Bangladesh news June 10, 2014

Bangladesh coach targets World Cup second round


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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  • Muhammad Rakibul 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.

  • Anup 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 .

  • nathaniel 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 .

  • Shoaib 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.

  • Muhammad Rakibul 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.

  • Ish 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.

  • Farhan 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

  • Farhan 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.

  • ESPN 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 ?

  • Shoaib 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.

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