Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2013 April 8, 2013

Saqlain back as Bangladesh spin consultant


Saqlain Mushtaq will rejoin Bangladesh as their spin bowling consultant for the side's tour of Zimbabwe. He will join the squad in Dubai on Wednesday from where the team will travel to Harare.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board has a deal with the former Pakistan offspinner for 100 days of work this year, after his previous contract ended last December. This will be Saqlain's first assignment with Bangladesh in 2013. He wasn't with the team on their tour of Sri Lanka.

"We will only call Saqlain when the need arises," BCB's cricket operations chairman Enayet Hossain Siraj said. "We will not ask him to stay with us for a prolonged period. He will work for 100 days in a year, and this will start with the series against Zimbabwe."

Saqlain was appointed in July last year when Richard Pybus was head coach. He was with the team during the World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka and the subsequent home series against West Indies.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh have had to cancel their official training session scheduled for Tuesday due to the countrywide general strike. The team will get five days of training in Harare ahead of the first Test that begins on April 17.

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

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  • Muhammad on April 9, 2013, 22:04 GMT

    I think BD pace bowlers needs to understand their strengths and weaknesses. Many Teams have won matches without having a tear away fast bowler in their folds. Take England for example, non of them is genuinely fast but they take a lot of wickets and win matches for their country. Have you seen Shahadat, Musharfee and Abul bowl, they behave and bowl as if they are faster than Styen, Shoaib Akhtar or Bret Lee. Once they realize that they are only fast medium / medium fast they would start relying on their line, length and lateral movement to get wickets. Believe me this realization of truth will change their approach and yield immensely improved results.

  • Jonny on April 9, 2013, 11:37 GMT

    I agree pace bowling needs huge sorting BUT the major problem is why do we select the same bowlers over and over? instead of giving bowlers like Abul or Shahadat several chances who haven't done anything special with their bowling, give unknown fast bowlers of Bangladesh a chance because you never know. You want fast bowlers that have control over their bowling and are less expensive. I want to see Sajidul in the test 11 because he has obviously improved as a bowler.

  • mohammad on April 9, 2013, 10:07 GMT

    We have two potential pacers- Taskin and Sajedul.Nazmul can be added.But keep out Mashrafe.He is so vulnerable to injury that he hardly plays for national team.Also he should not be permitted to play all BPL matches.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on April 9, 2013, 8:36 GMT

    Good to see Saqlain is back.But why BCB is not taking any initiatives to get any PACE bowling coach???WC 2015 is almost near by us and in AUS/NZ conditions you are bound to play 3 pacers as SPIN would not work over there.So, what about that???Moe concerns are required from BCB!!!!

  • Muhammad Rakibul on April 9, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Plz appoint a fast bowling consultant too; not for national side rather for board. Saqlain may teach BD spinners doosra & other off-spinning staff in ZIM & NZ series under his 100 days contract period. But improvement in pace dept. is more important for BD now. A good & experienced fast bowling consultant must b appointed for board who can help fast bowlers of national side, A-team, Academy team to grow up.

  • Dummy4 on April 9, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    I am not sure what to say; spin is our strength and our spinners normally do well in home and in abroad. We are facing crisis with our pacers and this where we need a specialist pace bowling coach. Not sure what BCB is thinking, simply I do not get this. Pace bowling is our impending crisis for sure, not spin. In previous games including T20s, ODIs we conceeded too many runs and our bowlers bowling average has overcome our top batsmans batting average. Anything else to say?

  • w on April 8, 2013, 23:49 GMT

    I don't know what BCB is thinking! Why get Saqlain for 100 days only? His coaching worked. They should get him as a fulltime spin coach. They should also make sure the current head coach stays with BD for at least next 5 years. These two guys really made a difference to BD team. BTW, BCB needs to think about getting a fast bowling coach as well. This department is terrible right now. Current BD fast bowlers are helping opposition to win rather than making it difficult for them.

  • Dummy4 on April 8, 2013, 23:39 GMT

    Saqlain invented the doosra. He is one of those geniuses that never got the attention they deserved. Even his native Pakistan dropped him unceremoniously. Today he makes a living playing in county cricket. He is still a force to reckon with, even though he is past his prime. I agree with sadequl. saqlain should also be used to groom the next crop of players. have him coach 15 - 16 year olds in special camps. That way we can make the most of this great player's awesome talents.