Walsh ready to continue as head coach of Bangladesh

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Sports desk: Courtney Walsh will happily continue the role of head coach if Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) asks him. With Bangladesh’s busy schedule approaching, the board is yet to find a suitable one to fill the vacancy, left by Chandika Hathurusingha in October last year.

Khaled Mahmud Sujon firstly took the role of head coach in the name Technical director but his tenure was marred by the team’s disastrous result at home. Then Walsh was appointed as the head coach for the Nidahas Trophy Tri-nation T20 International series in Sri Lanka.

Walsh’s inspirational leadership was the thing to draw the attention as Bangladesh made the final in the tournament, only to loss the trophy to India. Even though Walsh, originally the fast bowling coach of the team, was successful in only one series for which he was appointed, the board kept searching a head coach but it looked that they are not going to get suitable one with such ease.

There was sporadic discussion as to whether Walsh could be continued with the role but there was no concrete decision as the board has much time at their hands still.

However on his first chance to interact with the media, Walsh revealed that he would have no reservation to continue the role if the board wants.

“I know they are looking for a head coach but if I am asked, I will be happy to continue,” the legendary Caribbean fast bowler disclosed.

“The sooner we can get the coach, the better. We can get the momentum continuing. My concern will be about getting the person now and get our planning going. Hopefully the person will be someone, everyone is happy to work with. My main concern is the success of the Bangladesh cricket team.”

As his charges gave him all out support, Walsh said the role of the head coach was enjoyable to him.

“I really enjoyed the opportunity. Everyone was professional. They enjoyed what was happening and they showed great levels of respect. I was just disappointed as we couldn’t bring the trophy home. But I am sure the players will go from strength to strength,” he said.

However everything didn’t go according to his plan, like the consistency of the bowlers, something which Walsh wanted badly. With the series against West Indies approaching fast, Walsh wants to make it sure that everybody attains the consistency.

“I look for consistency. I see bowlers with potential. The BCL will be another chance for bowlers to be consistent in first-class cricket. It would be a better time for me to judge. It is more about mental toughness,” he said.

While Walsh termed the consistency as their ‘Achilles’ heals’, at the same time, he showed his disappointment over not playing enough Tests. According him, the lack of enough Test match creates the hindrance in judging the players consistency.

“In my period as bowling coach, only Fizz (Mustafizur Rahman) has played consistently. The others haven’t played as many. We have to back the guys to give them a chance, give them a run. If you will play one Test match in two years, you are not going to improve.

“I am disappointed [about not playing enough Tests]. We had a tour of Australia that isn’t happening. More you play more chance you have of improving. Our last Test abroad was in South Africa so we are not going to improve with this gap. I am not saying you should play for the sake of playing, But a player should be judged after he has played a few Tests.”

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