Bangladesh in Zimbabwe 2013 April 8, 2013

Saqlain back as Bangladesh spin consultant

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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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  • AzAb12754 on April 9, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    A lot of BD fans are questioning why the BCB are not finding a fast bowling coach and rightly so they make a good point. Bangladesh desperately needs a good fast bowling coach but there's nothing wrong of having Saqlain as spin consultant or whatever because there's much more time for him to help our spinners learn more tricks and correct a few things. Also spin is BD best strength not pace bowling and for once Bangladesh need to play to their strengths not weaknesses otherwise the opposition will just exploit it. The management of BD just needs to accept the fact that Bangladesh don't have top quality fast bowlers and instead of giving several chances to out of sorts fast bowlers, move on and give other fast bowlers especially those yet to make a name for themselves in the BD team. Fast bowlers like Shahadat and Abul are just not good enough and struggle to take wickets and Rubel has the ability but needs to work on his consistency. Shafiul, Mashrafe, Nazmul, Sajidul are much better.

  • on April 9, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Its good to have a spin bowler coach especially for Gazi and others but BCB needs to focus on its weakness: Fast Bowling. Bangladesh desperately are in need for a fast bowler who can take wickets at below 40 and at a strike rate lower than 70 if not two. We need someone like Wasim, Waqar, Sreenath, Vaas, Pollock, McGrath to help our pacers who seem to have no clue on how to get a wicket. West Indies had so many greats. If we can get one of them to help our pacers with a contract like Saqlain it would help reduce the pressure on the spinners

  • TheRisingTeam on April 8, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    One of my favourite all time players of Pakistan. Love seeing Saqlain part of the Bangladesh team set-up. Makes a Bangladesh fan like me somewhat comfortable knowing that our bowlers especially the spinners should they have a trouble time can get his strong advise and become better bowlers. Its no secret Bangladesh has a very ordinary bowling attack and having a legend like Saqlain will teach our spinners all sorts of 'varieties' our spinners need to succeed at its fullest. I want to see a promising young off spinner like Sohag Gazi who made his Bangladesh debut with the help and courtesy of Saqlain become like him and bring Bangladesh a lot of success.

  • Sadequl on April 8, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Welcome back Saqlain Mushtaq [Salam] & so good to see you back among our boys. This is the top most, fruitful & positive action BCB has ever taken as far as it goes with any kind of selection matters & as our team is totally depended upon spin so who else could be the most effective to work it more like a magic except the spin magician himself. We would want to see Saqlain as our regular spin bowling coach rather then only partial consultant to be benefited in the future long run.

  • mshyder 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.

  • The_Ashes 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.

  • British_North_America 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.

  • Rafelgibt 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!!!!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam 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.

  • 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?

  • AzAb12754 on April 9, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    A lot of BD fans are questioning why the BCB are not finding a fast bowling coach and rightly so they make a good point. Bangladesh desperately needs a good fast bowling coach but there's nothing wrong of having Saqlain as spin consultant or whatever because there's much more time for him to help our spinners learn more tricks and correct a few things. Also spin is BD best strength not pace bowling and for once Bangladesh need to play to their strengths not weaknesses otherwise the opposition will just exploit it. The management of BD just needs to accept the fact that Bangladesh don't have top quality fast bowlers and instead of giving several chances to out of sorts fast bowlers, move on and give other fast bowlers especially those yet to make a name for themselves in the BD team. Fast bowlers like Shahadat and Abul are just not good enough and struggle to take wickets and Rubel has the ability but needs to work on his consistency. Shafiul, Mashrafe, Nazmul, Sajidul are much better.

  • on April 9, 2013, 4:52 GMT

    Its good to have a spin bowler coach especially for Gazi and others but BCB needs to focus on its weakness: Fast Bowling. Bangladesh desperately are in need for a fast bowler who can take wickets at below 40 and at a strike rate lower than 70 if not two. We need someone like Wasim, Waqar, Sreenath, Vaas, Pollock, McGrath to help our pacers who seem to have no clue on how to get a wicket. West Indies had so many greats. If we can get one of them to help our pacers with a contract like Saqlain it would help reduce the pressure on the spinners

  • TheRisingTeam on April 8, 2013, 22:57 GMT

    One of my favourite all time players of Pakistan. Love seeing Saqlain part of the Bangladesh team set-up. Makes a Bangladesh fan like me somewhat comfortable knowing that our bowlers especially the spinners should they have a trouble time can get his strong advise and become better bowlers. Its no secret Bangladesh has a very ordinary bowling attack and having a legend like Saqlain will teach our spinners all sorts of 'varieties' our spinners need to succeed at its fullest. I want to see a promising young off spinner like Sohag Gazi who made his Bangladesh debut with the help and courtesy of Saqlain become like him and bring Bangladesh a lot of success.

  • Sadequl on April 8, 2013, 19:24 GMT

    Welcome back Saqlain Mushtaq [Salam] & so good to see you back among our boys. This is the top most, fruitful & positive action BCB has ever taken as far as it goes with any kind of selection matters & as our team is totally depended upon spin so who else could be the most effective to work it more like a magic except the spin magician himself. We would want to see Saqlain as our regular spin bowling coach rather then only partial consultant to be benefited in the future long run.

  • mshyder 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.

  • The_Ashes 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.

  • British_North_America 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.

  • Rafelgibt 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!!!!

  • M_Rakibul_Islam 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.

  • 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?

  • dulabhai 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.

  • 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.

  • on April 8, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    I appreciate the inclusion of Saqlain in tigers coaching stuffs.

    We need a pace academy to nurture our young first bowlers. Our pace batteries badly need fast bowling coach to become lethal. They did little swing and seam bowling in BD or outside. A very few variations they contain. So Board should look on to this issue too.

  • m.moyaz on April 8, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Good decision but I would say we should focus more on pace boller and hire a pace bolling coach

  • Black_Prince on April 8, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    GREAT to see Saqlain Mustaq back among the coaching staff . When he is around, looks like the boys perform better, specially in the spin department. BUT I believe BD need a specialist coach for Fast Bowling. To be a competitive in International cricket we need pacers. I believe our Pacers need some guidance.

  • fr600 on April 8, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Welcome back Saqlain Mushtaq. It's a very good decision by BCB.

  • on April 8, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Good decision by BCB. Mr. Saqlain worked very well with Gazi and hopefully will do the same with our other spinners. I am not sure why Bangladesh is making the same mistake in Zimbabwe as they did last time. They aren't playing any warm up matches! They should play atleast one warm up match to acclimate themselves with the weather and playing conditions.

  • Sadequl on April 8, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Thnx BCB for the bold decision by brining Saqlain back in to the team but with due respect Mr. Enayet should realize when boys plays international cricket doesn't requires that much of guidance rather then the young [aged groups] kids needed it mostly cause they will lead the team in the future would. So definitely best choice would be to let the perfect results to come out from the choice BCB made. Hope BCB does have a plan & view about that sort to let our aged group's kids to have a chance to work with world's best spinner as well & that surely will have a longer & brighter effect in our future cricket for sure, in-sha-Allah.

  • Sadequl on April 8, 2013, 20:07 GMT

    Thnx BCB for the bold decision by brining Saqlain back in to the team but with due respect Mr. Enayet should realize when boys plays international cricket doesn't requires that much of guidance rather then the young [aged groups] kids needed it mostly cause they will lead the team in the future would. So definitely best choice would be to let the perfect results to come out from the choice BCB made. Hope BCB does have a plan & view about that sort to let our aged group's kids to have a chance to work with world's best spinner as well & that surely will have a longer & brighter effect in our future cricket for sure, in-sha-Allah.

  • on April 8, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Good decision by BCB. Mr. Saqlain worked very well with Gazi and hopefully will do the same with our other spinners. I am not sure why Bangladesh is making the same mistake in Zimbabwe as they did last time. They aren't playing any warm up matches! They should play atleast one warm up match to acclimate themselves with the weather and playing conditions.

  • fr600 on April 8, 2013, 21:33 GMT

    Welcome back Saqlain Mushtaq. It's a very good decision by BCB.

  • Black_Prince on April 8, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    GREAT to see Saqlain Mustaq back among the coaching staff . When he is around, looks like the boys perform better, specially in the spin department. BUT I believe BD need a specialist coach for Fast Bowling. To be a competitive in International cricket we need pacers. I believe our Pacers need some guidance.

  • m.moyaz on April 8, 2013, 21:55 GMT

    Good decision but I would say we should focus more on pace boller and hire a pace bolling coach

  • on April 8, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    I appreciate the inclusion of Saqlain in tigers coaching stuffs.

    We need a pace academy to nurture our young first bowlers. Our pace batteries badly need fast bowling coach to become lethal. They did little swing and seam bowling in BD or outside. A very few variations they contain. So Board should look on to this issue too.

  • 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.

  • dulabhai 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.

  • 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?

  • M_Rakibul_Islam 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.