Walsh seeks more chances for youngsters

Staff Correspondent | Updated at 11:47pm on September 08, 2018


Courtney Walsh

Bangladesh national team pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh on Saturday pleaded to the team management to give the young pacers more chance and said if they were not playing more often it might harm their potentiality.
‘A lot of youngsters are coming through. If they don’t get selected to play, you won’t know what they are, it is one of the things we have to look at a little bit more,’ Walsh told the reporters in Mirpur.
‘We can’t be too afraid to give the youngsters a chance to express themselves a bit more…sometimes you have to throw these youngsters in the deep to see what they are made of but if you keep protecting them and say they are not ready, they might never get ready,’ he added.
Talking about the progress of the bowling unit during his time, the West Indian great said, the lack of Test matches had hindered the development process but he believed the Tigers would perform better in the forthcoming Asia Cup.
‘We haven’t had a lot of Test matches, unfortunately we only get chance to play four-day games when we are on tour. There are some good youngsters coming into the team and I am hoping that before my time is up, we can produce some fast bowlers.
‘Unfortunately in the last tour of the West Indies, they didn’t make as much of an impact as I would have liked, hopefully, the guys can give a good account of themselves in the next tournament, I am still hopeful,’ said Welsh.
Welsh defended the youngsters, who got the bad name of showing little hunger in the game, and said the culture of scrapping someone out of the squad after a bad match should be stopped because it wouldn’t help the players.
‘I don’t think they lack the hunger as they haven’t been given that opportunity to play consistently, it is where the difference might come from. Some of the youngsters we have, they need to get a good run, not just one or two games and then get dropped.
‘You can have good and bad matches, I have seen that as soon as you have a bad game, everyone wants you to be dropped, it is not going to help a youngster. All of us can have a bad game, and when that happens, you need to be given a chance to redeem yourself.
‘It is a case of striking the right balance. Youngsters are keen and want to perform at the highest level. They just need to be given a chance,’ Walsh said.
Talking about Asia Cup where Bangladesh are grouped with Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, the Caribbean said the wickets wouldn’t be helpful for the pacers but skipper Mashrafee bin Murtaza could boost the confidence of the team.
‘I don’t think it will be perfect for pacers in the Asia Cup as the wickets in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are normally pretty flat and docile. Everybody wants runs being scored, and it is always a challenge for bowlers.
‘I am very optimistic with Mash leading the attack. He is a very experienced guy. Fizz [Mustafizur Rahman] is coming off with some confidence,’ said Welsh.
Bangladesh will leave for Asia Cup today.