Young Bangladesh spinners please Vettori

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:57, Feb 26,2020


Bangladesh leg-spinner Aminul Islam (C) bowls as spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori (L) looks on during a training session at the National Cricket Academy ground in Mirpur on Wednesday.— BCB photo

Bangladesh spin bowling coach Daniel Vettori was pleased to see some of the youngsters and predicted a bright future for them after working with the group for the first time on Wednesday.

Vettori spent a couple of hours with left-arm spinners Hasan Murad, Tanvir Islam, Nazmul Islam and leg-spinner Aminul Islam in Mirpur before showering them with praise.

‘They are very skilled. And that’s the very highly pleasing thing. I mean they are on the skill level like these guys [national spinners] have,’ Vettori told reporters after the training session. 

‘If you look at the likes of Nayeem [Hasan] couple of years ago he was a player of Under-19s. It’s good to see how quickly he has developed and how skilful he is. So I’m pretty lucky that I get to work with such good bowlers,’ he said.

This was the first time Vettori got the chance to work with the spinners outside the national team as the Bangladesh Cricket Board recently decided use him differently than how it had planned initially.

Vettori joined the Tigers in November on 100-day deal upto the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in Australia later this year.

Initially it was planned that he would work with the national players during the series but the BCB recently said it was working to change his agreement in order to get the maximum output from the experienced former player.

As part of the plan young players were invited to work with Vettori, which the former Kiwi skipper said he had enjoyed very much.

‘I think it’s just about getting fuel for the young Bangladeshi spinners coming through, getting to meet role in here is to help out not only the international players but also the young developing guys,’ he said. 

‘Actually not huge amount to change around, just giving them some experience, just giving them some understanding of how they can be a little bit better. Majority of them have good knowledge of they have to perform,’ he said.

Vettori was confident all of these spinners would improve and took the opportunity to praise his young disciple Nayeem, who has two five-wicket hauls in his collection before he turned 20.

‘Spinners don’t mature until they are lot later. There are not many spinners who can do what Nayeem done. He has done it in such a young age...So I think these guys are really talented spinners and they can always get better,’ he said.

Nayeem played a key role in Bangladesh’s win over Zimbabwe in the recent Test match, picking up nine wickets, including 5-82 in the second innings.

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