West Indies’ legendary pacer Curtly Ambrose believed that his former partner Courtney Walsh could offer a lot of more things about fast bowling to Bangladeshi bowlers which might develop their game.
Walsh, another legendary West Indies pacer, has been in charge of Bangladesh pace-bowling department since September 2016 and ever since his joining the Bangladeshi brigade, the pace-bowling unit had had mixed result.
Ambrose and Walsh formed a formidable partnership during the 1990s and brought much success to West Indies cricket through their sheer pace and accuracy in bowling that made them one of the mist lethal pace bowling pairs of all time.
Ambrose, who took 405 Test wickets and 225 one-day internationals wickets in his career, hoped that Walsh might stay with Bangladesh which would help them to know more about fast-bowling.
‘Courtney Walsh is a legend. He’s got a lot of knowledge in terms of fast bowling,’ the 55-year old told reporters on the side line of Bangladesh v West Indies match at Taunton on Monday.
‘He can only serve the Bangladeshi bowlers for the future. As long as they’re willing to learn, he’s got a lot to offer. So I am sure that these guys will get better as long as Courtney’s there.
Terming Walsh as a very good friend of him, Ambrose refused to draw any comparison between two of them.
‘Walshie [Walsh] is a very good friend of mine. Everyone knows that we were great as a bowling partnership and we maintain our friendship and we are like brothers, so I won’t talk about him as a bowler, we all know what kind of a bowler he was. We all know what kind of a bowler I was, so there is nothing to talk about, myself or him,’ he added.
Ambrose hailed Bangladesh’s development as a cricketing nation but believed there were still some areas to improve for them to get more success in the sport.
‘Their cricket has improved. When they came into international cricket first, everyone used to beat up on them, but now they are a much better cricket team,’ Ambrose said.
‘They are very competitive, especially in the ODIs and T20Is. They’ve still got a bit of work to do in the Test matches because over five days is a long time. But they are much more competitive and teams who are playing against them nowadays, it’s not an easy walk over like before.
‘For instance, West Indies, the last nine games we played against Bangladesh, Bangladesh have won seven, so that says a lot. So they’re not easy pushovers for any team these days, but there’s still room for improvement,’ he added.
Ambrose, however, admitted that West Indies’ lacklustre state really hurt him a lot but he was hopeful they might have a bright future ahead with lot of talents are coming out.
‘Once upon a time you were the best team in the world for many, many years. And to see your cricket struggling at the moment, of course it hurts,’ the former right-arm pacer said.
‘I used to play. I know what it’s like to be the best team. But the talent is still there, but we just need better structure so that we can nurture the talent. So, as we speak that is being set up. I am hoping that in a few years West Indies will be a force again in world cricket,’ said Ambrose.
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