Cook questions Tigers’ basics

Staff Correspondent | Published: 00:00, Aug 25,2019


Bangladesh cricket team’s fielding coach Ryan Cook (L) gives some tips to Mominul Haque and Soumya Sarkar during a training session at Mirpur on Saturday. — BCB photo

Fielding coach Ryan Cook on Saturday said that the lack of basics in the fielding of the Bangladeshi players had made the job tougher for the coaches but they were trying to solve the problem.

Fielding has been a major area of concern for the Tigers in the last couple of months as they did fumble on quite several occasions, which cost Bangladesh dearly in several important matches.

‘There are some errors in the basics and we are trying to fix that as much as possible,’ Cook told reporters in Mirpur after completing the first fielding session in the conditioning camp.

‘We had lots of good game in the World Cup but in a couple of matches we slipped, a couple of chances that went down. And the guys know that, so we are trying to improve those aspects,’ he said.  

Bangladesh made several fielding errors during the World Cup, which played a big role in the Tigers not being able to qualify in the semi-final round of the tournament despite starting on a positive note.   

From Mushfiqur Rahim’s wicketkeeping blunder against New Zealand to Tamim Iqbal’s drop of Rohit Sharma in the initial period of a do-or-die match against India Bangladesh demonstrated a poor fielding effort before they ended up in the eighth place.

Bangladesh’s lethargic fielding effort continued in Sri Lanka tour also when they made several costly drops and the poor ground fielding also did not help as they lost the three-match one-day international series 0-0.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board high-up also was annoyed with the poor-fielding effort of the Tigers in those matches and sought an explanation from Cook, one of the two coaching to staffs to hold the job in post-World Cup reshuffle.

 ‘It’s [improving the basic] not easy but all the coaches are doing that. Everyone [coaches] needs to work on the [players] basics because that’s fundamental to win games. So from that perspective, it’s not easy but that’s what we need to do.

‘Basics take a long time to get right. It doesn’t come overnight. So we need to work on those basics for a long period of time to get them right.

‘And some players have shown good stride in terms of improving some of the aspects of the game. So I’m just trying to improve every aspect to improve from one level to next level,’ he added.

South African Cook, who joined Bangladesh national team coaching set-up in July last year, also lamented the inconsistency of the players in catching, which often let them down.

 ‘I think it has [catching] been inconsistent. We had some really good catches in the World Cup and during the Sri Lanka series. But catching has to be consistent. And that’s where we will be focusing on next couple of days,’ he said.

Cook rated Bangladesh’s standard of fielding as ‘mid-table’ but wanted to see his charges to be in top three fielding sides in the near future.

‘I would say [we are] probably at mid-table in the fielding. We had good chance to see ourselves at a neutral condition during the World Cup. And we found, probably we are at the middle of the pack.

‘I would like to us in top three, we can definitely make it start to become the top three fielding sides in the world,’ he said.

‘In Twenty20, we would probably have 6.5 out of 10 at the moment. In one-dayers, 7.5 and in Test cricket 7 out of ten. There is obviously a lot of room to improve but there are a lot of areas we are doing well too,’ he added.

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