Sports desk: There were several instances in the last couple of years that Bangladesh couldn’t put up fighting total against the opponents or wrap up the match successfully only for the tail enders lack of ability to bat properly towards the end. The thing was a massive headache for the team management as they repeatedly stressed upon the requirements of tail enders’ contribution. However the team management got hardly any chance to rectify the lower order batting due to time constraint as Bangladesh went through a busy period in international and domestic cricket in the last couple of years.
On the first day of his charge as the Bangladesh team’s technical director, Khaled Mahmud Sujon took the opportunity of working with tail enders’ to hone their batting skill.
“When the skill training starts, batsmen work with their technique and other aspects for a longer period and during that time, the opportunity for the bowlers to work with the batting is minimal. That’s why at the first opportunity I am trying to work with the bowlers so that they could put valuable contribution,” Mahmud said.
“In all formats, I think, bowlers need to stand up in batting. If the lower order batsman gives 15/20 runs, it adds value and sometimes it could win you the match.”
While the bowlers are working with their batting skill, at the same time, Mahmud works with them to how they can swing the ball perfectly.
“At the moment, I am trying to build up their confidence. They are now working with the swing and seam position of the ball, which is very basic things, along with batting.”
The fast bowlers’ performance of late drew huge criticism, specially their away performance. Mahmud however differed with the fact, saying the fast bowlers played important part in team’s winning of late although they couldn’t do it consistently.
“Everybody in the team is important for us. Everybody had some contributions. Yes I am concerned about their consistency since in the naked eyes we saw batsmen playing important part in team’s victory,” he said.