Afghan stint will help me here: Langeveldt

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 22,2019


Charl Langeveldt

Bangladesh’s newly-appointed pace bowling coach Charl Langeveldt on Wednesday said that he believed that his stint with Afghanistan national team would help him work better with his new charges.

Langeveldt, who was Afghanistan’s pace bowling coach during the ICC World Cup 2019, replaced West Indies legend Courtney Walsh as Bangladesh’s new pace bowling coach.

The 44-year old former South African pacer found himself in a similar situation to his last international coaching stint, as Bangladesh much like Afghanistan rely more on their spinners rather than pacers for success.

Langeveldt said he was keen on finding seamers who could perform for Bangladesh outside the sub-continent across all three formats.

‘That’s a challenge when I coached Afghanistan as well. That’s a challenge there. If you can rectify that and if you can strike with the new ball I think you can be lucky for the spinners and you will compete a lot more in terms of Test cricket,’ Langeveldt said in a press-conference in Mirpur.

‘The challenge for me is to find seamers who can bowl outside Bangladesh. They can bowl at good conditions in South Africa and Australia. If you look at India now they have got three seamers and they can win games in South Africa and Australia. We have to find seamers somehow so when we go to those conditions abroad we can compete.

‘I think it can be a small thing and a technical thing if you look at Fizz [Mustafizur Rahman]. He is the type of guy who can swing the ball into the left-hander. So that’s a technical thing and as well as tactical. New ball is important for one-day cricket and even in Test cricket,’ he added.

Langeveldt was expecting another similar challenge of language barrier in Bangladesh but said he was ready for this challenge also.

‘It was a challenge for me with Afghanistan as well. I have found if you work one on one with a player than he tends to open up more than in a group situation. Having the experience in Afghanistan where the players would say yes but didn’t understand I have experienced this.

‘I have kind of knowing how to deal with it. I want to work one on one with a player. Make sure if he doesn’t understand to bring someone to make him understand. Slow it down and not speak so fast and listen what he is going to say.

‘And then build the relationship because it’s important to have a relationship with your fast bowlers. Even if that means to speak about his family and how he is more comfortable. We have to understand that he is welcome to come into my room and if required we will have an interpreter. I know it’s a challenge but it is something I am looking forward to,’ he added.

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