Hathu’s absence a blessing: Halsall

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Jan 04,2018 | Updated: 23:12, Jan 03,2018

 
 

Bangladesh cricket team’s assistant coach Richard Halsall speaks to reporters during a training session at the National Cricket Academy Ground in Mirpur on Wednesday. — New Age photo

The resignation of Sri Lankan coach Chandika Hathurusinghe could be a blessing in disguise for the Bangladesh national cricket team in the forthcoming tri-nation and bilateral series, said assistant coach Richard Halsall.
In the absence of a new head coach, the 49-year old former Zimbabwe-born English coach was given the job of overseeing the coaching side in the tri-nation and Sri Lanka series.
‘I think Chandika’s principle reason for leaving was that he didn’t think he could add more to the players at the moment and I think its good thing for players here. I think Chandika’s leave will give them more space to think and show more responsibility,’ Halsall told reporters in Mirpur.
‘Bangladesh is looking really well as they got some excellent senior players like Sakib [al Hasan], Mashrafee [bin Murtaza], Mushfiq [Mushfiqur Rahim], Riyad [Mahmudullah], Tamim [Iqbal] and those players now can express themselves and they are doing that right as like Chandika wanted them to play.
‘But they can be more involved and I think when you get older and you become more responsible and that’s exciting so I think it’s another exciting step for older and new players.
‘Head coach leaving is less significant than big player’s leaving. None of our big players are leaving and none of our young players and other coaches left, so it’s very different from Sri Lanka.
Bangladesh will start the tri-nation as favourite with their main rivals Sri Lanka going through a transitional phase.
Sri Lanka, who won only one of their last 15 one-day internationals matches, appointed Hathurusinghe as their new head coach.
Unlike their Sri Lankan counterparts, Bangladesh have lost only one ODI series since 2015 at their home soil.
Halsall claimed that he had a settled group and he was looking forward to continue their good run at home in the upcoming series also.
‘Apart from England no one has beaten us in here in last three years. If we could win in the Chittagong, it could be 2-1 against England also.
‘I think it’s just to give reminder to the players what they really good at. When you come back to where you are strong at, you must remember what you really good at. We have some exceptional players.
‘They remember what they really good at. I have a belief on their ability. When they play with that kind of freedom, they are an exceptional side. I think it’s a settled group and we’re looking forward to that,’ he added.
Halsall said that he would like to see the Tigers playing exciting cricket in the series.
‘Everyone wants Bangladesh to win games of cricket. Being competitive and play exciting cricket that’s what everyone wants and that’s what we want,’ he said.

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