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Zunaid
January 23, 2011, 02:31 AM
Fielding coach Julien Fountain has graciously agreed to an interview with BanglaCricket. Just like Ian Pont's interview, I am soliciting your questions. I am assuming the brunt of the questions might be related to preparations for the impending WC and on the chosen 15.

Fire away!

Eshen
January 23, 2011, 02:42 AM
How satisfied are you with the progress the boys made under you so far?

Will you be interested to extend your contract with Bangladesh team beyond the world cup?

Trigger_Tiger
January 23, 2011, 02:42 AM
Question from Wafi Sattar: On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate our entire fielding unit in terms of agility, hitting the target, speed and overall a fielding unit especially for the World Cup. Are we ready enough to make a big difference with the fielding? Of course match situation matters and that is a whole different story but still, how highly would you rate the current outfit of 15 for the World Cup?

Zeeshan
January 23, 2011, 02:49 AM
1.What particular characteristic is sin qua non of such players like Jonty, Collingwood, de Villiers and ones like them? [[Of course, it's not always about flashy diving and you did mention that overseas players are more likely to dive because of their related sports like rugby.]

2. Strengths and weakness of players in the 15 man squad.

oracle
January 23, 2011, 05:18 AM
Q: How have you used your Baseball expertise,tactics and experience with the BD team?Please describe?

Q: Besides bowling, could you elaborate the various inputs you have passed on to our batters. For example, like Baseball style power batting, how does this help the batters, especially with the tail enders?

Thanks- I think he is a very interesting coach to interview? Good Luck!

zainab
January 23, 2011, 05:22 AM
New Zealand and South Africa are the two best fielding sides in the world.
Can you at least train these boys to field like these two teams? that means a lot of hard work, are they up to it?

magic boy
January 23, 2011, 05:41 AM
You know Mushfiqur Rahim is weak in wicketkeeping and often does some mistakes.How are you helping him? or don't you think we should seek for another specialist wicketkeeper continuing Rahim as batsman only?

We have been noticing more Run Out occurring in Bangladesh innings rather than breaking opponent's healthy partnership with half/full run out chance.how are you solving this?

Rotating strike,taking quick single,longer partnership based on singles & doubles.our cricketers seem to be very weak in these issue.

What do you think, How well are we going to do in this world cup?

Say something to banglacricket.com and the fans!

thank you!

Zunaid
January 23, 2011, 05:42 AM
Anyone saw his interview on NTV and can comment on it?

silversurf
January 23, 2011, 06:12 AM
Who are speacialist fielders for speacial fielding position in Bangladesh Team ?

BANFAN
January 23, 2011, 09:09 AM
Observation: Quick & Sharp return by the fielders, is very important in putting the batsman in pressure and wearing them out by forcing them to run faster. Our fielders seem to lack in this department, they seem to keep the ball in possesion & delay in returing the ball, which allows the bats man to stroll instead of running.

Q1 : Are we going to see some drastic changes during the world cup in our players' behaviour in this regard?

Q2: Which are the areas of our team's fielding, we can expect to see note able improvement during this WC?

Rifat
January 23, 2011, 12:32 PM
are you happy to coach a side like Bangladesh? what is the best part of your job?

sheikh
January 23, 2011, 01:22 PM
Tell us something about your fielding software. How this software can help our fielding?

Dilscoop
January 23, 2011, 02:04 PM
How do you pick yourself up after a dropped catch?

Who has the best arm in the team?

Do you think cricket and it's organizers should pay more attention to fielding stats, other than just keeping a track of number of catches a player took?

bujhee kom
January 23, 2011, 04:07 PM
Q. How are you sir and How do you like Bangladesh and her people? What do you like to eat?

Banglaguy
January 23, 2011, 04:12 PM
How is the butterfly ball coming...?

roman
January 23, 2011, 07:57 PM
How is the butterfly ball coming...?

Thats a question for Pont I guess :)

roman
January 23, 2011, 08:04 PM
Q1 You have worked with our lower order batsmen. What do you think is the main reason for our batsmen not capitalizing BPP? Can we expect to see a better performance in WC?

Purbasha T
January 23, 2011, 08:05 PM
Is there anything that give the subcontinental players, including (or particularly) Bangladeshis, some advantage over players from other parts of the world as far as fielding is concerned?

Looks like a stupid question :confused: but I'll ask anyway! :D

Zeeshan
January 23, 2011, 10:00 PM
Is there anything that give the subcontinental players, including (or particularly) Bangladeshis, some advantage over players from other parts of the world as far as fielding is concerned?

Looks like a stupid question :confused: but I'll ask anyway! :D

Height! A Bushman tribe in Sudanese dessert consist of all tall people (at least six feeet). Although they'd make an excellent candidate for basketball they would struggle to have the agility of short wicketkeepers.

And no it's not a stupid question. Body mechanics has more to do with using given proportion to optimum level. Big, bulky, brawn don't always win the race.

IMHO.

Purbasha T
January 24, 2011, 04:18 PM
Dhannebad ZM.

Z Boss, question is on then. :)

RazabQ
January 24, 2011, 04:26 PM
What level of statistical analysis are the players using? When a Shakib is setting up field placings or an individual fielder is deciding how much to "walk in", are they doing this with the type of knowledge such as, "the opposition batter hits 60% of leg side full deliveries into this spot and 30% of them are in the air"?

With fielders who are not natural athletes what is your approach? "Hiding them" in the outfield or identifying redeeming attributes and up-skilling them in that area to make them specialists? For e.g. Junaed is slow but seems to be a decent close catcher.

MohammedC
January 24, 2011, 04:37 PM
How are you getting on with your fielding analysis software with Bangladesh National Squad ?

cricket_fanatic
January 26, 2011, 02:12 AM
Q. What do you think are the basic requirements to be a very good fielder? Also what do you think is more important to be a good fielder - natural athletic ability or practice and perseverence?

Thanks.

Naimul_Hd
January 26, 2011, 03:00 AM
Q. You seem to be very fond of Tamim. You two have have seen together many times. What attributes do separate him from others ? ;)

ahms
January 26, 2011, 08:57 AM
How do you rate our players as a fielder? What needs to be done to rectify our weakness in fielding? Do our players capable of achieving best fielding team in the world? -------Thanks

Dilscoop
January 26, 2011, 05:40 PM
With fielders who are not natural athletes what is your approach? "Hiding them" in the outfield or identifying redeeming attributes and up-skilling them in that area to make them specialists? For e.g. Junaed is slow but seems to be a decent close catcher.
I do not think outfield is not a hiding place. Tamim fields in the out field, and he is not a hider. Usually tall and athletic players with strong arms fields in the out-field.

That brings out my next Q. Go over the positions of our fielders. I know Junaid is a slip catcher. And I know few others, but it would be nice if you could go over them.

I know JS did a nice job of removing/keeping away the traditional "Indian culture" of field positioning - if you are the youngest/newest, you field at silly-mid on, if you are a guru, you get to aram at slips and stuff. He managed to get the true positioning into our team. 2nd openers usually fields at silly -mid on. 1st or 3rd fields at slips. etc etc etc. I am not an expert but I kinda know it follows some kind of certain rule with player's batting position + abiltiy. idk if we did follow those before, never really payed attention. But now that I do, I see it.)

Zunaid
January 29, 2011, 05:17 AM
As a first for BanglaCricket, we are very proud to announce that Coach Julien Fountain has graciously decided to come on board as a member and directly answer fan questions. We have had Bangladesh cricket luminary members in the past such as ex BCB President Saber Chowdhury, Test Centurian Aminul Islam Bulbul, ex National U-19 and HP Coach Richard McInnes amongst others as BC member and we welcome Coach Julien amongst our midst.

I ask our fans to remember that Coach Julien is currently a very busy man whipping our boys into shape so that we can bring the cup home. While we thank Julien for joining us and spending some of his valuable time here, we must also respect him and his time. Admins and moderators will be extra vigilant on this thread.

So without further ado, I present you Coach Julien - he will be joining BanglaCricket as the user "Direct-Hit".

Please join me in welcoming Coach Julien.

magic boy
January 29, 2011, 05:29 AM
A very warm welcome to Mr. Julien Fountain. Thanx a lot for joining us. That means a lot for the fans. We wish you will have some fun with us!

-magic boy

Naimul_Hd
January 29, 2011, 05:34 AM
wow. thats a great news. a warm welcome to Mr.Julien in BanglaCricket. I hope he will visit here regularly and will share his views and opinions regarding cricket and bangla cricket. Thanks again :)

Zunaid
January 29, 2011, 07:16 AM
It must be an omen. Julien Fountain is our 11,000th member.

Ajfar
January 29, 2011, 08:07 AM
Welcome to BC coach. Great to have you here.
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Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 08:55 AM
How satisfied are you with the progress the boys made under you so far?

Will you be interested to extend your contract with Bangladesh team beyond the world cup?

Answer:
Really happy with the progress, the guys are working really hard in their build up process, and we are looking forward to showing the world exactly what Bangladesh Cricket means today !

My contract runs out at the end of March, and as of today nobody has approached me with the intention of offering a new one. I am thoroughly enjoying my time here in Dhaka / Chittagong and would be more than happy to stay on beyond the end of March, providing the offer falls within the parameters which I need to make a commitment.

At this point I am totally focuused on making sure that I have given everything possible to allow the players to perform on Feb 19th and all the way through to the final.

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 09:04 AM
Question from Wafi Sattar:
On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate our entire fielding unit in terms of agility, hitting the target, speed and overall a fielding unit especially for the World Cup. Are we ready enough to make a big difference with the fielding? Of course match situation matters and that is a whole different story but still, how highly would you rate the current outfit of 15 for the World Cup?

Answer:
If you are asking for a single mark out of 10, thats being a tad simplistic however here goes . . . . as of today . . . .an 8, by Feb 19 it will be . . . . a 10

Are we ready to make a big difference, absolutely. Are Economy Rate is sky high, Our Wicket taking Opportunity conversion is up and our Error rate is down. In laymans terms, it is now as if we bat with 12 not 11 players, as we contribute 30-40 runs (saved) in the field.

Because there are very few published statistics on fielding, it is difficult to compare teams as it tends to be "One persons view against the other" which often leads to bias and poor judgement. That is why i have designed software to eliminate the hearsay and only record fact. In answer to your question, I rate them very highly.

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 09:09 AM
1.What particular characteristic is sin qua non of such players like Jonty, Collingwood, de Villiers and ones like them? [[Of course, it's not always about flashy diving and you did mention that overseas players are more likely to dive because of their related sports like rugby.]

2. Strengths and weakness of players in the 15 man squad.

Answer:
1. An elite fielder has the following characteristics:
Speed, Agility, Bravery, Excellent hand to eye coordination, Excellent command of the 100 plus fielding skills & variants !

2. Sorry, that file is confidential as it contains tacticallly useful information!

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 09:19 AM
Q: How have you used your Baseball expertise,tactics and experience with the BD team?Please describe?

Q: Besides bowling, could you elaborate the various inputs you have passed on to our batters. For example, like Baseball style power batting, how does this help the batters, especially with the tail enders?

Thanks- I think he is a very interesting coach to interview? Good Luck!

Answer:
My cricket / baseball background is apparent in every area of my coaching, as I tend to not simply conform to "Normal Cricket Thinking" but instead challenge players, skills coaches to address each situation or topic with fact, not merely accept the traditional approach.

I coach each skill with the intention of allowing the player to perform it to their maximum potential. During a week where Ian Pont & myself designed the program, we incorporated a Baseball power mechanics session for all batters (as these mechanics are being used in IPL etc with increasingly good results) and a drop ball (bunting) session for batters to encourage strike rotation and to prove that it is possible to run well between the wickets if you commit 100 % to it, and not stutter step.

I have also run a couple of tail ender sessions (before Zimbabwe series) aimed at simplifying their role, so they are not confused on the big stage, and keep their shot selection simple and concise, with a well established game plan.

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 09:31 AM
New Zealand and South Africa are the two best fielding sides in the world.
Can you at least train these boys to field like these two teams? that means a lot of hard work, are they up to it?

Answer:

Firstly, I would like to enquire how you came to that decision (because unless you can provide a full package of statistics comparing teams like for like, that is merely opinion, not actual fact) I am, of course, playing devils advocate here as cricket does not publish proper fielding statistics, which is why i have designed some software to do this job. For example player 1 has taken 12 catches in a series, and player 2 has only taken 10. Who is the better catcher ? (what is not documented is that player 1 had 24 chances and caught 12 and player 2 had 10 chances and caught 10) you decide who is better the man with the higher number or the man with the higher percentage success rate.:-/



Secondly:
Learning the actual skills / tactics is only one part of the job; the other aspects are a littel tougher to gain i.e Bravery, as the two teams you mentioned both have a proud rugby heritage, so the players will have grown up hitting the ground, so it does not worry them. Cultures who do not play contact sports, will always be disadvantaged in the field as the fear of hitting the ground must be overcome in order to perform well in the field.

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:00 AM
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You know Mushfiqur Rahim is weak in wicketkeeping and often does some mistakes.How are you helping him? or don't you think we should seek for another specialist wicketkeeper continuing Rahim as batsman only?
Answer:

We have been noticing more Run Out occurring in Bangladesh innings rather than breaking opponent's healthy partnership with half/full run out chance.how are you solving this?

Rotating strike,taking quick single,longer partnership based on singles & doubles.our cricketers seem to be very weak in these issue.

What do you think, How well are we going to do in this world cup?

Say something to banglacricket.com and the fans!

thank you!


Answer:
Statistically, Mushy is our best performer in the field, so i am not sure how you have come to your decision !

Runnning between the wickets comes under batting, which is not my department !
As far as us converting runout chances, we are operating at around 70-100% genuine chance conversion rate both on the ground and in the air.

"We are here to win the world cup. You dont enter a race with the intention of coming second, you enter with the intention of winning. Hard work, bravery, intelligence and a little luck . . . .???"

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:03 AM
Who are speacialist fielders for speacial fielding position in Bangladesh Team ?

Sorry, tactical information is confidential. You will have to wait until Feb 19th to see who fields where ;)(but yes we do have an elite special unit, who are backed up by specialist individuals in other areas)

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:17 AM
Observation: Quick & Sharp return by the fielders, is very important in putting the batsman in pressure and wearing them out by forcing them to run faster. Our fielders seem to lack in this department, they seem to keep the ball in possesion & delay in returing the ball, which allows the bats man to stroll instead of running.

Q1 : Are we going to see some drastic changes during the world cup in our players' behaviour in this regard?
seconds . . . .

Q2: Which are the areas of our team's fielding, we can expect to see note able improvement during this WC?

Answer:
Runouts are caused by a combination of poor judgement (by the batters) and good skill execution by the fielders. Perhaps an important point on this topic is . . . What exactly is a genuine runout opportunity? There is absolutely no point in our players picking up and throwing the ball hard, if there is not a genuine runout opportunity. It is a simple equation depending on a players ability to throw a ball at a particular speed, over a particular distance, will take a certain amount of time. Time = Distance / speed, so if a player is 60m and throws the ball at 30 m/sec it will take 2 full seconds to cover the desired distance. Then there is the accuracy issue . . . . . and the time it takes to pick up and transfer the ball first . . . . If the leading runners go wicket to wicket in 2.7

Answer:
All of them, hopefully ! Especially aggression and Intensity.

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:21 AM
are you happy to coach a side like Bangladesh? what is the best part of your job?

Answer:
Having coached Pakistan, West Indies and England previously, I can honestly say that I am really happy to be here in Bangladesh coaching these guys. I enjoy each day as it is an opportunity to assist these young guys with preparing for the biggest event of their lives.

To see a player struggle with a skill, speak to me, learn a solution then demonstrate it in a game.:)

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:24 AM
Tell us something about your fielding software. How this software can help our fielding?

Answer:
It is a software package which allows a coach to log complete fielding information for each ball in a game. This then allows not only a player by player breakdown, but it accurately allocates both praise / blame for individual events, without being clouded by ignorance of the subject or pre existing bias. Fact is recorded as fact. This allows for individually designed training programs based around a players performance.

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:37 AM
How do you pick yourself up after a dropped catch?

Who has the best arm in the team?

Do you think cricket and it's organizers should pay more attention to fielding stats, other than just keeping a track of number of catches a player took?

Answer:
By concentrating on the next ball, and letting go of any anxiety (which is tough to do)
A huge factor for us in this world cup will be the bangladesh supporters. They can either help us win or lose depending on their reactions to various situationse.eg Positive support for our players despite any mistakes which are made by them. Negative shouting will only contribute to a players poor performance (especially in the field) for the rest of that game, and possibly the tournament. This is an opportunity to win this on home soil, dont ruin it by abusing bangladesh players for whatever reason. You dont know, there may be a really good tactical reason behind a batting role/tactic which you are simply not aware of !

Rule of thumb for this world cup . . . "Real Bangladesh cricket fans dont abuse Bangladesh Players, for any reason whatsoever. Positive shouting only this world cup"

Answer:
Best arm . . . . Ian Pont

Answer:
That is the only way to get a completely unbiased view of good and bad fielding. You would be suprised at the amount of unsubstantiated tripe I hear with regard to who is a good or bad fielder !

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:41 AM
Q. How are you sir and How do you like Bangladesh and her people? What do you like to eat?

Answer:

I am fine (thanks for asking)
I really like Bangladesh and have not met people as passionate about cricket as you anywhere else in the world.
I love curry, so am in heaven at the moment.:smug:

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:46 AM
How is the butterfly ball coming...?

Answer:
The Butterfly Ball is coming along nicely, thank you. The quicks have it in their locker and practice it whenever appropriate. When they need assistance with demos, Ian uses me to bowl it and show the release methods etc. Who knows . . .first ball of the tournament . . . Butterfly Ball . .???

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:49 AM
Q1 You have worked with our lower order batsmen. What do you think is the main reason for our batsmen not capitalizing BPP? Can we expect to see a better performance in WC?

Answer:
Only a couple of times, as batting is not my dept.
Ask the batting coach.
Absolutely.

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:51 AM
Is there anything that give the subcontinental players, including (or particularly) Bangladeshis, some advantage over players from other parts of the world as far as fielding is concerned?

Looks like a stupid question :confused: but I'll ask anyway! :D

Answer:
Well for this tournament, we are the host nation, so you would hope that we are used to the heat, the playing surface and the crowd noise.

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:56 AM
What level of statistical analysis are the players using? When a Shakib is setting up field placings or an individual fielder is deciding how much to "walk in", are they doing this with the type of knowledge such as, "the opposition batter hits 60% of leg side full deliveries into this spot and 30% of them are in the air"?

With fielders who are not natural athletes what is your approach? "Hiding them" in the outfield or identifying redeeming attributes and up-skilling them in that area to make them specialists? For e.g. Junaed is slow but seems to be a decent close catcher.

Answer:
Without giving away tactical information . . . .we concentrate primarily on personal skill execution first, followed by tactical roles, and finally batters strengths and weakness'.

Answer:
You have hit the nail on the head. Assess and up-skill in all areas, whilst utilising individuals strengths not focussing their weakness'.

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 10:57 AM
How are you getting on with your fielding analysis software with Bangladesh National Squad ?

Answer:
Excellent, it is proving very useful thanks.

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 11:02 AM
Q. What do you think are the basic requirements to be a very good fielder? Also what do you think is more important to be a good fielder - natural athletic ability or practice and perseverence?

Thanks.

Answer:
Speed, Agility, Excellent hand to eye coordination, Complete skill arsenal, Bravery, Concentration skills, Good throwing biomechanics (to increase power, increase accuracy and reduce injury), Tactical awareness & fast decision making ability, Positive Mental attitude & huge self belief.

Both

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 11:08 AM
Q. You seem to be very fond of Tamim. You two have have seen together many times. What attributes do separate him from others ? ;)

Answer:
I think you will find the reason you see more of me with Tamim is because the television crews are interested in filming Tamim, not in filming me. So when I spend time with other players, you tend not to see it.

Blame the TV crews for only focussing on certain players in the squad. I spend equal amounts of time with all players wherever possible.:)

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 11:10 AM
How do you rate our players as a fielder? What needs to be done to rectify our weakness in fielding? Do our players capable of achieving best fielding team in the world? -------Thanks

Answer:

Excellent
Learn the skills properly
Yes

iamreza
January 29, 2011, 11:14 AM
How is the confidence level of bd player in practice?
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Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 11:34 AM
How is the confidence level of bd player in practice?
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Answer:

Confidence is good in practice. We need to make sure that carries over into the games.

Banglaguy
January 29, 2011, 12:05 PM
Thats a question for Pont I guess :)

They both thought of the idea together, as both he and Ian were baseballers.

Naimul_Hd
January 29, 2011, 02:14 PM
Excellent Q & A ! Thanks Coach for your valuable time and views. :)

mishu
January 29, 2011, 02:27 PM
I would just like to thank the coaching staff for doing a great job with this team. Keep it up and good luck for the world cup. Bring us the cup!!!

Razi
January 29, 2011, 02:46 PM
Thank you Coach for giving such friendly and insightful responses, welcome on board, may you enjoy your stay and continue to be among us.

tanvir_nus
January 29, 2011, 03:16 PM
Awesome read. I would like to congratulate Julien and Ian, I think you guys have made a very good impact and that too within a very short span of time, and we would really love to have both your service for the long run, it could do us a world of good. I feel Bangladesh team is quite agile with young legs and are getting more athletic day by day. In my opinion SAs are the most athletic team and the Australians are the most accurate as a whole. How would you compare our team to the standard other good fielding teams in the world? And also how long will it take to reach those standards?

ps: i understand if you don't answer this question, it is completely out of curiosity more than anything else. I am curious to know if there is a video analysis of other teams showing the strengths and weaknesses of players and teams from the Bangladesh team management that is shown to the players or how much of study is actually done on the opposition before we face them. Thanks for answering this question.

Dilscoop
January 29, 2011, 03:59 PM
NO WAY!! HE WAS HERE!!

Okay he defo topped Ian Pont there. :D khekhe! But 1st let me read through everything

Dilscoop
January 29, 2011, 04:16 PM
I read everything, and.... umm... we think alike! My 1st thought was "Cricket should have more stats on fielding, other then just a catch tally" and few of his posts were based on that too, how cricket should have more little fielding stats, like baseball.

I'd love to read his ans for my 2nd post, but it's only fair. He went around once to everyone. Only if I knew he was coming here earlier, I'd have asked more fun question. (eg fav baseball team! what you think of my SF Giants!! which btw I asked Pont too, but Doc Z cut me off)

btw Welcome to BC, Direct-Hit!

(Doc please change the title to - "LIVE and EXCLUSIVE Discussion with JF")

Banglaguy
January 29, 2011, 05:34 PM
Answer:
The Butterfly Ball is coming along nicely, thank you. The quicks have it in their locker and practice it whenever appropriate. When they need assistance with demos, Ian uses me to bowl it and show the release methods etc. Who knows . . .first ball of the tournament . . . Butterfly Ball . .???

Sorry to interrupt, but one last question...
Is there anyway you can make a left hander (say Abdur Razzak) stronger with his right, say the oppurtunity arrises he needs the right, weaker hand?

Zeeshan
January 29, 2011, 06:17 PM
Thank you coach for coming and sharing your valuable time with us and thanks for the response.

Dilscoop
January 29, 2011, 07:43 PM
They both thought of the idea together, as both he and Ian were baseballers.
Ball players, BALL PLAYERS!! Not baseballers! No such a thing!

Direct-Hit
January 29, 2011, 11:57 PM
I do not think outfield is not a hiding place. Tamim fields in the out field, and he is not a hider. Usually tall and athletic players with strong arms fields in the out-field.

That brings out my next Q. Go over the positions of our fielders. I know Junaid is a slip catcher. And I know few others, but it would be nice if you could go over them.

I know JS did a nice job of removing/keeping away the traditional "Indian culture" of field positioning - if you are the youngest/newest, you field at silly-mid on, if you are a guru, you get to aram at slips and stuff. He managed to get the true positioning into our team. 2nd openers usually fields at silly -mid on. 1st or 3rd fields at slips. etc etc etc. I am not an expert but I kinda know it follows some kind of certain rule with player's batting position + abiltiy. idk if we did follow those before, never really payed attention. But now that I do, I see it.)

Answer:
OK, here we go . . .
Outfield is definitely not a hiding place for weak fielders, in fact in todays cricket, there is actually no hiding place. No matter where you are positioned you will be expected to be able to: Sprint, ball handle & throw. How good a fielder you are will be determined by your visual skills, your information processing skills, your hand eye coordination skills, your tactical awareness and your bravery (also read here stupidity as balls are hard !:))

Without giving our tactical secrets away I will answer that we have a team within a team so to speak. Our very own SAS (or RAB if ou live here in Bangladesh !). They are our key fielders who demonstrate a higher level of skill / ability and who have bee tasked with certain assignments.

Regarding your assessment of batting v fielding, your are extremely accurate. Try to identify what skills and attributes make a player suitable for batting 1-4 ?

Excellent visual skills (to track a fast bowled ball)
Quick feet / excellent agility (to help position the player in order to play the ball)
Bravery (in order to actually go out and face 95mph)
Vision / hand eye coordination mix (to deal with a deviating ball)


Now make the same list for a slip fielder . . . . . You get the point right !

Interesting, you mention the Indian culture of migrating toward slip the older more senior you become....I dont think that is particularly Indian, I think it has been cricket in general. Senior players want to do less running around; however as mentioned previously there are no hiding places in todays cricket so even slips have to be active, not passive.

Finally, I need to stress that the players are only human, so if they make mistakes and you dump scorn on them, they too feel unhappy. Imagine if your boss just shouted at you for making mistakes without helping you actually rectify them??? I try to ensure that the players can take an armoury full of skills out onto the pitch, so that whatever situation arises, they have an answer for it.

Direct-Hit
January 30, 2011, 12:03 AM
Sorry to interrupt, but one last question...
Is there anyway you can make a left hander (say Abdur Razzak) stronger with his right, say the oppurtunity arrises he needs the right, weaker hand?

Answer:
Just to clarify, are you asking about fielding or bowling?
If its fielding, then I already have that covered as a big part of my training program S.P.A.C.E (Safety, Power, Accuracy, Control, Excelllence) involves ambidexterous training, so I will make all the guys firstly understand the full body mechanics of the catch or the fielding, then we will catch balls at all compass points (North, South East & West) with first one hand then the other, then both. This ensures that they can FEEL the catch, not simply put hands out vaguely.

Dilscoop
January 30, 2011, 12:07 AM
Here we go! This is live! http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/images/BanglaCricket/statusicon/user_online.gif

Thank you for that information (#64). So now we all know cricket fielding position for certain players aren't just random, at least not in this modern era.

So back to that more detailed fielding stats for cricket. What else would you add to, lets say Cricinfo player's stats, under their fielding stats? (besides whatever they have at the moment)

shafayeen
January 30, 2011, 12:12 AM
My question:

Was naeem's wonderful decisive direct throw from the outfield in Bangladesh vs Newzeland 3rd (4th?) ODI, something our players really practise? Or was it luck?

Cause i remember there was another direct hit from the outfield in the same series.

shafayeen
January 30, 2011, 12:15 AM
We have Coach Fountain here with us.....!!

1 more question: God forbid, but if mushy gets injured and cant keep, will zunaed be our replacement, or will we get jaharul from the back up?

Direct-Hit
January 30, 2011, 12:17 AM
I read everything, and.... umm... we think alike! My 1st thought was "Cricket should have more stats on fielding, other then just a catch tally" and few of his posts were based on that too, how cricket should have more little fielding stats, like baseball.

I'd love to read his ans for my 2nd post, but it's only fair. He went around once to everyone. Only if I knew he was coming here earlier, I'd have asked more fun question. (eg fav baseball team! what you think of my SF Giants!! which btw I asked Pont too, but Doc Z cut me off)

btw Welcome to BC, Direct-Hit!

(Doc please change the title to - "LIVE and EXCLUSIVE Discussion with JF")

Answer:
I too like the Giants, & I actually use some footage of Tim Lincecum in my presentations on throwing mechanics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGDlwhITEp8
but I must confess to being a Royals fan mainly because I had my first pro tryout with them in Florida 20 years ago !

Maybe I will be able to give you an in depth look at my statistical analysis software soon ! (maybe even show some results ???)

Zunaid
January 30, 2011, 12:28 AM
Maybe I will be able to give you an in depth look at my statistical analysis software soon ! (maybe even show some results ???)

Please do! That would also help clearing fan misconceptions - for example, regarding wicket-keeper Mushfique and his keeping abilities.

Direct-Hit
January 30, 2011, 12:28 AM
My question:

Was naeem's wonderful decisive direct throw from the outfield in Bangladesh vs Newzeland 3rd (4th?) ODI, something our players really practise? Or was it luck?

Cause i remember there was another direct hit from the outfield in the same series.

Answer:
Naeem's throw was fantastic as he only had 2 stumps to hit from that angle. Just so you are aware, a Direct Hit is the best way to ensure a run-out in todays game with video replays etc. So we train the players to throw as accurately as possible with the intention of hitting from the outfield as well as the infield. If your mechanics are good then your chances of hitting from 50m + obviously go up. No comes the bad news although Naeem's technique on that occasion allowed him to hit the stumps, you need to thoroughly disect the entire event to guage good & bad. Unfortunately whilst his upper body was perfect, his lower body was not, and the only reason he got away with it was because ethe ball was bouncing 2 feet off the ground (please feel free to check the video replay; I did !) so his pickup & footwork mechanics were offset / compensated for.

If the ball had of been on the ground, the skill execution would have been a whole lot more difficult, and the result may not have been the same. Now I know the old adage of "if its not broken dont try to fix it" but I liken these situations to . . .If you see a chip in your car windscreen, you can still see through it, but one day its gonna break, then what will you do, its too late !

Direct-Hit
January 30, 2011, 12:29 AM
We have Coach Fountain here with us.....!!

1 more question: God forbid, but if mushy gets injured and cant keep, will zunaed be our replacement, or will we get jaharul from the back up?

Answer:
That is a question for the selectors / JS

Zeeshan
January 30, 2011, 12:32 AM
I was watching a game where the commentator mentioned Neil Broom of NZ took judo/aikido when young. And they were discussing it after a really good fielding by him...btw do you remember that game?... Do you think the 'bounce back flexibility' of martial arts may help good fielders?

Edit: Or what other genre of sports may produce good cricket fielders that's where I am trying to go at. ;)

Direct-Hit
January 30, 2011, 12:39 AM
I was watching a game where the commentator mentioned Neil Broom of NZ took judo/aikido when young. And they were discussing it after a really good fielding by him...btw do you remember that game?... Do you think the 'bounce back flexibility' of martial arts may help good fielders?

Answer:
Firstly, dont remember the exact game but . . .
Absolutely, I have studied Karate,Taekwondo, Aikido and Kickboxing (this was before the days of mixed martial arts and cage fighting. Used to compete, and also used to be able to splits . . . (Shame, I would have enjoyed the MMA Cage fighting scene!):D

Zeeshan
January 30, 2011, 12:42 AM
Answer:
Firstly, dont remember the exact game but . . .
Absolutely, I have studied Karate,Taekwondo, Aikido and Kickboxing (this was before the days of mixed martial arts and cage fighting. Used to compete, and also used to be able to splits . . . (Shame, I would have enjoyed the MMA Cage fighting scene!):D

Cool! As for me I was good at the local game of shaat-chara and danguti. Doc can explain them further!

p.s. gotta jet emergency...had tons of questions... :(

Dilscoop
January 30, 2011, 12:48 AM
Answer:
I too like the Giants, & I actually use some footage of Tim Lincecum in my presentations on throwing mechanics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lGDlwhITEp8
but I must confess to being a Royals fan mainly because I had my first pro tryout with them in Florida 20 years ago !

Maybe I will be able to give you an in depth look at my statistical analysis software soon ! (maybe even show some results ???)
I just watched the whole video. Nice presentation. Timmy- The Freak and Fear-the-Beard-Wilson is our main SF attack.

It's really great how you and coach Pont have a very similar baseball history and background and all of a sudden you two came along together in the same place. I know you said Pont has the best arm in the team, me and probably many others here would love to see you two compete against each other on a pitching throw down. :smug:

Along with your software, I'd love to see you do another presentation (similar to Timmy's) on power hitting (cricket vs baseball), power building to hit big, how to throw strong and long from the rope etc. I think that will also get you many youtube hits as well.

magic boy
January 30, 2011, 12:52 AM
Direct-Hit,

Please do! That would also help clearing fan misconceptions - for example, regarding wicket-keeper Mushfique and his keeping abilities.

i echo. most of the time we blame Mushfiq by the stat that we collect while watching matches. sometime we cry out loud for another specialist wicketkeeper But he seems doing well in keeping. it would be our pleasure if you clear it :)

Jan 4 1st Match ODI Bangladesh v SL: Shafiul Islam

Jan 7 3rd Match ODI Bangladesh v Ind: Shakib al Hasan

Jan 8 4th Match ODI Bangladesh v SL: Mushfiqur Rahim

Jan 11 6th Match ODI Bangladesh v Ind: Mohammad Ashraful (Twice)

Jan 17-21 1st Test Bangladesh v Ind:Mushfiqur Rahim, Shafiul Islam, Imrul Kayes (Twice), Shahriar Nafees, Raqibul Hasan,

Jan 24-27 2nd Test Bangladesh v Ind: Raqibul Hasan

Feb 3 Only T20 Bangladesh v New Zealand: Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal

Feb 5 1st ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: Mushfiqur Rahim

Feb 8 2nd ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: None

Feb 11 3rd Bangladesh v New Zealand: ?, Mushfiqur Rahim

Feb 15-19 Only Test Bangladesh v New Zealand: Shafiul Islam (Thrice), Mahmudullah

Feb 28 1st ODI Bangladesh v England: Mushfiqur Rahim

Mar 2 2nd ODI Bangladesh v England: Mahmudullah (Twice), Mushfiqur Rahim

Mar 5 3rd ODI Bangladesh v England: Mahmudullah, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Mushfiqur Rahim

Mar 12 1st Test Bangladesh v England: Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain

Mar 20 2nd Test Bangladesh v England: Imrul Kayes, Jahurul Islam

May 1 1st T20 Bangladesh v Pakistan: Mohammad Ashraful

May 5 2nd T20 Bangladesh v Australia: Jahurul Islam

May 27-31 1st Test Bangladesh v England: Junaid Siddique

June 4-8 2nd Test Bangladesh v England: Junaid Siddique, Mushfiqur Rahim

June 16 2nd Match ODI Bangladesh v India: Tamim Iqbal

June 18 3rd Match ODI Bangladesh v Sri Lanka: None

June 21 5th Match ODI Bangladesh v Pakistan: Mashrafe Mortaza

July 8 1st ODI Bangladesh v England: None

July 10 2nd ODI Bangladesh v England: None

July 12 3rd ODI Bangladesh v England: Rubel Hossain

July 15 1st ODI Bangladesh v Ireland: Unknown

July 16 2nd ODI Bangladesh v Ireland: Unknown

July 20 Only ODI Bangladesh v Netherlands: Mahmudullah

Oct 5 1st ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: Nazmul Hossain

Oct 8 2nd ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: N/A

Oct 11 3rd ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: None

Oct 14 4th ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: Suhrawadi Shuvo

Oct 17 5th ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: Junaid Siddique (Twice), Mahmudullah

Dec 1 1st ODI Bangladesh v Zimbabwe: Mohammad Ashraful

Dec 3 2nd ODI Bangladesh v Zimbabwe: Tamim Iqbal

Dec 6 3rd ODI Bangladesh v Zimbabwe: Abdur Razzak

Dec 10 4th ODI Bangladesh v Zimbabwe: N/A

Dec 12 5th ODI Bangladesh v Zimbabwe: Suhrawadi Shuvo

here is 2010`s Dropped Catches Count (http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/showthread.php?t=32486&highlight=cathces) recorded by Banglacricket fans. Also it shows he is going well without any mistake after your inclusion to national team.:)

Direct-Hit
January 30, 2011, 01:15 AM
Direct-Hit,

i echo. most of the time we blame Mushfiq by the stat that we collect while watching matches. sometime we cry out loud for another specialist wicketkeeper But he seems doing well in keeping. it would be our pleasure if you clear it :)

Jan 4 1st Match ODI Bangladesh v SL: Shafiul Islam

Jan 7 3rd Match ODI Bangladesh v Ind: Shakib al Hasan

Jan 8 4th Match ODI Bangladesh v SL: Mushfiqur Rahim

Jan 11 6th Match ODI Bangladesh v Ind: Mohammad Ashraful (Twice)

Jan 17-21 1st Test Bangladesh v Ind:Mushfiqur Rahim, Shafiul Islam, Imrul Kayes (Twice), Shahriar Nafees, Raqibul Hasan,

Jan 24-27 2nd Test Bangladesh v Ind: Raqibul Hasan

Feb 3 Only T20 Bangladesh v New Zealand: Mahmudullah, Tamim Iqbal

Feb 5 1st ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: Mushfiqur Rahim

Feb 8 2nd ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: None

Feb 11 3rd Bangladesh v New Zealand: ?, Mushfiqur Rahim

Feb 15-19 Only Test Bangladesh v New Zealand: Shafiul Islam (Thrice), Mahmudullah

Feb 28 1st ODI Bangladesh v England: Mushfiqur Rahim

Mar 2 2nd ODI Bangladesh v England: Mahmudullah (Twice), Mushfiqur Rahim

Mar 5 3rd ODI Bangladesh v England: Mahmudullah, Suhrawadi Shuvo, Mushfiqur Rahim

Mar 12 1st Test Bangladesh v England: Mushfiqur Rahim, Rubel Hossain, Shahadat Hossain

Mar 20 2nd Test Bangladesh v England: Imrul Kayes, Jahurul Islam

May 1 1st T20 Bangladesh v Pakistan: Mohammad Ashraful

May 5 2nd T20 Bangladesh v Australia: Jahurul Islam

May 27-31 1st Test Bangladesh v England: Junaid Siddique

June 4-8 2nd Test Bangladesh v England: Junaid Siddique, Mushfiqur Rahim

June 16 2nd Match ODI Bangladesh v India: Tamim Iqbal

June 18 3rd Match ODI Bangladesh v Sri Lanka: None

June 21 5th Match ODI Bangladesh v Pakistan: Mashrafe Mortaza

July 8 1st ODI Bangladesh v England: None

July 10 2nd ODI Bangladesh v England: None

July 12 3rd ODI Bangladesh v England: Rubel Hossain

July 15 1st ODI Bangladesh v Ireland: Unknown

July 16 2nd ODI Bangladesh v Ireland: Unknown

July 20 Only ODI Bangladesh v Netherlands: Mahmudullah

Oct 5 1st ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: Nazmul Hossain

Oct 8 2nd ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: N/A

Oct 11 3rd ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: None

Oct 14 4th ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: Suhrawadi Shuvo

Oct 17 5th ODI Bangladesh v New Zealand: Junaid Siddique (Twice), Mahmudullah

Dec 1 1st ODI Bangladesh v Zimbabwe: Mohammad Ashraful

Dec 3 2nd ODI Bangladesh v Zimbabwe: Tamim Iqbal

Dec 6 3rd ODI Bangladesh v Zimbabwe: Abdur Razzak

Dec 10 4th ODI Bangladesh v Zimbabwe: N/A

Dec 12 5th ODI Bangladesh v Zimbabwe: Suhrawadi Shuvo

here is 2010`s Dropped Catches Count (http://www.banglacricket.com/alochona/showthread.php?t=32486&highlight=cathces) recorded by Banglacricket fans. Also it shows he is going well without any mistake after your inclusion to national team.:)

Answer:
Just to put you in the picture . . . .
1. If you use cricinfo ball by ball to identify catches dropped, you are, unfortunately, way off base, as the people who do the ball by ball are not Cricket Coaches, but journo's. Whilst they may have some level of cricket knowledge, their ability to identify right from wrong is somewhat questionable, especially at the pace of the game so a knee jerk reaction is put down. Also, this is contributed to by the television feed, so if Johnny Big Shoes who played umpteen tests for Australia says "Geez that was ****, my mum would have caught that", it goes down as a drop because they simply dont know better !

If you want an accurate assessment of who has dropped what, ask me !!!

2. I / We identify Catches using the traffic light system Red, Orange , Green.
Red is an extremely difficult catch where the chances of success are less than 50/50
Orange is a difficult Catch where the chances are 50/50 - 75/25
Green is Regulation, where it is 85-100 % sure of catching

Wicket keeping catches off spinners are by their very nature difficult.
The ball comes through quickly, the distance between contact and the glove impact is small. Wicket keepers are trained to follow the flight of the ball in air off the pitch. If it touches the edge and deviates off that line, it is then a matter of how far it has deviated and whether it is humanly possible for the keeper to adjust his gloves in time.

Just because it has touched the edge, does not mean it was humanly possibly to get hold of it. Sometimes all a keeper can do is knock it up with the first contact and try to catch the rebound.

Rememebr my motto: Deal in fact, not Fiction for Fielding !

Zeeshan
January 30, 2011, 01:17 AM
Coach, who's in your list of all time 10 best fielders? Hammond and Jonty in it?

Edit: And Collingwood!

Zeeshan
January 30, 2011, 01:21 AM
Also what kind of equipments are used for fielding? A primitive one I used was a 'moon' ball with uneven "bit of" surfaces and then went under some trees and threw it up and as it landed ricocheting off different branches not only it's hard to catch but if it drops on floor you can't pick it up. Comments?

:)

Zeeshan
January 30, 2011, 01:27 AM
Coach, who's in your list of all time 10 best fielders? Hammond and Jonty in it?

Edit: And Collingwood!

Agree with Nasser's choice?

http://www.theindependentbd.com/sports/sports-cricket/22710-pont-named-as-worlds-best-cover-fielder.html

cricman
January 30, 2011, 01:34 AM
This is quite the surprise

Coach, I've noticed watching other non subcontinental sides have a Physical Approach to Fielding, perhaps from the Rugby/Baseball Backgrounds. Sides like South Africa and Australia, I feel give a much better effort in terms of diving (ground fielding) and going airborune (Catches). Where as Bangladesh, we'll see a fielder go stick out their right foot half the time to stop the ball or will let 50/50 balls drop instead of going all out and trying to make the catch.

Is it a mental approach from the fielders for not wanting to get their jersey dirty or perhaps afraid of Injury

EDIT: Looks like I missed out, thanks Coach

Dilscoop
January 30, 2011, 01:46 AM
Off Line...

Magic_Boy!! :waiting::waiting:

al Furqaan
January 30, 2011, 01:46 AM
awesome to have the coach here...best wishes coach, personally and professional, and many thanks.

bujhee kom
January 30, 2011, 01:47 AM
Answer:

I am fine (thanks for asking)
I really like Bangladesh and have not met people as passionate about cricket as you anywhere else in the world.
I love curry, so am in heaven at the moment.:smug:

Ooohhhh my dearest coach Fountain, is it really you??!! Oh my goodness, I can't believe it, I swear I can not believe my eys, coach is it really you, you answered my question, I am getting very emotional right now...it is 2 in the morning in New York, wait til I wake my wife up!I will wake the whole neighbourhood!! And I will I am talking the Specialist Fielding coach of the Bangladesh National Team, the Tigers, Oh my dear Allah, she won't believe it!! You are a Legend Couch Fountain!

Oohh coach please if you don't mind, I am a 40 year old married man and I am a bit over-weight, and I can't stop eating fatty food, I love rich fatty food, my wife worries I will die one day all of a sudden...Dear coach please give me some tips what to do, I am very weak and lazy. Thank you sir.

Dear Coach just to say I am big fan of yours and your technique and method of training and operation. I just wanted to send you my heart-felt salaam and greetings. And when I come to Dhaka or you in New York I will take to the finest curry and Kabab, ohh you will love it chief!!

Best wishes to you Coach Fountain and to the Tigers!
Go Bangladesh! :flag:

Dilscoop
January 30, 2011, 01:59 AM
oh Classic BK

BANFAN
January 30, 2011, 02:34 AM
Thanks coach for answering so many questions. It has been a pleasure reading those. Wish you could comeback to this thread time to time for your opinions. Specially at some important stages of World Cup. That would be a great previledge for us.

I feel confident of the world cup, our boyz are in competent hands.

Miraz
January 30, 2011, 05:31 AM
Missed the show completely due to a prior commitment. I hope Julien will come back to answer few more questions.

I have couple of questions -

1. Do you think a coach should be judged based on results in terms of win/loss?

2. How do you rate individual performances when the team is losing matches? Do you count it as significant improvement?

Thanks.

It was great to have you here. Hope to meet you in person soon.

shakibrulz
January 30, 2011, 06:20 AM
Wow, great to have you here Julien!

@Rahim's keeping - I might be wrong but don't you think a guy with better natural ability (reflex etc), could do better? Like say someone like Jahurul Islam (not sure if you've seen him in action).

shakibrulz
January 30, 2011, 06:21 AM
Late to the party, am I?

Banglaguy
January 30, 2011, 06:46 AM
Answer:
Just to clarify, are you asking about fielding or bowling?
If its fielding, then I already have that covered as a big part of my training program S.P.A.C.E (Safety, Power, Accuracy, Control, Excelllence) involves ambidexterous training, so I will make all the guys firstly understand the full body mechanics of the catch or the fielding, then we will catch balls at all compass points (North, South East & West) with first one hand then the other, then both. This ensures that they can FEEL the catch, not simply put hands out vaguely.

It is feilding i.e. when there is a run out oppurtinity, but the ball is in the weaker hand?
And who do you think is a better feilder, Naeem Islam, Roqibul hasan, or Suhrawadi Shuvo?

firstlane
January 30, 2011, 10:01 AM
Answer:
Just to clarify, are you asking about fielding or bowling?
If its fielding, then I already have that covered as a big part of my training program S.P.A.C.E (Safety, Power, Accuracy, Control, Excelllence) involves ambidexterous training, so I will make all the guys firstly understand the full body mechanics of the catch or the fielding, then we will catch balls at all compass points (North, South East & West) with first one hand then the other, then both. This ensures that they can FEEL the catch, not simply put hands out vaguely.

Fascinating. Thanks coach. I could never learn this things reading the sport section of a newspaper.
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MarufH
January 30, 2011, 10:20 AM
Thank you coach. It was a great read. Love your attitude. Often we hear coaches looking for excuses before the game start. I hope you can rub some of that attitude into our players head.

I dearly hope BCB extends you and Ponts contract. We need you guys!

Question: Many times, run-out chances are missed because no one is backing the ball. For example, bowlers do not stand behind the stamp to back the ball. As a result, we do not only miss the run out chances, we also concede extra runs. What are you doing to solve this issue?

Thanks much sir! We welcome you to BC wholeheartedly. Bujhikoms emotion is mere reflection of how popular you are in BC. Come visit us whenever you want some fans insight or just simply to kill some time.

AsifTheManRahman
January 30, 2011, 11:21 AM
Fascinating. Thanks coach. I could never learn this things reading the sport section of a newspaper.
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It's great to hear about some of the technical aspects of coaching straight from the horse's mouth. This is the kind of information that we as fans hardly ever get exposed to.
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ahnaf
January 30, 2011, 12:18 PM
Wawo! I just cant believe this! Our coach is now with us!! By the way.. Thanks a lot for giving us time.. I learned a lot of new things..:)
Q) Will u tell us the best 3 fielder of our team?

Tendulkar_Mcgrath
January 30, 2011, 12:28 PM
My Dear Coach,
I really appreciate what you did so far. I on behalf of all Bangladeshi thank you so much. You are right, there is nowhere like us who are as passionate about cricket. I have question to you too.

picking up ball and throwing ball to right end is "cruical time factor" where one can save fraction of seconds and by doing that he can save run also can cause run-out. So have you introduced some new techniques to dvelop that?

I have another quesion . I dont know its your department or not ! Are you working on players reflex attitude, it is important for batting , bowling, fielding. I have seen many fielders who start run before the ball is hit, based on the the direction of waving of batsman bat. and what's about batsman reflex to play bounce ball? and bowlers reflex catch on their bowling?

thank you sir again
with regards

A true Bangladeshi, A true Cricket fan,

Tiger-ess
January 30, 2011, 12:52 PM
WOOOOOOOWW this is sooooo coooooooooool ! :o

Ok now that I've composed myself, can I just say -Thank you so much BanglaCricket staff for organising this and ofcourse Mr Fontain for your time. Really enjoyed reading through the answers as it gave a more analytical insight to your work with the tigers. Very promising the say the least.:clap:

Tiger-ess
January 30, 2011, 12:55 PM
Wawo! I just cant believe this! Our coach is now with us!! By the way.. Thanks a lot for giving us time.. I learned a lot of new things..:)
Q) Will u tell us the best 3 fielder of our team?
And the 3 wrorst fielder of our team?
Note: if you only want to ans..

They are the team's tactical information which must be protected. So I dont think coach can answer you dearest ahnaf bhai.

ahnaf
January 30, 2011, 12:58 PM
They are the team's tactical information which must be protected. So I dont think coach can answer you dearest ahnaf bhai.

bhai.. I also think so..but lets see what he say..: D

Tiger-ess
January 30, 2011, 01:13 PM
bhai.. I also think so..but lets see what he say..: D

If you know then why would you ask such a question, considering it could be potentially damaging for our team and our WC run??

Wakidul
January 30, 2011, 01:21 PM
What an honour its been to have you here Mr Fountain. I appreciate along with others i am sure the time that you have given to answer some of our queries. It's nice to know from you that you appreciate our support by recognising our passion for this beautiful game.

Best of luck to you and the rest of the team for this major competition and I hope to hear from you sometime in the near future, perhaps after having two palms on the trophy :).

ahnaf
January 30, 2011, 01:23 PM
If you know then why would you ask such a question, considering it could be potentially damaging for our team and our WC run??

okk..bhai.. Sorry for that.. I didnt think this way.. Now i've changed my question.. May be thats ok i think..

Alchemist
January 30, 2011, 06:06 PM
Missed the party completely.

Good to know that our boys are in capable hands. Thanks Julien for the discussion and Zunaid boss for organizing this!

Zeeshan
January 30, 2011, 10:55 PM
Coach is here!
Coach is here! :)

Bancan
January 30, 2011, 10:56 PM
What is your favorite drink?

Zeeshan
January 30, 2011, 10:58 PM
Not to inundate with questions, but curious how is your Bangla coming? :)

Direct-Hit
January 30, 2011, 11:05 PM
Agree with Nasser's choice?

http://www.theindependentbd.com/sports/sports-cricket/22710-pont-named-as-worlds-best-cover-fielder.html

Answer;
Pieces like this are not really written factually, more as a piece of entertainment for fans. This is "His Opinion" and will be based on "His Recollection of Cricketing Moments" and should be viewed as such; fun.

As I have previously mentioned, Cricket is the only sport where 1/3 of the game (and its actually a big 1/3 if thats possible?) is not fully itemised statistically. Can you think of any other professional sport where Professional athletes are selected with virtually no data available for an area of the game which they spend 50% of their time doing ???

That is why I keep stats. Fact not Fiction, or hearsay or opinion, just FACT !

Zeeshan
January 30, 2011, 11:14 PM
Answer;
Pieces like this are not really written factually, more as a piece of entertainment for fans. This is "His Opinion" and will be based on "His Recollection of Cricketing Moments" and should be viewed as such; fun.

As I have previously mentioned, Cricket is the only sport where 1/3 of the game (and its actually a big 1/3 if thats possible?) is not fully itemised statistically. Can you think of any other professional sport where Professional athletes are selected with virtually no data available for an area of the game which they spend 50% of their time doing ???

That is why I keep stats. Fact not Fiction, or hearsay or opinion, just FACT !

Thank you. :)

Speaking stats, our BC member Al-Furqaan is a stat junkie. I will be looking out for his inquiries...

Direct-Hit
January 30, 2011, 11:15 PM
This is quite the surprise

Coach, I've noticed watching other non subcontinental sides have a Physical Approach to Fielding, perhaps from the Rugby/Baseball Backgrounds. Sides like South Africa and Australia, I feel give a much better effort in terms of diving (ground fielding) and going airborune (Catches). Where as Bangladesh, we'll see a fielder go stick out their right foot half the time to stop the ball or will let 50/50 balls drop instead of going all out and trying to make the catch.

Is it a mental approach from the fielders for not wanting to get their jersey dirty or perhaps afraid of Injury

EDIT: Looks like I missed out, thanks Coach

Answer:
Let me just interject . . . . Yes cricket teams from rugby playing nations are happier landing on the ground, because they will have done this as kids playing rugby. However, if a subcontinent player is taught HOW to hit the ground safely and effectively, they will at least start to try it.

Re the foot thing . . . . I can gaurantee you that nobody stopped a ball with their foot in the last 2 series (in moments where the batters where running) by my count we had 5 occasions in 2 series of foot use and all were when the ball was as good as dead. (Remember I stat every ball)

Fear of failure causes people to back off from a challenge. You can only reduce that fear of failure with lots of positive encouragement, and the right technique (which has to come from the coach) Simply shouting "Geez you're ****" and hitting more balls twice as hard, is an Old school, Knee jerk and in my opinion terrible coaching method as it just means you (the coach) dont really know what you are doing !

Direct-Hit
January 30, 2011, 11:17 PM
Ooohhhh my dearest coach Fountain, is it really you??!! Oh my goodness, I can't believe it, I swear I can not believe my eys, coach is it really you, you answered my question, I am getting very emotional right now...it is 2 in the morning in New York, wait til I wake my wife up!I will wake the whole neighbourhood!! And I will I am talking the Specialist Fielding coach of the Bangladesh National Team, the Tigers, Oh my dear Allah, she won't believe it!! You are a Legend Couch Fountain!

Oohh coach please if you don't mind, I am a 40 year old married man and I am a bit over-weight, and I can't stop eating fatty food, I love rich fatty food, my wife worries I will die one day all of a sudden...Dear coach please give me some tips what to do, I am very weak and lazy. Thank you sir.

Dear Coach just to say I am big fan of yours and your technique and method of training and operation. I just wanted to send you my heart-felt salaam and greetings. And when I come to Dhaka or you in New York I will take to the finest curry and Kabab, ohh you will love it chief!!

Best wishes to you Coach Fountain and to the Tigers!
Go Bangladesh! :flag:

Answer:
I look forward to it (I think !)

AsifTheManRahman
January 30, 2011, 11:20 PM
Fear of failure causes people to back off from a challenge. You can only reduce that fear of failure with lots of positive encouragement
On that note, how tough are our players mentally? Let's say, compared to those in other Test nations? Do they require more encouragement than some of the more successful teams? Do they lack in confidence?

Direct-Hit
January 30, 2011, 11:27 PM
Missed the show completely due to a prior commitment. I hope Julien will come back to answer few more questions.

I have couple of questions -

1. Do you think a coach should be judged based on results in terms of win/loss?

2. How do you rate individual performances when the team is losing matches? Do you count it as significant improvement?

Thanks.

It was great to have you here. Hope to meet you in person soon.

Answer:
Yes, but there are some hefty proviso's . . .
Head Coach's are by definition in charge so whether the team wins or loses is ultimately down to them. However, take into account the following:
* Have they been given all the assistance they required from the guys in the suits?
*Have the players bought into the Coaches philosophy?
*What was the starting point?

If the team has lost 95% of games, then for them to be only losing 75% is an improvement, yes / no ? Its not a high % but its an improvement none the less.

Specialist Coaches have an extra proviso in addition to the ones above in that they also have to have been allowed to do their role by the Head Coach without argument or interjection. If not then the product they are creating (their unit) has been tainted by outside sources so it is slightly unreasonable to judge them solely on that. It is like asking a student to write an essay on a topic, but insist that he follows a certain method, then mark accordingly. Ultimately this is not his true essay. Statistics will ultimately show a specialist area in more detail.

munnabhai
January 30, 2011, 11:57 PM
Dear Coach,

Thanks for making time out of your busy schedule and answering all our questions. It was a great pleasure reading your posts. I just have one question, how are our boys coping with the fielding drills? Are they motivated enough for the world cup? From your point of view, how far do you think we will go this world cup?

Wishing you and the Tigers the best of luck for the world cup.

Thanks once again

roman
January 31, 2011, 12:10 AM
Hello Coach,
Thank you for being with us.

What is your favorite place in Dhaka? What do you do in your spare time? And lastly when you go back to England what will you miss about Bangladesh?

Thank You

Leg_Stump
January 31, 2011, 12:16 AM
Hello coach , a very warm welcome to you in BC. I would like to ask you something on our boys' WC preparation:

1. Usually, how long our boys spend on fielding training of total training schedule per day?

2. What is your rational point of view regarding our boys' success in the upcoming WC , considering the fact that they ,now, are really working hard in the training session and they are very confident ahead of the WC, given that, they won the last two consecutive series pretty comprehensively ?

Thank you Sir. Hope you enjoy staying in Dhaka.

Miraz
January 31, 2011, 12:23 AM
Many thanks Julien for your answer.

I completely agree with you that it's the head coach who should be held accountable for team performances in terms of win/loss. Specialist coaches should be judged based on the improvments in the specific areas they are working on.

Thanks again.

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 03:07 AM
Wow, great to have you here Julien!

@Rahim's keeping - I might be wrong but don't you think a guy with better natural ability (reflex etc), could do better? Like say someone like Jahurul Islam (not sure if you've seen him in action).

Answer:
Each time I have worked with Jahrul he has impressed me with his performance both as a fielder and as a keeper. As far as selection goes, spk to selectors & JS

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 03:08 AM
Late to the party, am I?

Answer:
The party is just getting started !:lol:

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 03:12 AM
It is feilding i.e. when there is a run out oppurtinity, but the ball is in the weaker hand?
And who do you think is a better feilder, Naeem Islam, Roqibul hasan, or Suhrawadi Shuvo?

Answer:

"I already have that covered as we do a lot of ambidexterous (Left & Right handed) drills"

All 3 are in our "Rapid Action Battalion";)

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 03:27 AM
My Dear Coach,
I really appreciate what you did so far. I on behalf of all Bangladeshi thank you so much. You are right, there is nowhere like us who are as passionate about cricket. I have question to you too.

picking up ball and throwing ball to right end is "cruical time factor" where one can save fraction of seconds and by doing that he can save run also can cause run-out. So have you introduced some new techniques to dvelop that?

I have another quesion . I dont know its your department or not ! Are you working on players reflex attitude, it is important for batting , bowling, fielding. I have seen many fielders who start run before the ball is hit, based on the the direction of waving of batsman bat. and what's about batsman reflex to play bounce ball? and bowlers reflex catch on their bowling?

thank you sir again
with regards

A true Bangladeshi, A true Cricket fan,

Answer:
The key to fielding is:
* see the ball as early as possible
*React to the direction as quickly as possible
*Cover any ground between you and the ball as quickly as possible
*Pickup / catch the ball without any fumble
*If a throw has to be made, make it using the best biomechanics possible (all the rubbish spoken about getting the ball in the air deters batters is piffle) Each throw has to be perfectly accurate and easy to handle. If it is a run-out opportunity (keep in mind there are very few genuine chances) then let it go at Maximal (100% effort)

Luckily for Bangladesh, I am the only person in the world who teaches a particular approach & pickup, so the guys have had to re learn some basic skills, but the outcome is a more fluid, better timed, more powerful, more accurate, less injurious throw. Go figure why the rest of the world follows "The Australian Way" :hairpull:--- My thoughts do it because it is correct, not because the person saying it has a connection to a formerly excellent fielding country.

Reflex Attitude . . .. I take it you mean quick relfexes ?
Well, people are born with these, but you can improve what there is naturally, which is what I try to do daily. However be very careful when you start talking about fielders running before the ball is hit as you simply do not know exactly where the ball will be until it has left the bat. You can make some judgements based on previous experience (otherwise called ANTICIPATION), or on how the batter is playing a particular bowler, but at the end of the day you have to SEE THE BALL FIRST then move. Your primary tool is EYES + BRAIN so if your eyes are moving because you are moving, then your efficiency level drops dramatically. Why do you think outfielders get caught out with balls over their heads . . . .Exactly this reason, move too quick, before a proper assessment has been made !

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 03:32 AM
They are the team's tactical information which must be protected. So I dont think coach can answer you dearest ahnaf bhai.

Answer:

I am happy to tell the world that our SAS or RAB is made up at this point (but changing each day as other people step up) Roqibul, Rihyad, Shuvo, Naeem.

India and all those teams have still got to hit it into areas where these guys are not (oh and dont forget that other players are also in other specific positions for exactly the same reason, so out of the frying pan into the fire old bean !!!)

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 03:35 AM
What is your favorite drink?

Answer:
Having lived for quite a while in the Caribbean I would have to say coconut water (maybe with a dash of a sugar cane based liquid in it !)

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 03:36 AM
Not to inundate with questions, but curious how is your Bangla coming? :)

Answer:
Co Bhalo, donnebad (apologies for spelling)

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 03:41 AM
Hello Coach,
Thank you for being with us.

What is your favorite place in Dhaka? What do you do in your spare time? And lastly when you go back to England what will you miss about Bangladesh?

Thank You

Answer:
1. Any of the markets as they are crazy mad !
2. Think about getting fit
3. Everybody & everything (people, weather, food, etc etc etc):big_hug:

Niceman70
January 31, 2011, 03:45 AM
Thank you Coach!

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 03:46 AM
Hello coach , a very warm welcome to you in BC. I would like to ask you something on our boys' WC preparation:

1. Usually, how long our boys spend on fielding training of total training schedule per day?

2. What is your rational point of view regarding our boys' success in the upcoming WC , considering the fact that they ,now, are really working hard in the training session and they are very confident ahead of the WC, given that, they won the last two consecutive series pretty comprehensively ?

Thank you Sir. Hope you enjoy staying in Dhaka.

Answer:
1. It varies from day to day depending on time, facility and schedule, however I push very hard to see everybody as often as possible and for a s long as time allows.

2. My Rational Point of view is . . .The world cup is here in Bangladesh and this will be our best chance at winning it, possibly for a while, especially if it does not come back to subcontinent soon. These boys are the only people who can actually do it as they are out on the field. They have to believe in themselves but be prepared to work harder than ever before, be braver than ever before and then with a little help from above, who knows what might happen.

rimon88
January 31, 2011, 04:29 AM
Coach, a hearty welcome to BC and thank you for sharing with us all the insight of our team tigers.


Is there a system in place with our team to evaluate the batsmen from other World Cup teams to put the right fielding positions in line with our bowlers bowling actions to exploit the weakness of each particular batsman?


On a broader note, are you training or planning any program to assist future and upcoming Bangladeshi cricketers. And is there a scope with your contract with BCB to train some local coaches. If not would you personally initiate a training program to keep the Julien Fountain legacy growing?

amar11432
January 31, 2011, 05:45 AM
This was such a treat! Thank you coach.
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firstlane
January 31, 2011, 06:20 AM
Answer:
Each time I have worked with Jahrul he has impressed me with his performance both as a fielder and as a keeper. As far as selection goes, spk to selectors & JS

Thats a big compliment for a guy trying to establisment himself in the team. And as for us, the fans good to know there is a capable back up player waiting in the pipeline.

riankhan
January 31, 2011, 07:53 AM
I had hundreds of questions. But had to cut it off :)

Question: Do you have any funny experience in Bangladesh (on/off the field)? Care to share? Please also share few other funny moments from your long Coaching career.

Thank you in advance for your valuable time.

samlove0
January 31, 2011, 08:31 AM
First afall i would like to thank the Banglacricket team Who ever r providing these kind of facilities. As a fan i m waiting to see the improvement in the current team and waiting for the world cup begins..

samlove0
January 31, 2011, 08:41 AM
Sir Do reply to my message..

1.Are there any particualarly planning to get the top players out and the field setting depend on their weekness.?? like in our group we have top best teams such as like INDIA. South Africa They have world class players. We Know How Shewag n gautam give the start and in the end yusuf pathan n yuraj singh n dhoni plays.. so my Question is Are We are planning to Trap and get dem out before they get settle..

2. PowerPlay's : We have seen in recent ODI's of every Team.. They are now loosing wickets in powerplay and score on the powerplays arnt satisfactory.. We Dint have any Big hitters as even mash is out of the team. are there any such plan's wid our batsmans and tailender.??

3. Dew Factor plays and important factor.. SO What Are the plans to make bowlers to bowl good in slog overs and fielders atleast save 20 to 30 runs in a match.?????????

Tiger Manc
January 31, 2011, 09:19 AM
Thanks Coach for answering the questions. Warm welcome to you and I hope you stay with the Tigers for a long time.

1) I was going to ask you who saves the most runs in the outfield. My opinion is that it's Suhrawadi Shuvo, but I suppose this would be giving away tactical information. Maybe you could PM me the answer perhaps?

2) So my 2nd question is how do you find Chittagong and what do you like the most?

Tiger Manc
January 31, 2011, 09:22 AM
Ooohhhh my dearest coach Fountain, is it really you??!! Oh my goodness, I can't believe it, I swear I can not believe my eys, coach is it really you, you answered my question, I am getting very emotional right now...it is 2 in the morning in New York, wait til I wake my wife up!I will wake the whole neighbourhood!! And I will I am talking the Specialist Fielding coach of the Bangladesh National Team, the Tigers, Oh my dear Allah, she won't believe it!! You are a Legend Couch Fountain!

Oohh coach please if you don't mind, I am a 40 year old married man and I am a bit over-weight, and I can't stop eating fatty food, I love rich fatty food, my wife worries I will die one day all of a sudden...Dear coach please give me some tips what to do, I am very weak and lazy. Thank you sir.

Dear Coach just to say I am big fan of yours and your technique and method of training and operation. I just wanted to send you my heart-felt salaam and greetings. And when I come to Dhaka or you in New York I will take to the finest curry and Kabab, ohh you will love it chief!!

Best wishes to you Coach Fountain and to the Tigers!
Go Bangladesh! :flag:

:floor::floor::floor:

mehedi
January 31, 2011, 09:27 AM
Its nice to have you here(banglacricket) and in Bangladesh

Questions: Are you happy to work along with Jamie Siddons and Ian Ponts?

Are you happy with all the facilities provided by BCB? ( i.e. bowling machines, electronic equipments).

roman
January 31, 2011, 09:36 AM
Banglacricket...You are great.:big_hug:

shakibrulz
January 31, 2011, 10:19 AM
Answer:
Each time I have worked with Jahrul he has impressed me with his performance both as a fielder and as a keeper. As far as selection goes, spk to selectors & JS
Great, thought so. Thanks a lot Julien!

Haven't planned on letting you alone, my next set of Qs: :-p
1. How do you compare your experience of working with Pakistan and Bangladesh? Which team has more naturally gifted fielders? And who did you enjoy working more with? (though it may be a bit early)

2. This may be a bit below the belt, but you did seem a bit arrogant while you said (or reportedly said) "I really don't think we are looking at them as though they are dangerous." pre that Zimbabwe match which BD lost. Don't you think that was a bit offensive? Or were you quoted out of context (which happens often btw) and made to sound arrogant?

3. Is it purely head coach or do you have any say in the fielding tactics employed during a match?

Banglaguy
January 31, 2011, 10:55 AM
What do you think about Junaid Siddique's feilding? It was two drop catches against New Zealand... Made the job harder than it had to be.

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 11:24 AM
Coach, a hearty welcome to BC and thank you for sharing with us all the insight of our team tigers.

Is there a system in place with our team to evaluate the batsmen from other World Cup teams to put the right fielding positions in line with our bowlers bowling actions to exploit the weakness of each particular batsman?

On a broader note, are you training or planning any program to assist future and upcoming Bangladeshi cricketers. And is there a scope with your contract with BCB to train some local coaches. If not would you personally initiate a training program to keep the Julien Fountain legacy growing?

Answer:
We use similar methods to most countries, i.e. we take whatever footage from whatever source we can, usually televised games & games which have been "Logged" by an analyst. This footage is then chopped into bite size packages for each player by our analyst and the packages are reviewed and tactical notes taken. These are then used to form a game plan. It does depend upon an individuals ability, whether or not this method is appropriate as you can describe an opposition players weakness all you like but if the bowler cannot bowl the corresponding delivery then whats the use !

I did do some sessions with local coaches, but in all honesty it needs a lot more than a couple of sessions to put BC on the right road. You are only as strong as your domestic structure.

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 11:32 AM
What do you think about Junaid Siddique's feilding? It was two drop catches against New Zealand... Made the job harder than it had to be.

Answer:
I am getting a little tired of hearing how Junaid Siddique cannot field, or junaid Siddique cannot catch. He has a couple of areas he needs to work on, however so do the rest of the team; if you asked me who i would rely on on to catch a ball, especially at slip or in the infield it would be Junaid.

I am afraid this question falls into the category which I spoke about a couple of days ago. . . . . If you are a true Bangladesh Cricket Fan, the these 15 guys need 100% positive support and absolutely NO NEGATIVE COMMENTS. Real fans only say positive things about this squad, because these are the selected few, whether or not you agree with the names on the list, thats the list. These guys are only human, and humans feel negativity.

Support us positively or go home !

Banglaguy
January 31, 2011, 11:41 AM
Answer:
I am getting a little tired of hearing how Junaid Siddique cannot field, or junaid Siddique cannot catch. He has a couple of areas he needs to work on, however so do the rest of the team; if you asked me who i would rely on on to catch a ball, especially at slip or in the infield it would be Junaid.

I am afraid this question falls into the category which I spoke about a couple of days ago. . . . . If you are a true Bangladesh Cricket Fan, the these 15 guys need 100% positive support and absolutely NO NEGATIVE COMMENTS. Real fans only say positive things about this squad, because these are the selected few, whether or not you agree with the names on the list, thats the list. These guys are only human, and humans feel negativity.

Support us positively or go home !

I would die for them. I waited until that england win, watching every match for bangladesh to win. When we lost, I said next time. Junaid's batting is amazzing in my book, his flick shot is beautiful to watch.
I was just wondering my friend, what is the chances of a direct hit actually being run out rather than a wicket keeper pick up?

Nadim
January 31, 2011, 11:42 AM
JF for president? Shall we make it?:P


thanks Sir JF for your dedication to Bangladeshi cricket fans:notworthy:
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Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 11:44 AM
Great, thought so. Thanks a lot Julien!

Haven't planned on letting you alone, my next set of Qs: :-p
1. How do you compare your experience of working with Pakistan and Bangladesh? Which team has more naturally gifted fielders? And who did you enjoy working more with? (though it may be a bit early)

2. This may be a bit below the belt, but you did seem a bit arrogant while you said (or reportedly said) "I really don't think we are looking at them as though they are dangerous." pre that Zimbabwe match which BD lost. Don't you think that was a bit offensive? Or were you quoted out of context (which happens often btw) and made to sound arrogant?

3. Is it purely head coach or do you have any say in the fielding tactics employed during a match?

Answer:
1. My experience with Pakistan was great, but then so was my time with West Indies
so its hard to say. I think having spent time actually in Pakistan, allowed me to be better prepared for coming out to Bangladesh, although in all honesty the two countries are very different. As far as naturally gifted fielders . . . .. I think the Green & Red have it . .. but then again I am now biased !

2. Regarding my comments . . . What I actually meant was, we are concentrating on perfecting our own skills, not worrying about what the opposition do. (Control the controllables is the sport psych catchphrase) As you cannot control how good the bowler is, but you can control how you approach your own innings and batting technique etc
As for the headline Zim should be scared, what i actually said was in response to the comment Do you think Zimbabwe should be scared ??? "MMMMM, yes I think they probably should be, as we are coming off a great series victory, playing on our wickets, with our fans at home, yes i think they probably should be a little scared"

Depending on where you choose to start or finish the quote, it reads either way.

3. No I get a say in fielding tactics, in fact am currently writing some notes as we speak.

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 11:48 AM
I would die for them. I waited until that england win, watching every match for bangladesh to win. When we lost, I said next time. Junaid's batting is amazzing in my book, his flick shot is beautiful to watch.
I was just wondering my friend, what is the chances of a direct hit actually being run out rather than a wicket keeper pick up?

Answer:
Direct-Hit every time as its all about the clock ticking !
Your target changes depending upon if there is a man at the stumps or not..... Nobody there - Base of middle stump, or if somebody there - Top 1/3 of Middle stump (so if you miss its still right in the zone.)

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 11:51 AM
Its nice to have you here(banglacricket) and in Bangladesh

Questions: Are you happy to work along with Jamie Siddons and Ian Ponts?

Are you happy with all the facilities provided by BCB? ( i.e. bowling machines, electronic equipments).

Answer:
Yes & You can always have more balls, better net facilities, better machines, etc. We work as best we can with what we are given.

Banglaguy
January 31, 2011, 11:54 AM
Answer:
Direct-Hit every time as its all about the clock ticking !
Your target changes depending upon if there is a man at the stumps or not..... Nobody there - Base of middle stump, or if somebody there - Top 1/3 of Middle stump (so if you miss its still right in the zone.)

Your a good coach, and it looks like you have a good head on your shoulders :)
sorry I'm asking so many questions, it's just, I still cant beleive I'm talking to someone like you!
Have you spotted any great feilders in the domestic games?
Where is shakib's feilding strong point?
Have you been to Cox Bazaar?

yours truly,
Your number one fan...
Banglaguy.

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 11:54 AM
Thanks Coach for answering the questions. Warm welcome to you and I hope you stay with the Tigers for a long time.

1) I was going to ask you who saves the most runs in the outfield. My opinion is that it's Suhrawadi Shuvo, but I suppose this would be giving away tactical information. Maybe you could PM me the answer perhaps?

2) So my 2nd question is how do you find Chittagong and what do you like the most?

Answer:
1. Statistically, Mushfiq saves the most runs but that is closely followed by Roqibul & Shuvo.
2. I like Chittagong, but Dhaka is home sweet home !

riankhan
January 31, 2011, 11:58 AM
Answer:
......As far as naturally gifted fielders . . . .. I think the Green & Red have it . .. but then again I am now biased !


Good to know our boyz have that. Good Question by Shakibrulz and 'non-biased' answer by Julien :saint:
(Finger Crossed)

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 11:59 AM
Your a good coach, and it looks like you have a good head on your shoulders :)
sorry I'm asking so many questions, it's just, I still cant beleive I'm talking to someone like you!
Have you spotted any great feilders in the domestic games?
Where is shakib's feilding strong point?
Have you been to Cox Bazaar?

yours truly,
Your number one fan...
Banglaguy.

Answer:
Have not seen much domestic cricket unfortunately, so cannot make a judgement.
Shakib's fielding strong point is . . . . . . classified !
No, have not been to cox Bazaar, yet

Jaybaba
January 31, 2011, 12:02 PM
Coach,

Great to have you here! You are very earnest and enthusiastic with the players. It is apparent that you are very sincere in your job.

In my opinion, the board should already have extended the entire coaching staff's contract, but unfortunately we seem to go-slow on these things in Bangladesh (and in the subcontinent in general).

Best of luck in the world cup and beyond. Go Tigers!!

roman
January 31, 2011, 12:04 PM
Mr. Fountain
As you know that we are expecting a lot from the team specially because of you and Pont's involvement. ( you 2 gave us reasons to dream, Thank You so much for that) What are the players thinking of it? Are they really enjoying it as they say or is it just creating a needless pressure on them?

Thank you

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 12:08 PM
Sir Do reply to my message..

1.Are there any particualarly planning to get the top players out and the field setting depend on their weekness.?? like in our group we have top best teams such as like INDIA. South Africa They have world class players. We Know How Shewag n gautam give the start and in the end yusuf pathan n yuraj singh n dhoni plays.. so my Question is Are We are planning to Trap and get dem out before they get settle..

2. PowerPlay's : We have seen in recent ODI's of every Team.. They are now loosing wickets in powerplay and score on the powerplays arnt satisfactory.. We Dint have any Big hitters as even mash is out of the team. are there any such plan's wid our batsmans and tailender.??

3. Dew Factor plays and important factor.. SO What Are the plans to make bowlers to bowl good in slog overs and fielders atleast save 20 to 30 runs in a match.?????????

Answer:
Wow, some serious business here . . . .
Yes we are planning to take wickets early in a Shock and Awe style attack.
The internationa powerplay run average is approximately 35, which is just over 1 run per ball. Why do you need big hitters if you can drop and run effectively ? There is bound to be 1 four ball per over, so take it plus 5 singles you are on 9 an over which is 45 ????? Without taking chances ! Keep the plan simple.

The dew only really affects the bowlers, not so much the fielders, so bowl in good areas, (which they do) keep the field tight and save runs (we have been averaging approx 40-50 per game) and Bobs your Uncle !

Banglaguy
January 31, 2011, 12:11 PM
According to wikipedia, it says you help with the tail ender batting, is this true? If so, how?

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 12:12 PM
Mr. Fountain
As you know that we are expecting a lot from the team specially because of you and Pont's involvement. ( you 2 gave us reasons to dream, Thank You so much for that) What are the players thinking of it? Are they really enjoying it as they say or is it just creating a needless pressure on them?

Thank you

Answer:
Cannot tell you exactly what they are thinking, because I dont know.
As far as pressure goes, of course they are feeling a little pressured . . . they feel pressured during a regular home series, as the home fans can be pretty unforgiving; but at the end of the day they are going to have to suck it up and play the game, they are in the team because they are good enough to do the job. What is the job ? Win this world Cup by performing at the peak of their ability!

Direct-Hit
January 31, 2011, 12:14 PM
According to wikipedia, it says you help with the tail ender batting, is this true? If so, how?

Answer:
I have held a couple of sessions with the tail, trying to teach them some basics in order to answer the questions which will be asked of them. They are all bowlers so they know what they would bowl at other tail enders . . . . they just need to have a good response to the same questions.

roman
January 31, 2011, 12:19 PM
Answer:
Cannot tell you exactly what they are thinking, because I dont know.
As far as pressure goes, of course they are feeling a little pressured . . . they feel pressured during a regular home series, as the home fans can be pretty unforgiving; but at the end of the day they are going to have to suck it up and play the game, they are in the team because they are good enough to do the job. What is the job ? Win this world Cup by performing at the peak of their ability!

This sounds so sweet coz its coming from You Sir...Even if we cant make it to the final we'll know that You belived in it and gave your best possible effort to make us World Champ. Hats off to you Sir :notworthy:

al Furqaan
January 31, 2011, 01:06 PM
Answer:
Wow, some serious business here . . . .
Yes we are planning to take wickets early in a Shock and Awe style attack.
The internationa powerplay run average is approximately 35, which is just over 1 run per ball. Why do you need big hitters if you can drop and run effectively ? There is bound to be 1 four ball per over, so take it plus 5 singles you are on 9 an over which is 45 ????? Without taking chances ! Keep the plan simple.

The dew only really affects the bowlers, not so much the fielders, so bowl in good areas, (which they do) keep the field tight and save runs (we have been averaging approx 40-50 per game) and Bobs your Uncle !

Coach do you have statistics on batting PP average scores? It seems like the run average, for the batting PP at least will probably be closer to 40 or 45. 35 is only 7 an over and it seems far to low.

samlove0
January 31, 2011, 01:47 PM
1.Yah i do agree wid ur statement sir, Wid the powerplay point of view we hardly take it on at 40 or 45th over. and we will be down by 6 or properbly 8 wicket down.. a boundry in harbajan wid 6 fielder inside the circle.??wil it be possible.??

2. Sir When Shewags plays in 3rd or 4th overs many big teams to get him out they take out the slips and keep it on gully n point region and he mostly get out at third man and at covers..? U have any such plans to not to talk him wid his bat.?? and right left combination bowler might lose his line bt if we place the right fielder on the right areas the automatic pressure wil be batsman's..???

3.sir shaiful has also been impressed with his bat and even at slog over he might been helpful.??

4. Sir Have read the news about rubel finger injury hope he will be okay..

Last but not the least.. thnku for taking out ur precious tym as a fan we expect a lot more from the players.. Let me tell u that i m not a bangladeshi am an Indian bt regularly at sharp 11 30 pm i read The Daily star newspaper online bt only sports news.. and THENEWAGE and twice in a day for an hour i chek up Banglacricket topic and comments..
am a big fan of bangla team.. espacially shakib and tamim i luv dem
Thanks alot sir.. for replying my message.. thank u sir

al Furqaan
January 31, 2011, 01:58 PM
2. This may be a bit below the belt, but you did seem a bit arrogant while you said (or reportedly said) "I really don't think we are looking at them as though they are dangerous." pre that Zimbabwe match which BD lost. Don't you think that was a bit offensive? Or were you quoted out of context (which happens often btw) and made to sound arrogant?



people also said the same thing about shakib saying we can win 4-1, after losing the first game, and we can win 4-0 after being only 2-0 up. it isn't any worse from saying "they can't take 20 wickets" and then declaring after 18 are down. :smug:

ialbd
January 31, 2011, 02:21 PM
We are honored to have you here in our forum Julien.

Just thought of bringing this up. 4 of our 6 first round games in the WC will be day/night fixture. It must be quite a different scenario from a fielding perspective like high catches under the lights, ball pickup in slippery conditions (dew) etc. Newspaper reports say players are happy with the practice they are getting under the lights (although the last D/N match they played was a while ago), but just wanted to know your take on this....

Thanks & Thanks for all your contribution... :)

Tiger-ess
January 31, 2011, 04:35 PM
I have a question I have a question:-D

You mentioned about the PP issue, why there's a need for big hitters to play out the PP when you can drop and run effectively??(I agree)...but with all due respect Sir, that has been far from the case where Bangladesh's batting is concerned. I would appreciate if you share expert views as to why we have failed to utilize in the batting PP over and over again. I know its not to do with your sector of work, I just think "not having a hard hitter" like you said, is a pretty vague reason to give yet its the only answer the seems to pop up everytime that particular question is asked amonst us Bangladesh cricket fans.

also...

If you follow English cricket?? If so what do you make of their chances in the worldcup? especially given that a player is getting injured almost every hour it seems :(

and lastly....

Coach next time you see Rubel, would you tell him that there is a girl somewhere in north London who thinks he is extremly handsome:heart:

kalpurush
January 31, 2011, 05:58 PM
Thank you Coach Julien Fountain for your time at BC :)

Now, how hard it is to manage with "nosey" subcontinental culture for you?
Did you try Hajir biriani?
Khichuri and vuna mangsho?
Vapa pitha in a winter morning?

http://www.bangladeshexplorer.com/images/recipe/soft-khichuri.jpghttp://2.bp.blogspot.com/_inNMbaN01mY/Sjtn_2xtWgI/AAAAAAAAACw/FVFtKBB6Ip4/s400/hajir+biriyani.jpg
Khichuri-vuna mangsho and Hajir Biriyani

http://t3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcS2dMCo_B1AvWmDAf555qKMJNtVdsOa8 NIOwslcL54hQX57dk--
Vapa pitha

And a tip for you: Watch at least one game from reg public gallery of SBNS of the upcoming cricket WC -you won't forget the experience as it would be a joy of your lifetime (of course if the Tigers come out as the winner!!!)

Win the WC and my home will be yours :)

Dilscoop
January 31, 2011, 06:28 PM
1) Since we are talking about power hitting and lower order batting and stuff, how about Ashraful at 6/7? Many of us here in BC are really eager to see that happen.

2) I always hear people call it "OZ way" to "finger pointing up" catching style. Reading one of your earlier posts, it sounded like there is more to this "Oz way". Care to explain.

3) On a totally different note, who can bench the most? And how much?

Dhakablues
January 31, 2011, 06:53 PM
I am curious why are are asking about batting powerplay or physio questions to our fielding coach? Arent those more of a Jamie Siddons question?

Dilscoop
January 31, 2011, 07:09 PM
Only if people would start reading whole threads...

If you'd read, then you will see that JF talked about how he is working with the tails to help them score some extra valuable runs. And also he talks about power hitting.

Dhakablues
January 31, 2011, 08:08 PM
I did and thorughly enjoyed the conversation and technical details the coach provided. But he also mentions to ask some of these questions to Jamie Siddons.

Not that he can't answer them but whether its a baseballer approach or not, the strategy and technique of hitting but not slogging is coming from the head batting coach, isnt it? Ultimately, he is the one who is rectifying the technical flaws and working with players, I thought.

RazabQ
January 31, 2011, 09:30 PM
Mod - advisory. Please read the previous postings before asking a "new question". Odds are Julien has already taken a stab at it by now. Also please try and not ask a question that puts Coach on a tough spot :)

RazabQ
January 31, 2011, 09:31 PM
I have a question I have a question:-D
and lastly....

Coach next time you see Rubel, would you tell him that there is a girl somewhere in north London who thinks he is extremly handsome:heart:hah! Now you'll make Rubel cry again!

Zeeshan
February 1, 2011, 01:19 AM
Tell us something about your fielding software. How this software can help our fielding?

Answer:
It is a software package which allows a coach to log complete fielding information for each ball in a game. This then allows not only a player by player breakdown, but it accurately allocates both praise / blame for individual events, without being clouded by ignorance of the subject or pre existing bias. Fact is recorded as fact. This allows for individually designed training programs based around a players performance.

Coach I had some more questions on the fielding software.

1. Is there any package that gives a breakdown or percentage analysis on what kind of certain players get out playing a particular shot to set up field accordingly?

2. Do other teams use different software with other packages or is the core model the same with variations?

[I hope I am not repeating the questions; searched back but couldn't find anything similar. Please discard if it's repetition. :) ]

RazabQ
February 1, 2011, 01:54 AM
Hey coach, I'm guessing you've read Moneyball. Your take on it's applicability? Sounds like that's what your software does!

Rabz
February 1, 2011, 02:11 AM
Thank You Julien Fountain for taking your time to join BanglaCricket and answer our questions so sincerely.

Apologies if this being asked already, but being with the team for sometime now, what do you think our chances for this world cup is ? Realistically that is.
We emotional bunch are drumming up for a berth in the semis (subject to AGW), what is your expectation ??

Rifat
February 1, 2011, 07:57 AM
Coach Fountain,

I have noticed(please correct me if i am wrong) that in particularly in the New Zealand Series, the Bangladeshi players had an amazing body language. i mean the fielding was superb. the amount of positive energy the boys had in the field was something quite noticeable. if there any secret to such sudden change?

if you can, please describe the team morale and mentality right after you arrived and the improvements in that department? please do let us know if Bangladesh(at least the current crop of players), as a team is currently mentally tough enough to win crucial matches in world cup? I personally feel that if you are not physically or mentally ready to win, win will not happen.

again, BanglaCricket can't thank you enough for taking your valuable time and effort to answer our questions out of your busy life.

:big_hug:

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 11:07 AM
I am curious why are are asking about batting powerplay or physio questions to our fielding coach? Arent those more of a Jamie Siddons question?

Answer:
Does a doctor stop being a doctor when he becomes a surgeon ?

Having been involved in professional sport since 1986, and professional cricket since 1996, it would be a considerable achievement not to have learnt anything about any other aspect of the game (other than my specialist area) in that time bearing in mind the coaches & players I have been lucky enough to have come into contact with.

Incidentally, as I spent the summer of 2006 helping Pakistan with batting, and have coached both batting and bowling to players at Test level, in an assistant capacity, perhaps I may have some thoughts on the issue . . . .

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 11:12 AM
Hey coach, I'm guessing you've read Moneyball. Your take on it's applicability? Sounds like that's what your software does!

Answer:
Have nearly finished reading it as we speak, last few pages to go !
Well kinda yes, kinda no . . . My software simply is a tool to record as much data about the fielding aspect of cricket. It allows a coach to be able to draw a comparison in Black & White (shada kalo, apologies for the really poor spelling in Bangla) instead of purely basing it around rumour, hearsay & rubbish. I still face people who say positive things or negative things about individuals without having any real fact to base their opinion on. It is simply that . . .their opinion. My motto, deal in Fact not Fiction for Fielding !

Zunaid
February 1, 2011, 11:15 AM
Coach - can you give us some example parameters that factually quantify a fielder's abilities?

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 11:18 AM
Coach I had some more questions on the fielding software.

1. Is there any package that gives a breakdown or percentage analysis on what kind of certain players get out playing a particular shot to set up field accordingly?

2. Do other teams use different software with other packages or is the core model the same with variations?

[I hope I am not repeating the questions; searched back but couldn't find anything similar. Please discard if it's repetition. :) ]

Answer:
Each team uses computer analysis and video capture. How they interpret the data is up to them. It will be fairly close to the truth to say that most teams at this event will have a package of video showing the bowlers they will face & batters they will bowl against for each team. The trick is how you decide to use that information.

There are a range of software systems on the market, we currently use a system called Twenty Twenty (No direct correlation between its effectiveness for any particular format, its just a name !) and its made by a company call Sports Mechanics in Chennai. Incidentally they are the company who have helped me put together my analysis system which is called . . . . Direct-Hit !:-D

Zeeshan
February 1, 2011, 11:18 AM
Coach - can you give us some example parameters that factually quantify a fielder's abilities?
Was gonna ask the same thing. Can you give us some technical variables?

And to add to Doc's question:

How much of fielding is now reduced to statistics and how much can be?

Zeeshan
February 1, 2011, 11:20 AM
Answer:
Each team uses computer analysis and video capture. How they interpret the data is up to them. It will be fairly close to the truth to say that most teams at this event will have a package of video showing the bowlers they will face & batters they will bowl against for each team. The trick is how you decide to use that information.

There are a range of software systems on the market, we currently use a system called Twenty Twenty (No direct correlation between its effectiveness for any particular format, its just a name !) and its made by a company call Sports Mechanics in Chennai. Incidentally they are the company who have helped me put together my analysis system which is called . . . . Direct-Hit !:-D

Thank you so much for the response. And once again appreciate you giving us your time. :)

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 11:33 AM
1) Since we are talking about power hitting and lower order batting and stuff, how about Ashraful at 6/7? Many of us here in BC are really eager to see that happen.

2) I always hear people call it "OZ way" to "finger pointing up" catching style. Reading one of your earlier posts, it sounded like there is more to this "Oz way". Care to explain.

3) On a totally different note, who can bench the most? And how much?

Answer:
Really cannot comment as not my department, and also have not seen enough of Ash to make fair judgement (plus not my dept !). What i will say is his fielding has really exploded in the last couple of weeks, and am very happy with the technical adjustments he has made under my supervision.

Regarding the "Oz Way" I think we are at cross purposes here . . . I am fully in favour of people trying to catch vertical drop balls with the thumbs together simply because it puts more palm skin in the path of the ball, along with the ball closer to the face. Try it, if you put little fingers together you can bring the cupped hands towards your face, but how much palm is facing vertical . . . . Not much because your wrists dont bend at 90* !!!
What I am totally against is cricket thinking that anything which is green /gold has got to be great.

Lastly, dont know will have to ask Grant !

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 11:43 AM
Was gonna ask the same thing. Can you give us some technical variables?

And to add to Doc's question:

How much of fielding is now reduced to statistics and how much can be?

Answer:

Well ... heres a few . . .
Ground fielding % Clean v Fumble
Skill choice
Throwing Accuracy % including Direct Hits
Catching Success % including Difficulty Rating
Outcomes
Economy Rate equation
Strike Rate equation
Errors
Fielding Outs


And not as much as it should be. The game has changed completely from when the scoring system was first invented. its now time to reboot the scoring methods including the stats people want, not just Catches !!!

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 11:51 AM
Coach Fountain,

I have noticed(please correct me if i am wrong) that in particularly in the New Zealand Series, the Bangladeshi players had an amazing body language. i mean the fielding was superb. the amount of positive energy the boys had in the field was something quite noticeable. if there any secret to such sudden change?

if you can, please describe the team morale and mentality right after you arrived and the improvements in that department? please do let us know if Bangladesh(at least the current crop of players), as a team is currently mentally tough enough to win crucial matches in world cup? I personally feel that if you are not physically or mentally ready to win, win will not happen.

again, BanglaCricket can't thank you enough for taking your valuable time and effort to answer our questions out of your busy life.

:big_hug:

Answer:
I coach people. . . . .its all about the guys themselves. If you give them the tools to do a job, and make the learning process enjoyable, the people want to get better, simple.

These guys are realising that this is a huge event, and the country has great expectations for them. They are all extremely keen to do well, as we are the hosts. It will help us greatly if the Bangladesh public get behind them 100% (and that means especially if we have a bad day, or lose a game) We need positive unwavering support, and we can do really well, but we need positivity, No shouting Booer the first time somebody gets out, or is not hitting sixes. Cricket is not always won flamboyantly, sometimes you have to fight and crawl your way to the finish line. A win is a win, even with no sixes !

mac
February 1, 2011, 11:52 AM
Coach, I know the outfield at Mirpur is quite impressive. But the one in Chittagong looked quite rough and sluggish the last time I saw. So what's the current scenario? And are the players finding it comfortable to dive on that outfield?

Banglaguy
February 1, 2011, 11:56 AM
How tall is Mushfiqur Rahim? :)

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 12:00 PM
I have a question I have a question:-D

You mentioned about the PP issue, why there's a need for big hitters to play out the PP when you can drop and run effectively??(I agree)...but with all due respect Sir, that has been far from the case where Bangladesh's batting is concerned. I would appreciate if you share expert views as to why we have failed to utilize in the batting PP over and over again. I know its not to do with your sector of work, I just think "not having a hard hitter" like you said, is a pretty vague reason to give yet its the only answer the seems to pop up everytime that particular question is asked amonst us Bangladesh cricket fans.

also...

If you follow English cricket?? If so what do you make of their chances in the worldcup? especially given that a player is getting injured almost every hour it seems :(

and lastly....

Coach next time you see Rubel, would you tell him that there is a girl somewhere in north London who thinks he is extremly handsome:heart:

Answer:
Bottom line you have to try to score a decent amount of runs, without losing wickets. Its a balancing act and each team has to play the game depending on the ability of their batting lineup.

Well, as somebody who is firmly dressed in Green & Red . . . . I dont rate their chances generally. (Same old quote so here goes . .These are our wickets, our crowds and our climate. they have just come off an injury plagued one day series, where they will spend about 3 days at home before setting off again. This is after having been on the road since
October 2010. What kind of mental / physical state would you be in ?

Will do ! (However its a bit cold in the UK at the moment, so you had better visit him here in Bangladesh !)

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 12:02 PM
How tall is Mushfiqur Rahim? :)

Answer:
Six foot Ten (if he stands on a chair !)

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 12:05 PM
Coach, I know the outfield at Mirpur is quite impressive. But the one in Chittagong looked quite rough and sluggish the last time I saw. So what's the current scenario? And are the players finding it comfortable to dive on that outfield?

Answer:
You are correct that the two outfields are very different, due to the soil composition and the type of grass used. Cannot say any more as this forms part of our tactical plan ???:shh:

Banglaguy
February 1, 2011, 12:22 PM
Lol, 6'10....
who do you think is the most composed in the feild in pressure situation (3 out of 4 matches against NZ)?
And who do you think bangladesh Will face in the Quarters?
btw, what is the best thing about Bangladesh to you?

Zeeshan
February 1, 2011, 12:25 PM
Coach since you are here...

I posted it in Ian's thread too. But then I realized 'Duh' it also applies to fielding.

Diet is very important for fast bowler. However, our tasty dishes are not meant to aid in an athletic prowess like shutki and taki maacher bhorta (fish smash). Do the coaches advice them to stick to their regular diet or do the players bring in a compromise between healthy oatmeal cereals and shrimp bhuna (stir fried spicy shrimp)?

Dilscoop
February 1, 2011, 12:48 PM
Answer:
Six foot Ten (if he stands on a chair !)

lol. Watch out. There are many fan girls here.

My Question Number 8: Did you follow Bangladesh cricket when you weren't working with them? On scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest), how much would you say, you knew about Bdesh cricket? Be honest :-p

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 01:08 PM
lol. Watch out. There are many fan girls here.

My Question Number 8: Did you follow Bangladesh cricket when you weren't working with them? On scale of 1-10 (10 being the highest), how much would you say, you knew about Bdesh cricket? Be honest :-p

Answer:
Being honest, I really didnt know anything about Bangladesh Cricket. I was aware that they were a young side, and good in the field, but beyond that, sorry not a lot. 2/10
:doh:

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 01:13 PM
Coach since you are here...

I posted it in Ian's thread too. But then I realized 'Duh' it also applies to fielding.

Answer:
Thats funny, all the Pakistan fans were obsessed with the players diets too !!!!:lol:
Its like anything, a little of what you fancy mixed in with a good training program is the ideal mixture. Its more about what time you eat (it seems as if everybody in Bangladesh eats dinner at 11pm or later, which really doesnt bode well for digestion or sleep patterns, and then theres the hydration issue.)

Eshen
February 1, 2011, 01:13 PM
Coach, have you noticed players outside the WC squad? Have you watched any club match? How do you rate players such as Nasir and Shabbir, who were part of the preliminary squad, as fielders? How about Alok Kapali?

Direct-Hit
February 1, 2011, 01:17 PM
Lol, 6'10....
who do you think is the most composed in the feild in pressure situation (3 out of 4 matches against NZ)?
And who do you think bangladesh Will face in the Quarters?
btw, what is the best thing about Bangladesh to you?

Answer:
Thats a tough one . . . .All the guys are now really up for a fight when they field, so its hard to single out anyone in particular. Shakib certainly isn't shy of reminding the opposition batters who's in charge in our house:saint: !!!

riankhan
February 1, 2011, 01:23 PM
Sorry for digging it up again (curious!)

Do you have any funny experience in Bangladesh (on/off the field)?

ialbd
February 1, 2011, 02:10 PM
sorry for re-posting it (post #160):

Just thought of bringing this up. 4 of our 6 first round games in the WC will be day/night fixture. It must be quite a different scenario from a fielding perspective like high catches under the lights, ball pickup in slippery conditions (dew) etc. Newspaper reports say players are happy with the practice they are getting under the lights (although the last D/N match they played was a while ago), but just wanted to know your take on this....

Thanks & Thanks for all your contribution Julien... :)

Murad
February 1, 2011, 02:27 PM
Ishtiaq bhai, both our practice games against Pakistan and Canada are day-nighter. So it won't be a problem for our players, I think.

wiseshah
February 1, 2011, 02:33 PM
my question to @ direct-hit--- national specialist coach means?

ialbd
February 1, 2011, 03:39 PM
Ishtiaq bhai, both our practice games against Pakistan and Canada are day-nighter. So it won't be a problem for our players, I think.

I hope so too, but its just sth thats bothering me. Batting/Bowling/Fielding(?) all changes in a day/night game (so many new variables get added to the equation). But was happy to read abt the player's confidence in dealing with this.

i hope they do more training/practice under lights till the WC....

Direct-Hit
February 2, 2011, 12:23 AM
my question to @ direct-hit--- national specialist coach means?

Answer:
It means I am a specialist coach (Fielding) & I work for the national team.

Direct-Hit
February 2, 2011, 12:26 AM
sorry for re-posting it (post #160):

Just thought of bringing this up. 4 of our 6 first round games in the WC will be day/night fixture. It must be quite a different scenario from a fielding perspective like high catches under the lights, ball pickup in slippery conditions (dew) etc. Newspaper reports say players are happy with the practice they are getting under the lights (although the last D/N match they played was a while ago), but just wanted to know your take on this....

Thanks & Thanks for all your contribution Julien... :)

Answer:
Its now 5/6 games are D/N so you are correct to flag it up. We are currently in the middle of a training schedule designed specifically to prepare for this. We are in Chittagong tonight & tomorrow doing exactly that . . . testing out under light performance in all skill areas.

Bancan
February 2, 2011, 12:35 AM
So are you planning on sticking around our forum after this Question Period is over?

Direct-Hit
February 2, 2011, 12:38 AM
I had hundreds of questions. But had to cut it off :)

Question: Do you have any funny experience in Bangladesh (on/off the field)? Care to share? Please also share few other funny moments from your long Coaching career.

Thank you in advance for your valuable time.

Answer:
Funny things . . . .
1. Giving money to a beggar at a traffic light one day, then seeing them the next day using what suspiciously looked like a Blackberry phone !

2. Whilst coaching the England under 19 team in 1997, I was at a team dinner when one of the full england selectors of the time was present as guest of honour. He politely asked each player round the table a similar set of questions such as "How does it feel to play for England" or "What does it mean to you to represent your country"

Upon reaching the captain at the time, a certain Andrew "Freddie" Flintoff he asked the question "Has playing for England made you a better person" to which Fred replied "Nope, I've always been a great bloke !"
:floor:

Direct-Hit
February 2, 2011, 12:43 AM
So are you planning on sticking around our forum after this Question Period is over?

Answer:
Well if there are questions which need answering or topics which need discussing, absolutely. As far as i am concerned there is no start / finish to my involvement with BC. If people want to chat to me about stuff, go right ahead, I am happy to talk. (if my contract is not renewed then I wont spend as much time, but I will still check in. I still do with Pakpassion.net, despite leaving them in 2006 !

Bancan
February 2, 2011, 12:46 AM
Answer:
Well if there are questions which need answering or topics which need discussing, absolutely. As far as i am concerned there is no start / finish to my involvement with BC. If people want to chat to me about stuff, go right ahead, I am happy to talk. (if my contract is not renewed then I wont spend as much time, but I will still check in. I still do with Pakpassion.net, despite leaving them in 2006 !

Thats great to hear man. We enjoy your presence here. Both Ian Pont and you are online right now and its great for BC.

magic boy
February 2, 2011, 12:51 AM
1. Which format of cricket you like most- Test, ODI or T20?

2. Say something on bad decision of umpire.

3. Do you support sledging from the fielders? Does it have anything to get benefit?

4. What is your most fav place to tour?

Bancan
February 2, 2011, 12:55 AM
Who would win in a fight?
You or Fountain? :D


Me.. no contest. He probably wouldn't even show up for it.

Response? :D

Direct-Hit
February 2, 2011, 12:59 AM
1. Which format of cricket you like most- Test, ODI or T20?

2. Say something on bad decision of umpire.

3. Do you support sledging from the fielders?

4. What is your most fav place to tour?

Answer:
Love T20 as its the style of cricket I played (but was told that I was a slogger and be more respectful !)

Umpiring is a really tough job, and I take my hat off to anybody who is brave enough to do it. They need training & as much technical assistance as is humanly possible. Poor decisions still happen, but are getting fewer each year, thankfully as the stakes increase year by year too.

Not where they are just abusing the batter directly as thats just rude. Gamesmanship, psychology where things are said about but not to the batter, well thats different. If a batter is in conversation with a fielder, he is not thinking 100% about his batting. Golden rule tho . . . .dont give it, if you dont want it back, cos it will come back at twice the volume !

Caribbean, simply because it is home away from home for me (my wife is from Trinidad)
:big_hug:

Direct-Hit
February 2, 2011, 01:01 AM
Response? :D

Answer:
The bigger they are, the harder they fall . . . . :-*

Zeeshan
February 2, 2011, 01:19 AM
Answer:
The bigger they are, the harder they fall . . . . :-*

Ouch. :P

Question: Do you have any info. how are things working out with Mr Saha- sports psychologist? While real practice can have no substitute I read that just by visualizing controlled subjects improved motor skills and activated the same brain part as in real practice. Can you shed light on mental imagery or other techniques Dr Saha is using?

Thanks coach. =)

Direct-Hit
February 2, 2011, 01:28 AM
Ouch. :P

Question: Do you have any info. how are things working out with Mr Saha- sports psychologist? While real practice can have no substitute I read that just by visualizing controlled subjects improved motor skills and activated the same brain part as in real practice. Can you shed light on mental imagery or other techniques Dr Saha is using?

Thanks coach. =)

Answer:
Cannot say as his sessions are in Bangla.
I know that during my playing career, I used visualisation & visual + audio training and it worked really well for me. It actually put an extra 2-3mph on my fastball as a pitcher. It worked so well that even 20 years later certain music still makes my adrenalin levels rise !

cricman
February 2, 2011, 01:33 AM
Sometimes in Pictures I see the Coaches using Baseball Gloves during practice sessions, Do the players get to use them? Do You feel if it helps them in any capacity when they use it and than transfer the skills on the field with out it.

Just from my experience with the Baseball gloves, it's made my off hand much better in terms of catching and picking stuff up off the ground. Is it the same for the cricketers

Dilscoop
February 2, 2011, 01:56 AM
Where would you rate this job, comparing to your job with WI and PAK?

What's your fav fielding position? And why? (You can pick more than one)

Sometimes in Pictures I see the Coaches using Baseball Gloves during practice sessions, Do the players get to use them? Do You feel if it helps them in any capacity when they use it and than transfer the skills on the field with out it.

Just from my experience with the Baseball gloves, it's made my off hand much better in terms of catching and picking stuff up off the ground. Is it the same for the cricketers

It's just for the coaches! Because they are always holding a bat to hit the ball to the fielders, and it's hard to catch with one hand. So they use baseball gloves, makes it easier for them! Doh! Come on man :-p

Direct-Hit
February 2, 2011, 02:31 AM
Sometimes in Pictures I see the Coaches using Baseball Gloves during practice sessions, Do the players get to use them? Do You feel if it helps them in any capacity when they use it and than transfer the skills on the field with out it.

Just from my experience with the Baseball gloves, it's made my off hand much better in terms of catching and picking stuff up off the ground. Is it the same for the cricketers

Answer:
You are absolutely right. Cricketers, on the whole have tended to be one sided when it comes to catching or throwing, and elite fielders can go either hand. Baseball gloves allow a cricketer to catch on his weaker side without fear of injury or failure, which enhances the learning experience.

Linked to this is getting your fielders to take balls at WK / Bowlers end during drills and practice. It is only when you are on the receiving end of rubbish throwing, do you start to expect better of yourself. Two birds one stone !

Alchemist
February 2, 2011, 06:36 AM
It's great to have you here Julien. We are really lucky to have such an analytical (plus positive)mind as yours, as a fielding coach. A good amount of fans here are against Jamie's ways of thinking and I believe you and Ian are really making a positive impact on this team full of young and attacking cricketers.:notworthy:

My question to you: what kind of drills and practices our specialist slip fielders are doing? The reason I'm asking this because Ian is working with our fast bowlers to increase their speed and swing (although our wickets are not that lively). How are our slip fielders going to handle this?

Sohel
February 2, 2011, 10:43 AM
This has been a treat and then some! Thoroughly enjoyed reading most of the questions and all of the answers. I speculated that our fielding was going to come together at the start of the ODI World Cup but now I'm confident enough to put money on that speculation. If anyone can make Nostrilamous Rex the fielder he has become of late but has never been before, deserves more credit than he is ever likely to get. This man could've turned HaBa into Jonty 2.0 and I ain't kiddin' none ... :notworthy:

Loved reading about the qualitative nature software, the emphasis on gauging forced and unforced fielding errors, and using the analysis to form and develop sound fielding strategies and tactics. It'd be great if we could also do the same sort of qualitative observation and analysis with our batting. Good defense versus blocking full-tosses and half-volleys. Good singles and twos versus missed singles and twos. Solid boundaries versus streaky ones. Acceptable dismissals versus the ones due to inability, bizarre lapse in concentration or cerebral flatulence, etc.

Anyway, THANK YOU Coach Fountain for your time and Zunaid and his BC team for making this happen. We're all behind our guys 100% ... Semper Fi and :fanflag:

Peace & GOD bless~

Banglaguy
February 2, 2011, 11:16 AM
has a boundary ever been saved by shuvo's beard?

Direct-Hit
February 2, 2011, 11:38 AM
has a boundary ever been saved by shuvo's beard?

Answer:

ssssshhhhhhh thats supposed to be a secret weapon . . . . .:D

Direct-Hit
February 2, 2011, 11:43 AM
It's great to have you here Julien. We are really lucky to have such an analytical (plus positive)mind as yours, as a fielding coach. A good amount of fans here are against Jamie's ways of thinking and I believe you and Ian are really making a positive impact on this team full of young and attacking cricketers.:notworthy:

My question to you: what kind of drills and practices our specialist slip fielders are doing? The reason I'm asking this because Ian is working with our fast bowlers to increase their speed and swing (although our wickets are not that lively). How are our slip fielders going to handle this?

Answer:
Well I am following the sort of training program that I would do with any International Team's slip fielders; this involves technical advice, tactical advice and lots of practice at various speeds, with various types of ball (to challenge the senses so they do not get complacent):saint:

Naimul_Hd
February 2, 2011, 01:08 PM
Q. How strict are you as a Coach ? Do you ever get frustrated during training ?

MarufH
February 2, 2011, 01:25 PM
Answer:

ssssshhhhhhh thats supposed to be a secret weapon . . . . .:D

HaHAAHAHAHAH.. TOO FUNNY!!!:floor:

Direct-Hit
February 3, 2011, 12:30 AM
Q. How strict are you as a Coach ? Do you ever get frustrated during training ?

Answer:
Very strict, but only as a professional should be.
YES, but thats only because I set really high standards for myself and the players.

Zeeshan
February 4, 2011, 03:30 PM
Coach,

Do you have any statistical interpretation of the improvement curve of fielding components? If yes can you give us an intuitive feel and if possible highlight games where net result of the fielding was excellent?

tanvir_nus
February 4, 2011, 05:28 PM
Hey Coach,

I guess almost all the questions have been answered and I am deeply impressed by your answers and I do feel strongly you have done a great job. I don't have any questions for you, but I do have some words to say before this world cup starts.

I guess you know about the expectations of the Bangladeshi people, we are an emotional bunch and no matter how ambitious or impossible it may sound we do want our team to go through to the quarters or even make it to the finals and win which would be more than a dream come true. I don't know yet how we will react to losses but I do expect a backlash if we lose against Ireland and worse Netherlands. I probably think it is discussed in the camp but I would like to repeat even if it has been discussed in the camp.

You need to back the players mentally. Bangladeshi people will expect and not all of us are logical and reasonable when it comes to probably one of the best things that has happened to us after our independence. Abuses will be hurled as well as praises. I am afraid there is a lot of people who are just emotional and give up a lot to watch and expect the tigers to win. I personally would if I could be there when the team loses and motivate them for the 6 matches against the best of the best, but as my message to you, I think you have the capacity and the position to do that, motivate them and make them give their best shot. We want a fight and then a win. Make them stay away from the media but not family and well wishers. Don't any negative influence feel down. In any career it is imperative to focus, be determined and be willing to work hard in order to be successful. As a team I hope they gel well and back each other. I also hope there is a game plan in each game against each player which is executed at the field. Don't be afraid to be bold, after-all fortune does favor the brave. I feel this is the best team to represent Bangladesh at the moment, I know we will get better, I honestly feel there is a slot for a fast bowling all rounder which we lack like Shane Watson or Abdul Razzak, but with time we will have that as well.

A lot of games will get close, the team can either win or lose. We must prepare them mentally to handle pressure situations and no way be chokers. And god willing we will come out succesful but if we don't I hope the players are ready for the next match with the same level of enthusiasm and focus as before. There is a lot said about the India match but we have 5 other matches out of which we can win 2 atleast, and go close with West Indies.

As we have seen in the past 2 series, there hasn't been any catches put down and some brilliant run outs (Naeem's game changing run out agains NZ comes to mind) as well as the ground fielding has been amazing. We need to keep the tempo high and the intensity high in the field and I guess you are working hard and I believe we will see that in the field. Make the players believe that there are 6 matches to win and show the world and themselves that this is what they have dreamt for and every Bangladeshi will talk about for years to come. It shouldn't be pressure but inspiration for them. There is also a statistics which goes in favor of Bangladesh beating the opposition and counting the dew factor in we should definitely bat second and restrict with the opposition with a tight bowling performance. Back your best fielders to be in the team, 20 runs saved is as important as 20 runs scored and that is simple.

Prepare your players for everything, all kinds of situations. But prepare them to win first. I guess it is unfair to want so much of such a young team with no back to back major victories in a consistent basis over the past few years, but this world cup is the first world cup played at home. There will be some major expectations. But we are better than the Indian fans I can assure you that, we don't burn down our players homes. We still pack the stadiums after 3-4 years of no wins. We support the tigers no matter what. Every tiger fan in this forum has a story to tell. Mine in short is I am packing to leave for home in a few days taking a break from employment from thousand miles to be with friends and family to watch not just cricket but our nation being represented infront of the whole world hoping we stand up for the occasion and hold our head high in the end.

Banglaguy
February 6, 2011, 09:06 AM
So, in your opinion, who is the worst feilder in the team?

bd fan
February 6, 2011, 09:18 AM
How is Ashraful doing? Do you think he'll be in the starting eleven?

Also have you ever considered taking the batting powerplay from 10-15 overs instead of 45-50 overs if Tamim is still batting. It will be utilized better in my opinion.

And Is it possible to tell shakib to stop playing the risky dilscoop shot over the wicket keeper's head as I have seen that he has got out a number of times due to that shot.

Thank you

Onelove
February 6, 2011, 09:22 AM
Respected coach,

I do not know if you can answer this, but it seems all three of our coaches are up for renewal. I have to be honest, I would be sad if anyone of 3 leaves.

Has there been any negotiations with BCB? formal or informal? or has it been just dead air?

Is there anything we can do? perhaps start writing letters to AL/BNP MPs, attend district level AL/BNP meetings (disrupt more likely) so Al/BNP gets the message that we need you guys? Is there anything we can do?

I have always believed that a good teacher is worth his weight in gold (i hope u dont weigh a lot) :D

fwullah
February 6, 2011, 12:37 PM
This is a question not to Mr. Fountain specifically, but, as a specialist fielding coach.

In '99 World Cup, we had a very 'unfit' playing side compared to today's national team players, but the strength of that team was that everybody could actually "catch" the ball when the ball was in the air at a catch-able height.

But in this World Cup, even before the World Cup - during the Zimbabwe series, I have seen lots of catches going down - easy catches - in that context, how satisfied are you about the concentration level of our current national team players?

Is it just pressure, or 'inability' of our current side to actually 'hold on to the catches'?

After all, catches win matches, isn't it?

Direct-Hit
February 6, 2011, 01:49 PM
This is a question not to Mr. Fountain specifically, but, as a specialist fielding coach.

In '99 World Cup, we had a very 'unfit' playing side compared to today's national team players, but the strength of that team was that everybody could actually "catch" the ball when the ball was in the air at a catch-able height.

But in this World Cup, even before the World Cup - during the Zimbabwe series, I have seen lots of catches going down - easy catches - in that context, how satisfied are you about the concentration level of our current national team players?

Is it just pressure, or 'inability' of our current side to actually 'hold on to the catches'?

After all, catches win matches, isn't it?

Answer:
If you can show me proper statistics that prove A: the 99 WC side caught a higher percentage of catches than the 2010 NZ / Zim side and B: what our catch to drop percentage ratio is currently (NZ + Zim) and C: What exactly is your definition of Lots of easy catches going down, or poor concentration, then I am all ears . . . .

If you read some of my previous responses you will realise that these are loaded questions, simply because you wont be able to do either A or B. This relates directly to my favourite phrase . . .Fielding, make it fact not fiction. (Or in other words, unless you have facts to share, it is simply your perception of good & bad) I deal in facts and facts only with regard to fielding, and I waste lots of time arguing with people who say one player is good whilst another is bad, without being able to identify and add facts to the debate.

The current squad is pretty good with regard to skill execution. How they react under WC pressure . . . .well we will have to wait and see, but we have worked hard on the technical, tactical, physical, & mental aspects of fielding with them. The rest is up to them !

Direct-Hit
February 6, 2011, 01:52 PM
So, in your opinion, who is the worst feilder in the team?

Can we PLEASE STOP trying to identify the negatives, and concentrate on BOOSTING the POSITIVE, and it's FIELDER !

Thanks

JF, IP + Team Bangladesh

Miraz
February 6, 2011, 02:08 PM
Hi Julien, one more question -

Are you working to develop fielders at specialist positions?

We have couple of players who are doing pretty well at point/cover, but lack of specialist slip fielders is a major concern.

Ajfar
February 6, 2011, 02:26 PM
^ Miraz bhai I think coach already answered that question.
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Banglaguy
February 6, 2011, 02:32 PM
Can we PLEASE STOP trying to identify the negatives, and concentrate on BOOSTING the POSITIVE, and it's FIELDER !

Thanks

JF, IP + Team Bangladesh

It was a joke bhai :)
So who is the best as a sweeper?

Neel Here
February 6, 2011, 03:24 PM
great to have you here Julien, your view of matters technical is something us fans rarely, if ever, get a glimpse of. it's fascinating to read your replies. :)

a couple of questions,
I remember reading jonty rhodes say that he didn't spend a lot of time on daily fielding practice but whatever he did was 'quality' practice. what exactly differentiates quality fielding practice from more pedestrian stuff ? are there specific attributes (difficulty of catch, stressing certain movements of the body etc) you look at while designing a practice ?

how would you advice a fielder to concentrate on the field. slip fielders talk of switching on and off, much like batsmen. is it the same for other positions ?

how important is it for young cricketers to break their inhibition against diving and the like, even if it is in a roundabout way like by playing contact sports like football (which incidentally is quite popular in BD) ? can fielding be something that can be developed to a person's physical potential with ample practice in his 20's or does a lack of exposure in the younger days permanently cut off some potential ? I understand this might not be possible to answer definitely without data but surely you have some theories borne out of your long attachment to the game.

- a fan from India (who follows BD cricket religiously but belongs to the enemy camp for the 19th ;) )

ballast
February 6, 2011, 03:58 PM
Coach Fountain,

Many thanks for such engaging and informative answers.

Following up on slip fielding. Not always, but why do we see so many batsmen standing in the slips? Do top order batsmen typically have attributes that help especially in slip fielding (and relatively close positions), or is it they just have relatively weaker arms and would give away runs standing in the outfield?

Any tips for amateur players on improving their slip fielding?

Thanks.

Direct-Hit
February 6, 2011, 11:45 PM
Coach Fountain,

Many thanks for such engaging and informative answers.

Following up on slip fielding. Not always, but why do we see so many batsmen standing in the slips? Do top order batsmen typically have attributes that help especially in slip fielding (and relatively close positions), or is it they just have relatively weaker arms and would give away runs standing in the outfield?

Any tips for amateur players on improving their slip fielding?

Thanks.

Answer:
Here is a copy of a previous answer . . .

Regarding your assessment of batting v fielding, your are extremely accurate. Try to identify what skills and attributes make a player suitable for batting 1-4 ?
Excellent visual skills (to track a fast bowled ball)
Quick feet / excellent agility (to help position the player in order to play the ball)
Bravery (in order to actually go out and face 95mph)
Vision / hand eye coordination mix (to deal with a deviating ball)

Now make the same list for a slip fielder . . . . . You get the point right !

Tips for amateur players
*Move whole body to catch ball, not just your hands
*Try to catch ball with your hands close to your eyes
*Try to maintain a Strong Balanced Stance when Catching (it is possible but you have to work at it, ATD = Attention To Detail !

Direct-Hit
February 6, 2011, 11:54 PM
great to have you here Julien, your view of matters technical is something us fans rarely, if ever, get a glimpse of. it's fascinating to read your replies. :)

a couple of questions,
I remember reading jonty rhodes say that he didn't spend a lot of time on daily fielding practice but whatever he did was 'quality' practice. what exactly differentiates quality fielding practice from more pedestrian stuff ? are there specific attributes (difficulty of catch, stressing certain movements of the body etc) you look at while designing a practice ?

how would you advice a fielder to concentrate on the field. slip fielders talk of switching on and off, much like batsmen. is it the same for other positions ?

how important is it for young cricketers to break their inhibition against diving and the like, even if it is in a roundabout way like by playing contact sports like football (which incidentally is quite popular in BD) ? can fielding be something that can be developed to a person's physical potential with ample practice in his 20's or does a lack of exposure in the younger days permanently cut off some potential ? I understand this might not be possible to answer definitely without data but surely you have some theories borne out of your long attachment to the game.

- a fan from India (who follows BD cricket religiously but belongs to the enemy camp for the 19th ;) )

Answer:
Thats a simple one to answer.
First make sure the player can actually execute the skill correctly. Then set the level of practice to suit a particular need . . . i.e. if its a full scale "Overload" session the lots of balls, if its a "Sensory" overload then different coloured, weighted, shaped balls, if its a "Game Simulation" set up a 22 yd strip with batters etc. Horses for courses !

Switch on switch off is excellent (see Junaid Siddique and watch his pre shot movements at slip !)

Diving is now a daily part of cricket. If a player (from any country) cannot Dive or slide then they are lacking some of the essential skills needed to play professional cricket. It is no different to a batter not being able to sweep, or a leg spin bowler not having a googly; its necessary, so learn it !

I teach it, and can teach anybody any age. Yes players who have never played contact sports at an early age are at a disadvantage, but its not insurmountable.

Direct-Hit
February 6, 2011, 11:57 PM
It was a joke bhai :)
So who is the best as a sweeper?

Answer:
We have a range of elite sweepers . . . :-D:-D:-D:-D
Shuvo, Rhiyad, Roqibul, Naeem, Nasmul, Shafiul, Imrul

Dilscoop
February 7, 2011, 12:05 AM
2 Words to describe this team..

Direct-Hit
February 7, 2011, 12:22 AM
2 Words to describe this team..

Answer:
"Giant Killers";)

iamreza
February 7, 2011, 12:23 AM
Hi,jf how are you?do you like our new jersey of world cup?
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Dilscoop
February 7, 2011, 12:29 AM
Should have said "One word" (and no overscore)

Favorite fielding position (pick more than 1 if you want) and why?

Shartaz
February 7, 2011, 12:33 AM
Coach,

I always hear commentators say that Batting is far more technical than Bowling, which explains why lower ranked teams have a better grasp of bowling than batting....

Compared to batting and bowling, how much more/less technical is the fielding dimension of the game?

Zeeshan
February 7, 2011, 12:40 AM
Just found out about pitchvision. Looks cool.

Here is a sample (http://www.pitchvision.com/putting-on-the-squeeze-how-to-take-wickets-in-limited-overs-games).

Robi
February 7, 2011, 01:55 AM
Thanks for coming here in BC and clearing a lot of our doubts,with yours and Ian's input most of us now have a better understanding of the game.and can enjoy the game better.

one thing i felt,we fans in general have a great passion for the game,but lack knowledge about the technical,and management aspects of the game,and at times let our emotions out..there is always more to sixes fours and wickets.

Its been a really great of you to come here and spend time with us..

i dont have any questions for now, Just want to wish you and the Team, All the best for the world cup, they have worked very hard for the past 4 years,and its time to reap that benefit.We all are with them, tell them to play with all hearts and believe they can do it..We all are with them!!

GO Bangladesh!!

bujhee kom
February 7, 2011, 02:15 AM
Answer:
Having lived for quite a while in the Caribbean I would have to say coconut water (maybe with a dash of a sugar cane based liquid in it !)
Arrey dear coach Fountain, you are in the right place for it...sugercane based liquid that is...Keru and Co. of BD, very famous and historic, just ask anybody!

cricket_pagol
February 7, 2011, 02:55 AM
Coach, loved reading all your comments. Thanks making yourself so accessible.

Direct-Hit
February 7, 2011, 04:29 AM
Hi,jf how are you?do you like our new jersey of world cup?
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Have not seen it yet.:doh:

Direct-Hit
February 7, 2011, 04:33 AM
Should have said "One word" (and no overscore)

Favorite fielding position (pick more than 1 if you want) and why?

Ans:
"Opportunities"

Anywhere, they all provide you with different opportunities to be a star and save the day.:saint:

tiger_omar
February 7, 2011, 04:37 AM
Hey Julian, I just wanted to say thanks for being so involved in your coaching and also in Banglacricket. It's great to see our coaches take initiative and it makes us feel great to know that our coaches care about our team as much as our players and our fans and we are all behind you.

Good luck in the World Cup and in the future :)

Direct-Hit
February 7, 2011, 04:47 AM
Coach,

I always hear commentators say that Batting is far more technical than Bowling, which explains why lower ranked teams have a better grasp of bowling than batting....

Compared to batting and bowling, how much more/less technical is the fielding dimension of the game?

Answer:
No you have started something . . . . . This is one of my pet hates and biggest topics.
The reason you hear that batting is more technical than bowling or fielding is for two big reasons:
1. The people who are talking about it (ie commentators, journalists administrators) ALL used to be batsmen, so will always make out that their skill was the most difficult to execute simply to show everyone ho good they obviously were ! (If you dont believe me check each commentator and see who was a batter and who was a bowler, then you will see !!!)
2. Because Cricket has not kept detailed statistics for any of the 3 skills, until just recently, batting was the easiest to keep track of and create statistics for. This was followed by bowling. Fielding still has not got a full statistical breakdown available, which is why I created fielding analysis software for just that purpose.

Fielding is like both Batting and bowling combined. It has a similar physical feel to bowling, with close fielding feeling a little more like batting. But it is also like batting because as with batting needing you to master a whole repertoire of shots, fielding needs you to master a whole repertoire of skills.

Fielding has been the poor relation because ignorant players and coaches have not fully understood the concept and the importance. Take heed all . . . Fielding is just as important as batting and bowling. Treat it thus or suffer the consequences of ignorance !
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