With Bangladesh ‘A’ aiming to gain valuable experience from their ongoing tour of India, coach Heath Streak voiced his opinions to the media at Bangalore ahead of his team’s first ODI against India ‘A’ on Wednesday.
Streak (41) stressed on the importance of the tour and termed it as a ‘learning experience’ for the young players in the squad.
Below are excerpts from his interaction:
“It is a very important tour for Bangladesh in terms of progression even though some have played international cricket. Some of them are young and the number of games they have played at international level is few. So the matches here are a great opportunity for them to expose themselves to conditions similar to Bangladesh and hopefully get some success.”
Streak also emphasized on Indian conditions being similar to that in Bangladesh and labeled it as an excellent opportunity for progress.
On Bangladesh’s fast bowling prospects, Streak lavished praise on Taskin Ahmed, Mashrafe Mortaza and Mushfiqur Rehman senior players who will lead the challenge and singled out Al Amin Hussain from the younger crop.
Streak credited Bangladesh’s pace bowling and U-19 system for producing an exciting talent base.
“It has been really incredible for me in Bangladesh and obviously with bowlers like Taskin (Ahmed) doing well and Mashrafe (Murtaza), a very experienced campaigner and Mushfiqur (Rehman) who has come on the scene and made a big impression. There’s Al Amin Hussain and also there are a good group of guys, really good under-19 players coming through. It is exciting times ahead for Bangladesh cricket in terms of fast bowlers they have coming through the system.”
He also shrugged off ‘communication issues’ with the side and was impressed with the boys’ ability to learn and be open minded before admitting that the Bangladeshi wickets’ slow nature did not allow them to play more than two pacers occasionally.
Streak was happy to have Taskin back in fold (after an injury) and praised the pacer for his superb work-ethic which saw him bowl the most number of deliveries in international cricket the previous season.
The coach also marked out Taskin as a key member ahead for the team’s fortunes in the 2016 T20 World Cup to be played in India.
“The good thing is, this will be the first time he will be playing the long form cricket. Taskin, despite the injury, bowled the most number of balls for Bangladesh last year. So, in terms of his preparations he is
good and he’s maintaining it. We got an important T20 World Cup coming up which is in on the top of the list. So these sort of bowlers are very important for us.”
Streak signed off by saying that Bangladesh aimed to play, win and foster a winning culture.
He also termed the ongoing series as a ‘confidence booster’ ahead of Bangladesh’s home Test series against Australia in October.