Ahead of Bangladesh’s big match against India in the semifinal of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Thursday (June 15) in Edgbaston, Birmingham, their coach Chandika Hathurusighe has reckoned that the players should treat the match as a “big opportunity to express themselves rather than a big match”. [নিউজটি বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ পরিবর্তন হচ্ছে না সাব্বিরে ব্যাটিং অর্ডার]
“It’s not a very big game but a very big opportunity. If we take it like that, it would be good for us. Any cricketer thrives on these opportunities. That’s why sportsmen love these games. That’s my message to all cricketers — junior or senior. Grab this opportunity with both hands,” he said after Bangladesh’s practice session at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
Sri Lankan coach Kumar Dharmasena will be one of the on-field umpires to oddiciate the match between Bangladesh and India. This is the same man who gave birth to many controversies during Bangladesh’s home Test series against England last year by producing wrong decisions one after another.
So, quite naturally, one Bangladeshi journalist asked the coach as to what he felt about the Sri Lankan coach’s presence in the match. But Hathurusinghe chose a rather diplomatic path, as he said: “No comments on umpires’ appointments. What happened in the past is past,” he said.
Hathurusinghe also thinks there is no feeling of revenge in the Bangladeshi players’ mind, that was first which was aggravated by those “Mauka Mauka” advertisements that gained eyeballs during the 2015 World Cup.
“There’s no feeling of revenge. It’s about playing a good game against a very good Indian team. A win would give us a lot of confidence. We are thinking about winning and giving our best,” insisted the coach.