Yusuf Pathan Says Bangladesh Domestic Players to Remain Open to New Ideas
Out of favor Indian all-rounder, Yusuf Pathan is of the opinion that Bangladesh’s domestic cricketers must be self-motivated and open to advise from their coaches to raise the standard of their game. Yusuf is currently playing for the Prime Bank Cricket Club in the Dhaka Premier League.
His team, the Prime Bank didn’t make it to the Super League after suffering a dramatic two wickets loss to Khelaghar Samaj Kalyan Samity in the last game of the first of the league’s matches. The swashbuckling all-rounder says that the Bangladesh domestic players must be open to new ideas rather than sticking to the qualities which they already possess.
“I am quite impressed with many of the Bangladeshi cricketers,” Pathan said. “We have some players in our team who can go for big hits like [Sazzadul Haque] Ripon, Nahidul [Islam] and Delwar [Hossain]. But one thing that is common when I speak to coaches here is that players have a set mindset, which is quite disappointing. These clubs spend a lot of money on these players who shouldn’t worry about anything else other than developing themselves quickly. After getting a Premier-League contract, the players should be motivated to make it big. They must remain open-minded.
“If someone tells me I should improve in a certain area, I will take that advice happily. I think most Indian cricketers have this attitude. I think it is a bit lacking here, at least from what the coaches are telling me. They tell me that the players are not prepared to listen. They feel they know what they have to do. I think it hurts cricket. I think they should change this culture. They should be hungrier. Unless you open up your heart and mind, you will struggle at the highest level.”
Pathan has made 159 runs in 7 DPL matches. He stated that one of the major differences between India and Bangladesh is regarding infrastructure. There is no doubt about the fact that India has many stadiums compared to Bangladesh. However, he feels Bangladesh has done well with the limited resources.
“There’s obviously a difference in structure. BCCI has done a lot for the Indian players. Every state has at least seven-eight grounds; Mumbai has around 50 grounds. Baroda and Maharashtra have plenty of facilities where you can play age-group cricket. The BCCI has developed many grounds, which provides great practice and match facilities to the players.
“We [the Pathan brothers, Yusuf and Irfan also have several branches of our academy all over India. It is called CAP. We are providing kids those things which we didn’t know at the start of our career: how should they approach certain things and then become more professional. Bangladesh, I think, have done laudable things for cricket. BKSP, Mirpur and Fatullah are good facilities.”
The all-rounder played a couple of matches for the Abahani Limited in the 2016 edition of the Dhaka Premier League He said that despite spin being used in Bangladesh widely, the pitches are of a really good standard which has eventually made the competition a more competitive one.
“In India, our pace bowlers bowl 35-40 overs in a match, while in Bangladesh, spinners bowl a similar number of overs. It is a huge difference in culture. But the Bangladeshi spinners don’t allow getting away with a lot of runs. The ball spins despite there not being a lot of grass in the pitches. It encourages both batsmen and bowlers. You must give credit to those who are preparing these good wickets.”
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