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Searching for an Ambrose in Bangladesh, says Walsh

Dhaka, Sep 5 (IANS) Bowling coach Courtney Walsh is keen to help Bangladesh produce a pacer duo in the mould of him and his compatriot Curtly Ambrose who had forged a world-beating pair in the 1990s.

The 53-year-old Jamaican wants to be more like a mentor and less like a conventional coach to Bangladesh, reports bdnews24.com.

“I don’t see myself too much as a coach as I see myself as a mentor — as father figure. I can help relieve them in some situations they might find themselves in,” Walsh said on Sunday.

The legendary fast bowler reached Dhaka on Saturday night and went to the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) office to sign the three-year contract on Sunday.

“I have always been involved in cricket, be it in Gloucester, Jamaica or West Indies. I have always tried to get a couple of fast bowlers under my wing to mentor. Curtly Ambrose was one of them,” he added.

“So, if I can get a second Ambrose from Bangladesh, I will be happy.”

“We formed one of the best striking partnerships in world cricket. If I can pass that to any two Bangladeshi fast bowlers, I will be very happy,” he said at his first press conference here.

He recalled the role his seniors played in his improvement.

“I remember Malcolm Marshall, Michael Holding and Joel Garner. When I just started, that’s what they did for me. I hope to pass that on to the Bangladesh team.”

Boasting a towering tally of 519 Test wickets, Walsh said his “natural instinct” led him to accept the Bangladesh job.

“I’ve never ever played in Bangladesh in my career. It’s another chance to make new friends, and I always like challenges and get a satisfactory end result at the end of everything. It is a combination of both.”

In his career, Walsh was able to bowl through long spells without compromising with his pace. He plans to prepare his new disciples in the same way, both physically and mentally.

“I am very excited with some of the young Bangladeshi fast bowlers. They have improved, and if I can help them a little bit more, that’s the key. I will strive for consistency and hard work,” he said.

Walsh said he may not be the “the best with names” in regard to team selection but he would like to know the players under his guidance before anything.

“I will first try to get to know the individuals as best as I can…imparting my knowledge to them. Finding out how they want to improve their game, and know their aim and objective.”

“We can practice different skill-sets and levels of commitment. At the end of the day, what excites me is what the team benefits from.”

He passed on a message of inspiration for the Bangladesh players.

“One thing that I want to pass on to the Bangladeshi guys is that you have to be strong and be prepared for hard work, maintain physically and consistency,” the 53-year-old said.

“If we can work hand in hand with those two, we will be headed in the right path. It won’t happen overnight. We have to put in some ground work. Once we get the basics right, you will see a lot of improvement and consistency.”

With immense experiences of a career spanning around 17 years, Walsh praised the Bangladesh Cricket Board for its efforts for the improvement of the country’s cricket.

“What really impressed me was the strides that Bangladesh Cricket Board wants to make for their players. They have gone leaps and bounds to improve the game. Obviously, they want to improve their rankings and I would like to be part of that.”

Courtney Walsh
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Coaching Bangladesh is fulfillment of a dream for Walsh

Dhaka, Sep 4 (IANS) West Indies pace legend Courtney Walsh on Sunday said he always dreamed of coaching a national team after leaving a glittering 17-year career behind.

So, he had little to think over when the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) offered him the position of bowling coach, reports bdnews24.com.

The 53-year-old Jamaican set foot in Dhaka on Saturday night. He arrived at the BCB offices on Sunday afternoon to complete the formalities of his three-year contract.

“I think the opportunity presented itself. I’ve always dreamed of being involved with an international team. I didn’t have to think too hard about this opportunity,” Walsh later told reporters.

“There was something that I wanted to get done as well, so I am happy to be part of it.”

Walsh – the first bowler to reach the landmark tally of 500 Testwickets – credited BCB Chief Executive Nizamuddin Chowdhury for clearing up any doubt which he may have had.

“I remember when Nizam got in touch with me and said they were interested, I said let me think about it,” he added.

“We went back and forth but when he said ‘you are our No. 1 target’, that was something that I gave it a serious consideration.

“It showed that they wanted to take their cricket to another level. We started the chat from there and I am here.”

Having previously praised Chandika Hathurusingha’s exploits as head coach in the growth of Bangladesh cricket, he hoped to contribute to the team’s success.

“I arrived here last night to do the best I can for Bangladesh cricket working with the head coach. Together we can achieve some good successes for Bangladesh cricket,” Walsh added.

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Batsman Tamim Iqbal wants more Tests for Bangladesh

Dhaka, July 28 (IANS) Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal on Thursday lamented the dearth of Test matches played by his country in comparison to the other Test playing nations.

Bangladesh are busy with a conditioning camp in preparation for England’s trip in late September. But even that tour has come under a security cloud.

If the series is cleared, Bangladesh will be able to play Tests after 14 months. The last time they played the traditional format of the game, it was against South Africa in August last year in their backyard.

The long Test drought is not just painful for Tamim, who is in fine fettle. His run of form in Tests was superb last year but the long gap will definitely force him to rediscover his touch.

“A cricketer always dreams of playing Test matches, dreams of playing 100 Tests for his country,” Tamim was quoted as saying by bdnews24.com on Thursday.

“Those who started their Test career when I did have already played 80-90 Tests, whereas I’ve played just (42). It’s a bit sad for me. I just wish I could play more Tests – then I would’ve had more runs; my team-mates would’ve had more success,” he added.

The left-handed opener made his Test debut in January 2008. Since then England’s Alastair Cook has played 107 Tests, James Anderson 87 and Stuart Broad 95. Australia’s Michael Clarke, who retired about a year ago, had played 84 since Tamim’s debut.

Tamim, however, is well aware of International Cricket Council (ICC) policies and Bangladesh Cricket Board’s (BCB) diplomatic and administrative flaws.

But pragmatic as he is, Tamim does not pile all the blame on others. He thinks the players, too, must play a pivotal role to earn more Test fixtures.

“I always say it’s not in our hands, but we can change all that with our performance, if we play well, win more matches, maybe then the top teams will be eager to play us.”

“It doesn’t matter what we say, or how many reasons we put forth. I think it entirely depends on upon the players. If we can bring Bangladesh a good Test result, we will then be able to play more Test matches,” he added.

Bangladesh
Bangladesh
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DPL team raises match fixing allegations against three international players

There is no end to the problems in Bangladesh cricket as another controversy has erupted in Bangladesh cricket and this is the big one i.e. match fixing allegations. DPL team Victoria SC has raised allegations on three international players for doubtful on-field activities during the game. The three players which are under scanner are Naid Chowdhury, Shuhrawadi Shuvo, and Dolar Mahmud. All have marked their presence in international cricket for their team in the past.

The Victoria SC team has submitted a written note to the Bangladesh cricket board expressing their concerns and grievances regarding the issue. The team has requested the board to scrutinise the actions of all the three players during the tournament especially in the two of the matches they played against the Legends of Rupaganj. In the first match against Ruparaganj in the month of April, Victoria team posted a total of 314 but match ended in a tie. In the second contest, the Victoria team posted a defendable total of 258 but lost the match. Pawan Negi scored an unbeaten 124* for Rupaganj.

“We have submitted an application to the board to investigate against three players of our team. We think they intentionally played badly against Legends of Rupganj in both round matches to lose the games. Against Rupganj in the first round and the Super League match, our players Nadif Chowdhury, Suhrawadi Shuvo and Dollar Mahmood dropped a number of catches in the vital moments, for which we had to lose both the games. From here we doubt they did these intentionally going against their own team.” said the club president Nesar Ahmed on the issue.

“We show caused Nadif Chowdhury, Dollar Mahmood, Suhrawadi Shuvo and some other players. But they never replied to our concerns. So now it’s up to the board to find out why the players did these against their team,” concluded the club president.

Off the three players, Suhrawadi Shuvo was hospitalised during the tournament after being hit by a bouncer. He was immediately rushed to the hospital and was kept under the observation for 24 hours. He was released from the hospital after being found stable.

This is not the first controversy in DPL as the non-payment of match fees to players was also one of the issues raised during the tournament.
In this edition of DPL the Indian players marked their presence and around 15-20 players participated in the league showing their talent on the field. Few of them were Manoj Tiwary, Unmukt Chand, Pawan Negi, Manvinder Bisla, Uday Kaul and few others participated in the tournament.

Bangladeshi cricketer Suhrawadi Shuvo hospitalized after being struck by bouncer
Bangladeshi cricketer Suhrawadi Shuvo hospitalized after being struck by bouncer
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Bangladeshi cricketer Suhrawadi Shuvo hospitalized after being struck by bouncer

Suhrawadi Shuvo, a Bangladesh all-rounder, has been hospitalised after being hit by a bouncer on the lower side of his neck on Saturday in Mirpur. He was Playing for Victoria Sporting Club in the Dhaka Premier League against Abahani and was struck by the bouncer while he was trying to evade a well-directed bouncer from Taskin Ahmed.

It looked as though the ball didn’t rise as much as Shuvo had expected, and despite keeping his eyes on the ball, he couldn’t get out of its path.

Bangladesh Cricket Board’s chief physician, Dr. Debashish Chowdhury reportedly has confirmed that Shuvo is now in stable condition, but have to undergo some scans at the Apollo hospital.

“He is stable now, but as with any head injuries, they will observe him for at least 24 hours. Once we know his scan results, we will be able to understand his condition better.”

The physician further revealed the accident happened because the batsman’s helmet didn’t follow the new safety regulations. It’s a well-known fact that new safety regulations were given top most importance after Phil Hughes lost his life  being struck by a bouncer below his ear late in November 2014.

“It would have helped if he was wearing the helmet with new safety regulations, but he wasn’t.”

“We make four instant tests in such a situation. He passed three of those, but he didn’t respond when we put light on his eyes. This is of some concern,” Chowdhury said.

27-year-old Shuvo, who was batting on 21, fell to the ground after being hit and covered his eyes with his hands while the opposition players ran towards him for assistance. He was soon taken to a local hospital located roughly 12 km from the stadium with the Victorian team staffs.

The left-hander batsman, who has so far played a Test and Twenty20 International along with 17 One-Day Internationals, last appeared for his country in 2011.

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New Zealand Cricket announces dates for upcoming home summer

New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has confirmed their 2016-17 international summer dates, which will be played at home. Also NZC announced their international home schedule for 2017-18 summer.

The international home summer of 2016-17 will begin from the middle of November with the Test series against Pakistan. New Zealand will play two-match Test series against Pakistan in November 2016. After that, the Black Caps will play against Bangladesh, Australia and South Africa at their home ground during 2016-17 summer.

New Zealand will play three-match ODI series, three-match T20I series and a two-match Test series against Bangladesh. The series will begin from the Boxing Day (26th December 2016) with ODI and Bangladesh’s tour will run till 2017 January.

After completing Bangladesh series, New Zealand will play Chappell-Hadlee trophy against Australia. It will be only three-match ODI series between these two teams. The first match will be played on 30th January 2017 at Auckland and following matches will be played on 2nd February (at Napier) and 5th February 2017 (at Hamilton).

Next New Zealand will host bilateral series against South Africa. The series will begin with only T20I and will follow 5-match ODI series and a three-match Test series.

New Zealand also confirmed their 2017-18 international home series which will be played against West Indies, Pakistan, England and Australia in the summer. The venues are confirmed for 2017-18  summer series but the dates are still not confirmed.

Moreover, NZC is planning for a day-night Test against England during 2017-18 summer, which could be played at Eden Park, Auckland.

2016-17 international summer series schedule for New Zealand cricket

New Zealand v Pakistan

Test series

1st Test – 17-21 November 2016 at Christchurch

2nd Test – 25-29 November 2016 at Hamilton

 

New Zealand v Bangladesh

ODI series

1st ODI – 26 December 2016 at Christchurch

2nd ODI – 29 December 2016 at Nelson

3rd ODI – 31 December 2016 at Nelson

T20I series

1st T20I – 3 January 2017 at Napier

2nd T20I – 6 January 2017 at Mt Maunganui

3rd T20I – 8 January 2017 at Mt Maunganui

Test series

1st Test – 12-16 January 2017 at Wellington

2nd Test – 20-24 January 2017 at Christchurch

 

New Zealand v Australia

ODI series

1st ODI – 30 January 2017 at Auckland

2nd ODI – 2 February 2017 at Napier

3rd ODI – 5 February 2017 at Hamilton

 

New Zealand v South Africa

T20I series

Only T20I – 17 February 2017 at Auckland

ODI series

1st ODI – 19 February 2017 at Hamilton

2nd ODI – 22 February 2017 at Christchurch

3rd ODI – 25 February 2017 at Wellington

4th ODI – 1 March 2017 at Napier

5th ODI – 4 March 2017 at Auckland

Test series

1st Test – 8-12 March 2017 at Dunedin

2nd Test – 16-20 March 2017 at Wellington

3rd Test – 25-29 March 2017 at Hamilton