Bangladesh news April 19, 2014

Bangladesh players to consult psychologist


Bangladesh's senior players will have three sessions with a psychological skill development coach later this month. The BCB is also looking to hire short-term specialist coaches for all age groups to rectify specific problems in batting and spin bowling.

Bangladesh's recent poor form had prompted this move. They had won only two T20s and drawn a Test match against Sri Lanka since January, during one of their busiest and most high-profile seasons. Defeats to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup and Hong Kong in the World T20 were the low points.

BCB chief Nazmul Hassan has said that apart from speaking to prospective coaches, he has agreed to hire Ali Khan, a psychological skill development coach. He will have sessions with the Bangladesh players on April 24, 27 and 28.

"We are looking for spin and batting coaches," Hassan said. "Yesterday I gave the approval for a psychologist. Our team did well but just after losing to Afghanistan, their morale broke down. The same thing happened after losing to Hong Kong. Previously, we used to fight even after losing.

"We want to keep the head coach and the rest of the coaching staff, but at the same time we want to hire top ex-players to do some specialist camps for all ages, kids and seniors. These are in addition to the regular coaching system."

Hassan added that Saqlain Mushtaq's plan to be with the Bangladesh team only during tours was not feasible for the BCB. Saqlain, the former Pakistan offspinner, was hired for 100 days last year but he has since joined West Indies as their assistant coach, and his last stint as Bangladesh's spin consultant was during the Zimbabwe tour last year.

"It is hard to get a good coach. Saqlain Mushtaq was available but he said he wants to coach the team when they are on tour. What will he coach during a tour? He won't come to Bangladesh, which is a big problem," he said.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • Nesar on April 24, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    very good initiative BCB has taken to boost up team moral. They have to get out of their current mental barrier, and uplift their position within 8. We need to appoint long-term coaching stuff as well.

  • Dummy4 on April 22, 2014, 15:13 GMT

    I think instead of consulting with a physiologist BD players should play more with difficult standard pitches. If they play more competitive difficult matches then they can learn how to build innings in difficult situations. it looks BD is going backwards , i think before once BD had a physiologist. In Current national league lots of runs scored , i think those are batting paradise. BCB must improve the level and competitiveness of national cricket league. and Cricket academy is must. These young star should be mentally strong through a proper cricket educations and training in top standard cricket academy.

  • Golam on April 22, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    "One should not refuse to help"! Bd players have no idea about what a sports psychologist can do? They have never seen such ! I need to mention that ... you can not find better and more skilled players just like that or make them? We must take care of what we have and polish them ... make them better by using all the assets we have !! It is obvious that we must raise the level of our local cricket leagues and offer all the modern means available to improve the team and bring BD to the next level! But ... as I said ... "You should not say no to Help" ... now when there is plenty of help needed to build Bangladesh cricket team strongly !!!

  • Dummy4 on April 21, 2014, 14:56 GMT

    Unless domestic cricket structure improves BD team Will keep performing poorly. Look at the high high score by the players in domestic cricket who got out for ducks or could,mot even score a doublé,figure in international cricket. Players are hitting centuries in Small club Fields and That score is the yardstick of a Player being selected for the national team. Look at Razzaque, He takes 9 wicket in domestic cricket but fails to take even one in international level. Then the question is who He is bowling against? Shohag played a fiery innings yesterday but Gets out after facing few balls in international level, Mominul Just hit a Century but Can Never get settled on the wicket when playing against big cricket nations.....what all thèse indicate? Simply Poor domestic standard. We need serious reform and stop appointing foreign coach l'île the ones who Never played big international games themselves.

  • udendra on April 21, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    May be the players can gain something from their always-over-optimistic fans?

  • M.G. on April 20, 2014, 21:53 GMT

    Good m ove, but only three session would not do much, needs constant psycho aide for the team on an ongoing basis, especially prior to and during matches. I'd look for employing a good such team psycho, as we do for a coach, bowling coach, fielding coach, etc, they need constant tonic to improve mental as well as physique need ...

  • Syed on April 20, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Waste of money and time. Find the right and deserving players and not the coaches or in this case psychologist. From the current Bangladeshi squad, only one player may have been picked by any other test playing country in their squad and that is Shakib. He however would have fought for his spot in the team. Remaining 10 will not even get a chance to play in the state, province, or departmental teams.

    With 10 out of 11 useless players, how could Bangladesh expect to be considered a worthy opponent even for top associate teams. A psychologist or coach can probably change the attitude but not the technique or the skills. Find good players - players who can pay respect to opponents - players who can worth their position in the national team - Players who rather finding excuses, setting examples for other players.

    The excuse period for Bangladeshi team was over some years back. The amount of cricket they have played in 14 years - none of the major test team played in 20 years.

  • Muhammad Rakibul on April 20, 2014, 12:57 GMT

    Best decision ever by BCB for their national side. Mental strength of BD cricketers is poorest among top 16 sides. Shakib sometimes show some coolness on field. But I think that's due to playing County & IPL matches for 3 seasons each along with international cricket. Rest of the senior cricketers lack fighting spirit. @M.Usman-Sharif: Probably u forgot BD's record in 2012 & 13. Otherwise u mightn't give such comment.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on April 20, 2014, 12:02 GMT

    Its a very good decision by the BCB.Frankly speaking BAN really needs a full time batting and bowling coach.In that case Mohammad Yousuf of Pakistan would be a very good and relatively cheap option for us.Through Yousuf if we can transform 30% of his ability to our batsmen then our batsmen would take the TEST match into 5 days on regular basis for sure.And a bowling coach, any AUS players would be good but they are quite expensive and they feel shy to adjust here.So, in my opinion Aaquib Javed from PAK or Robin Singh from IND or Darren Gough from ENG would be so much fruitful.Both the bowling and batting coach would be reporting to our HEAD coach Shen Jurgensen.

  • Muhammad on April 20, 2014, 6:39 GMT

    If you see according to talent BD is the best team in the world , we just need a cool mind captain . then we can beat all teams easily at the moment BD team is honestly best in asia

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