Bangladesh cricket team boasts of a long list of high profile specialist coaches brought in from overseas but the huge sums of money spent on this coaching staff has hardly bore any fruits in recent times.
The Tigers are returning home today from New Zealand after a frustrating series where they were outplayed by the hosts in all three departments.
The Tigers showed some fight in the second one-day international in Christchurch but a number of dropped catches and fielding mishaps cost them the match.
The sorry state of Bangladesh’s fielding throughout the series surprised veteran coach and cricket advisor in BKSP Nazmul Abedin Fahim.
‘I cannot recall the last time I saw such poor fielding from Bangladesh. I know we are not Australia, New Zealand or South Africa, but these players have done better in 2015-16,’ Fahim told New Age on Saturday.
‘But now they are acting like individual islands, no connection among them. They are clearly showing lack of confidence,’ he added.
In the three-match ODI series, Bangladesh crossed the 200-run threshold only once and in the final match of the tour, the Tigers became the third country in the history of T20Is to get bundled out inside 10 overs.
The bowlers didn’t fare any better as they looked hapless against an inexperienced Kiwi middle order in both white-ball formats.
Bangladesh team coaches have praised their charges almost on all occasions in front of the media, but on the field the performance graph is on a downward spiral.
Fahim thinks that the foreign coaches underestimate Bangladeshi players’ abilities and praise even the minutest levels of improvement.
‘I feel that the foreign coaches underestimate our abilities. They undermine the standard of our domestic cricket and when someone shows a bit of improvement they are very happy and project that as a huge success.
‘Like if the team is all out for 100 they think that is also a kind of improvement because without them the team could be all out for 70 runs. In the nets, if someone can deliver four straight deliveries out of six, they are happy. If someone can make a fifty, they are happy,’ Fahim said.
Fahim also thinks that Russell Domingo has failed to instill confidence into his young players, which was evident with the team’s performance in the third T20I, where the ‘big five’ of the team were absent from the team sheet.
‘These players are used to performing under the senior players or so called big five. Without them, they looked aimless. There was no sense of teaming up, becoming part of a big group. They were all playing for themselves. The coach [Domingo] could not instill that confidence in them,’ Fahim said.
Furthermore, Fahim thinks that the coaches are guilty of not giving timely reality checks to the players.
‘Our players have a false sense of confidence in them which is caused by the media or by a wrong measuring method scale… The coaches should give them a reality check but unfortunately they are not doing this’ Fahim told New Age.
Former captain Khaled Mashud feels that instead of the national team, experienced coaching staff should be employed at the grassroots and age-level teams.
‘Now Indian team has players like Ishan Kishan, Rishabh Pant who were part of the Under-19 team in 2016. At that time Rahul Dravid was the coach of U-19 team and later he was appointed as the head of National Cricket Academy. We also have to build players from age groups and need experienced coaches there,’ Mashud told New Age on Saturday.
Coaching staff of Bangladesh team
Head coach: Russell Domingo
Batting coach: Jon Lewis
Pace bowling coach: Ottis Gibson
Spin bowling coach: Daniel Vettori
Fielding coach: Ryan Cook
Head of physical performance: Nick Lee
Physio: Julien Callefato