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Vaas asks young cricketers to enjoy the game

  • Published at 03:27 pm August 20th, 2019
File photo of Chaminda Vaas during training in Mirpur in his days as a Sri Lanka Emerging Team coach Dhaka Tribune

Chaminda Vaas praised the home side as he believes the young Bangladeshis have the ability to hit back despite a massive loss

Sri Lankan legend and coach of the visiting Sri Lankan Emerging Team, Chaminda Vaas said he is content with his charges, and asked them to enjoy their cricket. 

Sri Lanka Emerging Team clinched a huge 186-run win against Bangladesh Emerging Team in the first match of the three-game unofficial ODI series, and the host will be in a must-win situation Wednesday at BKSP in the second match. 

“Boys are enjoying here and they do the homework properly. And I am pretty sure the boys will do well when it comes to the second one-day. It is up to them to go to the middle and perform and enjoy the game and do the right things for Sri Lanka cricket,” said Vaas in Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium academy ground Tuesday. 

The former fast bowler also praised the home side as he believes the young Bangladeshis have the ability to hit back despite a massive loss.

“Every team can go through it. I am pretty sure they will come back strongly. They are not taking things lightly. The best team will win the series. I can see a lot of skill and talent. They need to develop their fitness. Not only Bangladesh, but Sri Lankan boys should also come up. They are young, 21- or 22-year old. They need to develop their fitness level,” said the Sri Lankan, who got more than 750 international wickets. 

On the other hand, Bangladesh Emerging Team coach Simon Helmot was disappointed with the show of his disciples, but urged them to fight back.

“I am just disappointed with the aspect of the application, very disappointed that we didn't finish in the last 10 overs. We had a good discussion on the last day. They are still learning, still deviling the game sense and skills in a pressure situation against quality opposition. We want to see improvement in the next game in the three departments - with the ball, bat and high intensity in the field,” said Helmot.

The Australian informed that Bangladesh ODI captain Mashrafe bin Mortaza discussed with the players and encouraged them. 

Helmot said the result is secondary but the process of development is paramount for the budding talents, and consistency and drive for success may lead them to the top. 

“They are very driven so they are able to motivate themselves. But what we need is work out hard and prepare for the next game,” said Helmot.

“I want to see more consistency. You know, you can knock the door of the national team with runs, wickets and catches. We have seen some glimpses. When a player scores heavily then they will have their chance. We must remember winning is very important but more important is to give the boys match experiences so that they can perform under pressure. They should think not just about the selection in the national team but perform also. Players like [Mohammad] Mithun scored heavily and got the chance in the national side, Liton Das, Saifuddin, and we have seen guys like Naim Sheikh, Afif [Hossain], [Aminul Islam] Biplob, Mishu, they performed and showed they have the potential. They can be more consistent and ready for the national team,” said Helmot.

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