The special training camp, with the participation of 14 Bangladesh pacers and five batsmen, got underway Friday under the supervision of Tigers’ pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka.
The Tigers will undergo intensive training before travelling to Sri Lanka for the tri-nation T20I series also involving India. The tri-series is scheduled to begin in Colombo on March 6.
The BCB arranged the camp after the Tigers suffered defeats in the tri-series ODI final, two-match Test and T20I series, all against the Lankans at home.
Meanwhile, five Bangladesh cricketers – Shakib al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal, Sabbir Rahman, Mahmudullah and Mustafizur Rahman - are currently in the UAE for the Pakistan Super League T20.
It is understood that the quintet will fly directly to Sri Lanka from the UAE.
In the meantime, Walsh spoke to the media during the opening day of the camp. Here are the excerpts:
Hard to bounce back
We have to do some work. We didn’t do too well at home. We have a very challenging series in Sri Lanka so it is best for us to hit the ground running. We have to forget about what happened in the last series and focus on the one coming up now.
Young players didn’t perform
I don’t think we performed as a team. Young guns and senior players, everybody have to pull their weight. As a team we didn’t execute as well as we could have, or should have. It is something we have to focus on. We have to get everybody to play their role as best as they can for the benefit of the team.
We have some senior players who have done extremely well. We want them to continue doing that. The youngsters should grab the opportunities with both hands.
Focus of training camp
This is just to focus on consistency. We haven’t bowled as consistently as we would have liked so this camp is to focus on that. They have to understand their roles in the upcoming role. The camp is also to make them know what fast bowling is all about, and the hard work that is required. It is a combination of both. We are trying to keep it simple. We are focused on the consistency, working on the skill-set and get a better understanding of it.
We are working on the mental side of bowling in the camp. They back themselves and keep it simple. In my assessment, that’s what has happened in the last series. The guys went a little bit over the top in terms of trying a bit too hard. They have to know what best to do in a situation and how to execute it. If they get the consistency, eight out of 10 times it will work in your favour. We are trying to get them to be consistent and remain relaxed with the execution.
Pacers in Sri Lanka
This camp is for the pacers to learn as much as they can in any condition they are playing, and to focus on executing. We have to be ready for anything. This camp is for us to focus on our skills and we have to do and how we can get it done for the benefit of the Bangladesh team. Anywhere we play, we have to have the skills and execute it.
It is the first time I am seeing some of these guys properly. To look at them was to assess them and see what they have. Over the next few days, we will be doing specific work on individuals. They have to improve on their departments. If they are weak in any department, we will work on it. If they are strong, we will get them to be stronger. It is to develop the overall skill of the player. At the end of the day, I am here to make Bangladesh cricket as best as it can be, and for the bowlers to be a lot more consistent.
Mashrafe [bin Mortaza] can’t be replaced overnight. He has the skill and experience. These youngsters can reach that level over time but they have to be prepared to do the hard work to improve their skills. We are trying to identify some young bowlers at the end of the young or after two or three weeks.
Mashrafe in T20Is
It is up to the powers-that-be. He has a good skill-set. It is up to the Mashrafe and selectors to think about what role he can play to help Bangladesh team in this point in time. I am sure he will do the right thing if he is asked and he thinks he can do it. I am not surprised because he is a talented guy.
Tri-nation series decent, T20Is not so good
It was not just in the T20Is, in the ODIs as well. But it shows a lot more in the shorter version. It is a more aggressive form of cricket. We are looking to work on their consistency in this camp. In the last couple of home games, they were not where we wanted them to be. If we can keep improving in those areas, I think it will be better for us.