv to more focus on pace bowling rather than spin. Because if you willing to became a good team. You have to focus on both site . Fielding also need to improve because most of the bd player do not like to drive that reason many run easily get opposition team, give chances new comers specially some position still empty. Find out someone talent to cover it. We hope bd would be strong team if no inserting politics national team side

  • ESPN on January 14, 2014, 20:47 GMT

    Can the BCB also do the same for pace bowling? That's he area where we are lacking

  • Dummy4 on January 14, 2014, 15:29 GMT

    it's not really about handedness but it's about how u can grip the ball, spin it, put the ball into the right spot, know to adjust with the batsmen and have confidence to bowl right. Getting tips from him would be a better by any batsman

  • Sachit on January 14, 2014, 3:57 GMT

    Most of the bowlers in Bangladesh are left armers including Shakib Al Hasan, Abdur Razzaq, Enamul Haq Jr, Elias Sunny, Saqlain Sajib and many more. So an experienced former left arm spinner someone like Venkatpathy Raju from India, Don Anurasari from Lanka could have been more relevant for their coaching.

  • Akber Ullah on January 13, 2014, 23:48 GMT

    Not going to deny that Saqlain will be beneficial for BD, However I have not yet seen any drastic measures taken for BD pace department.

    I mean call Wasim for example for 30 days and create a pace camp/trial or even tell him to work with the current bowlers.

  • Shipu on January 13, 2014, 22:17 GMT

    Its funny that we are still not seeing much done regarding the pace department.

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