Height not just a problem for Tigers

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:05, Aug 12,2018

 
 

A file photo from March 14, 2017 shows Bangladesh pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh (C) giving some tips to seamers Kamrul Islam (L), Subashis Roy and Taskin Ahmed during a training session. — AFP photo

Pace bowler Kamrul Islam on Saturday said that Bangladesh should give its concentration on developing the skills of the seamers rather than looking out for gangling bowlers to get better performances in the overseas conditions.
During the last two-match Test series against West Indies, Bangladeshi pace bowling attack failed to offer any challenge to the Caribbean batsmen in a seam-friendly condition, which, coupled with batting failure, culminated in two humiliating defeats.
On the same wickets, where West Indies pacers - Shannon Gabriel, Kemar Roach, Jason Holder – gave Bangladesh batsmen sweats, the Tigers’ pace-trio Rubel Hossain, debutant Abu Jayed and Kamrul had no clue whatsoever to put the opposition under any kind of pressures.
After the arrival in Dhaka, Bangladesh head coach Steve Rhodes urged to get taller and faster bowlers in the country, particularly for Test cricket, though Kamrul had different thought on that matter.
‘I think the most important thing is to develop our skills,’ Kamrul told reporters in Mirpur.
‘We need to play according to the situations. I think with the same height, we can do well. It is not possible for us to get the tall bowlers like West Indies do. We are genetically less-tall. If we have to seek out these bowlers, we have to bring them from West Indies.
‘I hope that we can perform well with the same height and will be able to win matches for the team,’ he added.
The Tigers had to rely mostly on their spinners in the Caribbean surfaces despite having three seamers in the first Test in Antigua and two pacers for the second Test in Jamaica.
In the first Test, the pace-trio bowled 63.3 overs together where West Indies played 137.3 overs in the first innings and in the second Test Jayed and Kamrul bowled only 38 overs (28 in the first innings, 10 in the second) together in their total 157 overs in the match.
Rookie seamer Jayed bagged seven wickets in two Tests whereas Kamrul and Rubel remained wicket-less in the tour and gave plenty of runs.
Kamrul revealed that the problem generated in the domestic leagues where pacers get less number of opportunities and that persisted in international levels also.
‘When we play in the national league and BCL, we get less number of opportunities to bowl. At the end of the day it is seen that a pacer could hardly bowl 12 to 13 overs whereas spinners bowl 35 to 36 overs.
‘When we bowl at that less number on such wickets and weather, our learning opportunity often get lessen. When we got good number of wickets, only then we got chances to bowl in good numbers,’ he added.
Kamrul, who got only eight wickets in seven Test matches, however, was optimistic that Bangladeshi pacers would be able to deliver better performance in near future.
‘We had less opportunity before but now the situation is changing. In last few years, we are getting good number of wickets in domestic levels. The venues are increasing and I am hopeful that we will be able to show improved performances in coming days,’ he said.

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