Bangladesh news June 10, 2014

Bangladesh coach targets World Cup second round

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Bangladesh's new head coach Chandika Hathurusingha will put his focus on establishing the best possible environment around the team to ensure better results. Hathurusingha, the former Sri Lanka batsman, also believes the team can go past the first round of the 2015 World Cup.

Bangladesh have only played 20 international matches in Australia and New Zealand, the last of which was in January 2010. They toured Australia in 2003 and 2008, and have never won a match in the two countries. Hathurusingha however said that with some of the Bangladesh players approaching their peak in terms of age and fitness, he is looking forward to a place in the World Cup's second round.

"The main thing is we get the right combination and be prepared to play in Australia and New Zealand," Hathurusingha said. "It is going to be a challenge for sub-continent teams with the conditions. So if we prepare intelligently enough or specifically enough, we will go far. I am happy to be in the second round, that's my first goal.

"The plan for us is to build on what we have," he said. "I haven't spoken to the team yet. I haven't seen them playing for last four years because we hardly get to see them in Australia. I know the capabilities of some of the players when I was with Sri Lanka before 2010. Some of the players are coming into their peak."

Hathurusingha was appointed on May 19 for a two-year tenure, and although the agreement states that he would start working from July 1, he has come to Bangladesh earlier due to the ODI series against India next week. He arrived in Dhaka on Monday night, and on Tuesday, he visited the Shere Bangla National Stadium to meet players and officials for the first time.

"As long as we improve as a team and if we train properly and keep the right environment for players to develop as individuals as well as players, I think the results will take care of themselves," Hathurusingha said. "My job is to get that environment and resources, and for everyone in the office and involved with the team to work at the best of their ability so that the team gets the best support.

"If we do that, as I have seen with the Sri Lanka team and in my last four years in Australia, teams do well most of the time when the best system is in place. That's what I am focusing on."

Hathurusingha replaced Shane Jurgensen who resigned on April 28 after being in charge for just over a year. Jurgensen was appointed till after the World Cup but his early departure means that the new coach has eight months to prepare the team for a massive challenge.

One of his initial focuses is to get everything in place off the field, for which he has already discussed with his new employers. "It is something that I have spoken to them when they offered me [the job]," Hathurusingha said. "They are prepared to give us all the support. I think the current board really wants to make change, and that's what they are doing. Me being here is a result of that."

Hathurusingha will begin work straightaway as the India ODIs are only days away. Trainer Mario Villavarayan and bowling coach Heath Streak have also arrived prior to Hathurusingha. The BCB are still on the lookout to hire fielding and spin bowling coaches but that is likely to happen with the West Indies tour, scheduled for August-September this year, in mind.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. @isam84

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  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | June 12, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee: Agree. That's why I always mention him as a great all-rounder of current time (not of all the time) but not a great spinner. Merely a good spinner.

  • POSTED BY aeroboy.ae on | June 12, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    I think the pace trio Mashrafee, Al-amin & Taskin is a good combination. its 8 months far. Make them fitter, enhance them mentally, give them enough practice in grassy and bouncy wicket, they will be perfect prospect for the WC'15. Spinner like razzak & gazi r economical & allrounders like shakib & mahmuddullah are more than handy. So BD has chance to be a better bowling unit within WC'15 .

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | June 12, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Anamul and Momenul are highly promising, shakib experienced, but the rest are simply club-level ordinary players. Until Bd gets a new set of players , I have no expectation from my home team. Hope the new coaches work on bright future like tashkin ahmed , Mustafizur rahman , Nazmul Hossain Roni , Taijul Islam etc rather than wasting time on old birds .

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | June 11, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    @Rakibul: Shakib is a good spinner and clearly Bangladesh's best spinner but still he is no Ajmal or Narine.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | June 11, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee: I haven't overrated Mashrafi. I've only considered ODI records of him as World Cup is the global tournament for 50-overs format. But if u consider test cricket, any other bowler other than Shakib is very ordinary. Even Rafiq, Mashrafi, Razzak were far below test standards. But in ODI- Mash is the only average good fast bowler along with these few good spinners in their history.

  • POSTED BY Keithnkin on | June 11, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Positive reinforcement is good but honestly, we have heard these a hundred times before with little or no results . I`d rather wait and see what happens instead of jumping into the band wagon of yeah they are not a bad team. Has any one seen the live streaming of Bangladesh A in West Indies? Its heart breaking and pathetic.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | June 11, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    This is a realistic target. I think we need to win 3 matches to go to the next round and that is possible for us if our batsman get back their form. We have a horrendous record in Aus and NZ but than we have such record everywhere in the world so just because we failed before doesn't mean we are gonna fail this time too, I think coach have the right target. Going to quarter final will be awesome and after tow horrible WC performance team should give us something better to cheer about

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | June 11, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    @Warm-Coffee: I am not saying Mash is a great bowler but he is the best we have and in ODI he should be considered as one of the better bowler. You said he has a good average by playing teams like Zimbabwe, Kenya etc. thats not true. Yea he has one 6 wicket against Kenya but he rarely played against the weak Zim team, He played most of his matches against Zim when they were a better and stronger team. Recent years he missed out most of the series against Zim. He also have many good performance against top teams too. So I believe Mash can do wonder for us in pitches that support fast bowler. He is far better than the others we have.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 11, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Bangladesh have a good squad but need to get things on track, First of all they need to improve their fast bowling and I hope so Heath makes them good enough in 9 months ! The board needs to arrange games for them in Aus against County teams like NewSouthWales or Victoria to get on with conditions :) One thing more Mahmudullah needs to be kicked out a ZERO player :| What about Shahriar Nafees ? Such A Classy player dont know what happened to him ?

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | June 11, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    @Rakibul: "They produced only one good fast bowler in their history" - Mashrafe is an okay pacer but not a good one. Test bowling average of 41 is very mediocre and has no 5 fors. ODI bowling average is a lot better 31 but that's mainly inflated by playing teams like Zimbabwe, Kenya etc we have not produced 1 quality fast bowler that's the fact. Please stop overrating our players.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | June 12, 2014, 16:58 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee: Agree. That's why I always mention him as a great all-rounder of current time (not of all the time) but not a great spinner. Merely a good spinner.

  • POSTED BY aeroboy.ae on | June 12, 2014, 10:42 GMT

    I think the pace trio Mashrafee, Al-amin & Taskin is a good combination. its 8 months far. Make them fitter, enhance them mentally, give them enough practice in grassy and bouncy wicket, they will be perfect prospect for the WC'15. Spinner like razzak & gazi r economical & allrounders like shakib & mahmuddullah are more than handy. So BD has chance to be a better bowling unit within WC'15 .

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | June 12, 2014, 1:56 GMT

    Anamul and Momenul are highly promising, shakib experienced, but the rest are simply club-level ordinary players. Until Bd gets a new set of players , I have no expectation from my home team. Hope the new coaches work on bright future like tashkin ahmed , Mustafizur rahman , Nazmul Hossain Roni , Taijul Islam etc rather than wasting time on old birds .

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | June 11, 2014, 22:45 GMT

    @Rakibul: Shakib is a good spinner and clearly Bangladesh's best spinner but still he is no Ajmal or Narine.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | June 11, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    @ Warm_Coffee: I haven't overrated Mashrafi. I've only considered ODI records of him as World Cup is the global tournament for 50-overs format. But if u consider test cricket, any other bowler other than Shakib is very ordinary. Even Rafiq, Mashrafi, Razzak were far below test standards. But in ODI- Mash is the only average good fast bowler along with these few good spinners in their history.

  • POSTED BY Keithnkin on | June 11, 2014, 12:48 GMT

    Positive reinforcement is good but honestly, we have heard these a hundred times before with little or no results . I`d rather wait and see what happens instead of jumping into the band wagon of yeah they are not a bad team. Has any one seen the live streaming of Bangladesh A in West Indies? Its heart breaking and pathetic.

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | June 11, 2014, 10:23 GMT

    This is a realistic target. I think we need to win 3 matches to go to the next round and that is possible for us if our batsman get back their form. We have a horrendous record in Aus and NZ but than we have such record everywhere in the world so just because we failed before doesn't mean we are gonna fail this time too, I think coach have the right target. Going to quarter final will be awesome and after tow horrible WC performance team should give us something better to cheer about

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | June 11, 2014, 10:21 GMT

    @Warm-Coffee: I am not saying Mash is a great bowler but he is the best we have and in ODI he should be considered as one of the better bowler. You said he has a good average by playing teams like Zimbabwe, Kenya etc. thats not true. Yea he has one 6 wicket against Kenya but he rarely played against the weak Zim team, He played most of his matches against Zim when they were a better and stronger team. Recent years he missed out most of the series against Zim. He also have many good performance against top teams too. So I believe Mash can do wonder for us in pitches that support fast bowler. He is far better than the others we have.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | June 11, 2014, 8:33 GMT

    Bangladesh have a good squad but need to get things on track, First of all they need to improve their fast bowling and I hope so Heath makes them good enough in 9 months ! The board needs to arrange games for them in Aus against County teams like NewSouthWales or Victoria to get on with conditions :) One thing more Mahmudullah needs to be kicked out a ZERO player :| What about Shahriar Nafees ? Such A Classy player dont know what happened to him ?

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | June 11, 2014, 7:58 GMT

    @Rakibul: "They produced only one good fast bowler in their history" - Mashrafe is an okay pacer but not a good one. Test bowling average of 41 is very mediocre and has no 5 fors. ODI bowling average is a lot better 31 but that's mainly inflated by playing teams like Zimbabwe, Kenya etc we have not produced 1 quality fast bowler that's the fact. Please stop overrating our players.

  • POSTED BY M_Rakibul_Islam on | June 11, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    None can expect anything from BD team in 2015 WC. Wins against Scottish & Afghan teams will b enough. I don't expect BD to beat Aussies & Kiwis in their home conditions. Winning against England will b almost impossible in Aus. And Lankans r also good in Aus condition so far. So BD should happy to win matches against Associates to prove their worth as a test nation. Only 3 BD cricketers have solitary international tons in NZ (Shakib, Kayes & Mahmudullah) & none of them was match winning innings. Only the ton of Kayes was in ODI, others were test tons. So we can't expect too much from BD batsmen. And no need to talk about BD fast bowling attack. They produced only one good fast bowler in their history. I don't think Streak knows any magic to change these ordinary fast bowlers within only 8-9 months!

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | June 10, 2014, 19:52 GMT

    The new coach must study player's life style & background. These players are highly talented but talent itself is not going to help unless they set a goal, an ambitation to touch that goal. In order to do that new coach should help them see new and big dreams. Dream is important and it plays key role psychologically...........which our players needed the most. A psychology to have an attitude to chase own dreams.........Good luck new coach.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    Be quite..let your success speak..BD speaks too much but never really perform on the field...If they can beat this indian team (Selected For tour of BD) Then i can give them any chance of winning 1 match in world cup..otherwise they are not just good enough.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 18:17 GMT

    BD have struggled a lot this year. The last two years were better, but they have fallen back in 2014. A defeat to Afghanistan in the Asia Cup and one to Hong Kong in the World T20 are just disgraceful. They should think beyond Tamim Iqbal who has been highly unimpressive for quite some time. Abdur Razzak, Nasir, Mahmudullah, etc. have also been performing poorly. Shakib remains the only genuine world class player. The conditions in Australia and New Zealand certainly will not suit the Bangladeshis and they will most likely struggle. They had a much better chance in 2011 but failed to make most of it.

  • POSTED BY reyme on | June 10, 2014, 18:10 GMT

    @Xeal Qoofaure: It will be silly to set a goal to be champion in the next World Cup. Realistically all sub continent teams have little chances there to be the champs. What the coach said is practical. His first goal is to go to the second round. If achieved, he will set his next target. The coach definitely want the best for his team, of course any team will try to be the champions, but then again you have to be realistic. And just because he did not say he want to be the champion, does not mean that will hamper the progress of BD cricket. All teams will try to do their best, but they don't have to say out loud they want to be the champs.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 10, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    A new leaf for bd. Hopefully the new coaching staff put some sense to the players to play responsible cricket. Unless the cricketers themselves raise the bar it is not possible for the coaching staff to do anything. The players need to set their own goals and act more professional. Let results speak for themselves !

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | June 10, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Why do promising players like Rajin Saleh , Nazimuddin just came for short time and suddenly disappeared from Bd cricket ? Rajin Saleh was very talented player and I cant believe he just disappeared from Bd cricket in no time ! How would Bd prosper if it does not give chance to its talented promising players who would improve and strengthen Bd team . Anyway, to prepare for the worldcup the coaches should work on Bd balling becuz Bd balling is very weak and its the balling that letting Bd down. Bd MUST change its captaincy before wc becuz God forbid if mushy remains captain his captaincy will cost Bd some important games.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    No wonder BD is not going anywhere as far as progress is concerned. When your aim is to qualify for the second round only then that's where you might NOT end even. Why not to target the winning? I know it is a fool's paradise but simply don't make any claims. Put your head down, work hard and aim for the top slot. Rest is distraction and obstruction.

  • POSTED BY Azizul84 on | June 10, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Wish you best of Luck. May good sense prevail in BCB and Give full support to this coach and He is the right person. Honest, frank with clear thinking. We have good players and now we need a good leader and I think being a srilankan he must be great help to our team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    I wish Bangladeshi players focused on playing abroad more often - especially county league. It would be a great exposure to them. Even playing in WI would be a good idea - different types of pitches.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | June 10, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    We are lucky to have him but it will be extremely tough reaching the 1/8 of the world cup because our boys hardly get to play on such pitches and conditions down under unless Bangladesh plays several ODIs and A games till then. I strongly urge the new coach to help develop a player like Anamul to use his feet and adjust that technique of his because he's the most talented young batsman Bangladesh has produced to date and the team needs as many runs as possible.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    The cricket officials should stop firing or complaining against the coaching stuffs soon after a poor series or tournament. It's the players who play in the field. Their main focus should be the world cup and should get prepared for that. As Hathurusingha mentioned that he will be given all sort of supports, then he should prioritize to make the batsmen familiar with the Aussie styled pitches at home.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    This would be huge opportunity for Hathursigha to prove himself as a International coach,

    Wish him all the very best and happy journey with Bangladesh Cricket Team,

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | June 10, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    The fabric/infrastructure is in place for cricket in Bangladesh. We have seen the talent that is available to them. Since they do not have the pressures on them as the more established teams, I hope they will be able to raise their standards. Chandika, is of proven pedigree if I could put it that way. His experience in Australia will count towards a more positive approach and also command the respect of the players and the support staff.

    By taking a sensible approach and forcussing on what can be achievable and realistic, a SMART approach has been outlined.

    Bangladesh have seen what the Sri Lankan Board have not seen. It is to Bangladeshe's advantage.

    Good luck to Bangladesh.

    Philip Gnana, Surrey.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Best of luck our newcomer coaching staff's.....

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  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 11:12 GMT

    Best of luck our newcomer coaching staff's.....

  • POSTED BY Philip_Gnana on | June 10, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    The fabric/infrastructure is in place for cricket in Bangladesh. We have seen the talent that is available to them. Since they do not have the pressures on them as the more established teams, I hope they will be able to raise their standards. Chandika, is of proven pedigree if I could put it that way. His experience in Australia will count towards a more positive approach and also command the respect of the players and the support staff.

    By taking a sensible approach and forcussing on what can be achievable and realistic, a SMART approach has been outlined.

    Bangladesh have seen what the Sri Lankan Board have not seen. It is to Bangladeshe's advantage.

    Good luck to Bangladesh.

    Philip Gnana, Surrey.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 11:38 GMT

    This would be huge opportunity for Hathursigha to prove himself as a International coach,

    Wish him all the very best and happy journey with Bangladesh Cricket Team,

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 12:27 GMT

    The cricket officials should stop firing or complaining against the coaching stuffs soon after a poor series or tournament. It's the players who play in the field. Their main focus should be the world cup and should get prepared for that. As Hathurusingha mentioned that he will be given all sort of supports, then he should prioritize to make the batsmen familiar with the Aussie styled pitches at home.

  • POSTED BY TheRisingTeam on | June 10, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    We are lucky to have him but it will be extremely tough reaching the 1/8 of the world cup because our boys hardly get to play on such pitches and conditions down under unless Bangladesh plays several ODIs and A games till then. I strongly urge the new coach to help develop a player like Anamul to use his feet and adjust that technique of his because he's the most talented young batsman Bangladesh has produced to date and the team needs as many runs as possible.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 13:57 GMT

    I wish Bangladeshi players focused on playing abroad more often - especially county league. It would be a great exposure to them. Even playing in WI would be a good idea - different types of pitches.

  • POSTED BY Azizul84 on | June 10, 2014, 14:31 GMT

    Wish you best of Luck. May good sense prevail in BCB and Give full support to this coach and He is the right person. Honest, frank with clear thinking. We have good players and now we need a good leader and I think being a srilankan he must be great help to our team.

  • POSTED BY on | June 10, 2014, 14:47 GMT

    No wonder BD is not going anywhere as far as progress is concerned. When your aim is to qualify for the second round only then that's where you might NOT end even. Why not to target the winning? I know it is a fool's paradise but simply don't make any claims. Put your head down, work hard and aim for the top slot. Rest is distraction and obstruction.

  • POSTED BY Ain_EL_Sabet on | June 10, 2014, 15:49 GMT

    Why do promising players like Rajin Saleh , Nazimuddin just came for short time and suddenly disappeared from Bd cricket ? Rajin Saleh was very talented player and I cant believe he just disappeared from Bd cricket in no time ! How would Bd prosper if it does not give chance to its talented promising players who would improve and strengthen Bd team . Anyway, to prepare for the worldcup the coaches should work on Bd balling becuz Bd balling is very weak and its the balling that letting Bd down. Bd MUST change its captaincy before wc becuz God forbid if mushy remains captain his captaincy will cost Bd some important games.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | June 10, 2014, 17:16 GMT

    A new leaf for bd. Hopefully the new coaching staff put some sense to the players to play responsible cricket. Unless the cricketers themselves raise the bar it is not possible for the coaching staff to do anything. The players need to set their own goals and act more professional. Let results speak for themselves !