Bangladesh local players don’t understand Gibbs
Former South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs is currently in Bangladesh to coach the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) franchise Sylhet Thunder. However, he is faced with difficulties in his current job as the local Bangladeshi players don’t understand English properly.
In his latest interview, the former Protea cricketer expressed his disappointment and said it was tough for him to make points most of the time. He said, “About local players, a lot of them don’t understand English. So it’s difficult for me to make points all the time. It’s a frustrating thing. When I talk with them I can see that they are listening but they are not really syncing in.”
“Language barrier is an issue. I would love to be able to speak to players like this, like I am speaking to you now, and hope they can understand every word. Unfortunately, that’s not the case and it’s frustrating,” he added.
Another former South African cricketer Neil McKenzie also has been working with Bangladeshi local players for a while now. But Gibbs is doubtful whether the players are actually getting from him because of language difficulties.
“I am not sure how they understand McKenzie when he is coaching them (smiles). He is from South Africa and I am also from there. He (McKenzie) is also trying to improve them. I know McKenzie is a good coach and the players will learn a lot from him. But I don’t know how much players are actually getting from him. Maybe I have to, you know, learn a new language before I come here next year (smiles),” Gibbs concluded.