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Old January 26, 2011, 05:40 PM
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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.)
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Old January 29, 2011, 05:17 AM
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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.

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Old January 29, 2011, 05:29 AM
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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
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Old January 29, 2011, 05:34 AM
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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
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Old January 29, 2011, 07:16 AM
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It must be an omen. Julien Fountain is our 11,000th member.
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Old January 29, 2011, 08:07 AM
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Welcome to BC coach. Great to have you here.

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Old January 29, 2011, 08:55 AM
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Originally Posted by Eshen
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.
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Old January 29, 2011, 09:04 AM
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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?
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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.
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Old January 29, 2011, 09:09 AM
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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!
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Old January 29, 2011, 09:19 AM
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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.
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Old January 29, 2011, 09:31 AM
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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.
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:00 AM
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Originally Posted by magic boy
  • 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?
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  • 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!
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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 . . . .???"
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:03 AM
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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)
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:17 AM
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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

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All of them, hopefully ! Especially aggression and Intensity.
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:21 AM
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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.
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:24 AM
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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.
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:37 AM
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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"

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Best arm . . . . Ian Pont

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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 !
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:41 AM
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Q. How are you sir and How do you like Bangladesh and her people? What do you like to eat?
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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.
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:46 AM
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How is the butterfly ball coming...?
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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 . .???
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:49 AM
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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?
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Only a couple of times, as batting is not my dept.
Ask the batting coach.
Absolutely.
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:51 AM
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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 but I'll ask anyway!
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.
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:56 AM
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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.
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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'.
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Old January 29, 2011, 10:57 AM
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How are you getting on with your fielding analysis software with Bangladesh National Squad ?
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Excellent, it is proving very useful thanks.
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Old January 29, 2011, 11:02 AM
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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
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Old January 29, 2011, 11:08 AM
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Q. You seem to be very fond of Tamim. You two have have seen together many times. What attributes do separate him from others ?
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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.
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