Gibson urges pacers to stay fit

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:07, Jul 08,2020


A file photo from February 15, 2020 shows Bangladesh pace bowling coach Ottis Gibson (L) giving some tips to pacer Al-Amin Hossain during a training session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. — BCB photo

Bangladesh team’s pace bowling coach Ottis Gibson boosted the morale of the national team pacers and gave them pointers on how to keep fit through a virtual meeting on Wednesday.

Cricketing shutdown in Bangladesh has been going on for more than 100 days, with first-class cricketers forced to stay out of the cricket field, not even being allowed to train outdoors due to the rapid spread of the COVID-19 virus in the country.

Every foreign member of national team’s coaching staff are currently staying at their respective countries but they were still keeping in touch with their charges by providing them inputs through video conferencing or by using one different social media platforms.

As part of this process, pace bowling coach Gibson held a video conference on Wednesday to talk with the pacers and there he told the pacers to not lose patience and to continue working hard on fitness while staying indoors.

The former West Indies cricketer, who worked as a coach for teams like England, South Africa and his home side West Indies, assured the pacers that they will regain their old rhythm in no time if they maintain their fitness right now, said a Bangladesh team pacer who sought anonymity.

‘Don’t think that you are going to lose your skills as you are not bowling regularly. Just keep yourselves fit. If you are fit, within two weeks of starting the training you will reach the level,’ Gibson advised the pacers according to that player.

Gibson also pointed out some drills for the pacers to carry out at home and assured his pupils that he will remain in constant touch with them.

Earlier, national team’s head coach Russell Domingo had also held a similar online meeting with the batsmen where batting coach Neil Mackenzie and fielding coach Ryan Cook were also present.

The pacers had been following the instructions of the coach and the board’s health guidelines since they were forced into sabbatical.

Recently, pacers Abu Jayed and Khaled Ahmed had availed the opportunity provided by the Bangladesh Cricket Board of borrowing training equipments from its facilities when they issued some gym gear from Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. 

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