Following a well-deserved break after completing an outstanding World Cup campaign, star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan joined the Tigers’ ongoing training camp at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday.
The Test and T20I skipper, who returned from the United States at midnight, immediately joined the skills camp and was greeted by teammates. Shakib spent some time working on his fitness and later batted in the nets.
The Bangladesh team’s new head coach Russell Domingo and new bowling coach Charl Langeveldt were also present, having overseen the camp since August 19 ahead of the one-off Test against Afghanistan scheduled for next month.
Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) cricket operations committee chairman Akram Khan sat in a meeting with selectors, the coach and captain yesterday and informed that it was a fruitful meeting.
“There have been a lot of changes in our coaching staff since the World Cup so we spoke to the captain, coach and selectors today [Saturday]. We also discussed the home series next month -- what the strengths of the side would be and the conditions. We also chalked out our plans,” Akram told reporters yesterday.
According to Akram, the emphasis of the meeting was about doing well not just at home, but abroad as well. The former captain also expressed satisfaction over the plans made by Domingo.
“We have pressed the issue of doing well both at home and away whereas previously we only emphasised on playing well at home. Now we are looking to do well both home and away so we discussed the role of the selectors and the demands of the captain. There are some aspects we can’t realise, but only feel the importance of when we go abroad. We planned to keep the standard of our game the same, both at home and away. And we are looking to play the way we play at home when we go abroad as well,” he said.
Akram added that it was high time to start providing pace-friendly pitches at home to help the team perform well on overseas tours, where the Bangladesh seamers often fail to prove their worth.
“We have to start [offering pace friendly pitches at home]. We can’t just sit and watch. We have got a new head coach and pace bowling coach after the World Cup, so we have to start,” Akram concluded.