Tigers will play better in Chittagong Test: Latif
MAHABUB ALAM KHAN, from Chittagong
Manager of the Bangladesh cricket team, Lt Colonel (retired) MA Latif Khan, believes the Bangladesh cricket Board will solve the problems of the national cricketers after the conclusion of the upcoming Zimbabwe series as a big gap before the next series will give the BCB ample time to look into the matter.
‘We were disappointed at the way the boys performed in some recent matches.
‘Every facility is there, but they fail to perform. It’s a bit of mental problem too they are suffering from,’ said the manager.
‘Perhaps I am right as we see a bouncer hits the helmet of a player and in the very next delivery the batsman sacrifices his wicket cheaply holing out a catch.
So in future some army procedure can also be applied to the cricketers to help them overcome their mental and physical problems.
‘As a manager I closely observe the on- and off-the-field activities of the players and later submit reports citing their drawbacks I discover after every series,’ said the retired army officer.
He informed he submits a report to the BCB president Ali Asghar, CEO Macky Dudhia, chairman of cricket operation Mahbub Anam and coach Dav Whatmore after a series ends.
The BCB modifies the practice system of the team on the basis of my reports. The manager informed the performance analyst of Bangladesh team Nasir Ahmed takes note of every single shot the Bangladesh batsmen play and sometimes his reports contain the data collected by Nasir.
‘Nasir is very efficient and he keeps record of any single act of the players. Later we discuss them with the players. There can be ups and downs in the performance graph. But I am hopeful that we will overcome our bad times soon,’ Latif said.
The Bangladesh manager is optimistic that his team will play better cricket in the second Test as it begins just after our victory day.
‘In the team meeting we encouraged the players saying Bangladesh fought bravely in the liberation war, so why not they put up a brave fight this time against India,’ concluded Latif.
Edited on, December 16, 2004, 9:23 PM GMT, by al.