Bangladesh can't take batting advice from Walsh insists BCB president

By March 11, 2018
Courtney Walsh Courtney Walsh

Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan hinted that he told the team they could not expect batting advice from Windies legend Courtney Walsh despite his recent appointment as interim coach.

Bangladesh’s batting was very much a sore point in the team’s first game of the Nidahas Trophy, where they made 139 all out in a six-wicket loss to India.  The team’s performance was much-improved in the second match, however, as they chased 215 to beat Sri Lanka.

Walsh, who was appointed two years ago as the bowling coach, took over as interim coach in the lead-up to the tournament as Bangladesh continue the struggle to find a replacement. 

Despite Walsh's post BCB head Hassan, however, insisted the players would be better off taking batting advice from themselves and insists he told them as much.  Walsh was once the world record holder for claiming Test wickets but was also noted for his bad performances at the crease.

“I sat with Mushfiqur [Rahim], Tamim [Iqbal] and [Mahmudullah] Riyad after the India game," Hassan told reporters following the game.

"There was a lot of emotion in the meeting. Our batting against India was unacceptable. I told them that you didn't play cricketing shots; you only tried to swing at deliveries outside off-stump. The new boys may have done it but not Tamim, Mushfiq and Riyad. They gave away 57 (68) dot balls,” he added.

"Who will bring them out of this? I am a non-technical person. They have to do this job. They have Walsh who is the interim coach but we can't expect batting plans from him. We spoke a lot about this; there were a lot of emotions. I said there's no point being emotional. Let's stick to the basics.”

Kwesi Mugisa

Kwesi has been a sports journalist with more than 10-years’ experience in the field. First as a Sports Reporter with The Gleaner in the early 2000s before he made the almost natural transition to becoming an editor. Since then he has led the revamp of The Star’s sports offering, making it a more engaging and forward-thinking component of the most popular tabloid newspaper in the Caribbean.

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