For ensuring the pipeline of the national team, Bangladesh Cricket Board put best of efforts to train rising cricketers of Under-19 team hence appointed Mithun Manhas, the right handed Chennai Super Kings cricketer as the new batting consultant.
On his arrival to Dhaka, Manhas said he will work towards improving the batting skill and mental strength of young talents in Bangladesh.
“My task will be to enhance batting skills of cricketers; moreover to raise them as good cricketers, my servitude would go to development of mental skills also. I want to see the young cricketers of this team in the national team and play in the highest position of international cricket,” Manhas said.
Being familiar with the capital of Bangladesh, Manhas reckoned it as an added advantage to his work, “Yes, it’s definitely an advantage for me. I had played for Abahani and Mohammedan for several seasons. I know many things here and to my pleasure, boys understand Hindi and can talk Hindi like me.”
BCB’s contact with Manhas, however, extend up to 2019 from the October, 2017 assenting the Under-19 World Cup which is going to kick off in three months from now on, as the first mission of the Indian coach.
“Listen, when you are in the battle field, it is not wise to take anything lightly,” Manhas said.
“The work to do within the field is always tough and improvement is a continuous process,” he added.
In recent past, Bangladesh Under-19 underwent a 3-1 series defeat against Afghanistan Under-19 that has been criticized in the media since then.
Manhas said, “It’s not right to judge their ability considering the results of three matches. It could happen sometimes. I request all of you to keep supporting them; they are very young; creating such pressures upon them will crack their confidence level in future.”
38 year old Mithun Manhas played in domestic level of India successfully; he was a prolific fielder along with a good batsman.
Playing 244 first class innings, Manhas scored 9714 runs, missing narrowly the elite club of ten thousand run scorer.
He scored 27 centuries and 49 half centuries in first class cricket. In his 130 match List A career, Manhas registered 4126 runs beside his name with 5 centuries and 26 half centuries.
Manhas also played 91 domestic T20 matches. He has a run bucket of 1170 in the shortest format of the game with a single fifty.
Despite being a naive bowler, Mithun Manhas has the record of taking 70 wickets in his career.