Bangladesh need more tours: McKenzie

Bangladesh need more tours: McKenzie

South Africa batting coach Neil McKenzie has suggested Bangladesh to travel more in tougher conditions like South Africa or Australia to succeed in overseas. [দেশের বাইরে টাইগারদের বেশি খেলার তাগিদ ম্যাকেঞ্জির]

Bangladesh last toured South Africa in 2008. After nine years, Bangladesh are struggling a lot to find their rhythm in Proteas’ den after losing all four matches (2 Tests and 2 ODIs) by big margins. McKenzie said that everyone needs to step up.

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“It’s hard coming to South Africa. A lot of sub-continent sides struggled in South Africa with that extra pace and bounce. I thought our bowlers really came hard against the Bangladesh batsmen throughout the Test and ODI series so far. There is some good performances, like Mushfiqur’s [Rahim] hundred in Kimberley. And there were a couple of fifties in Paarl. So there were good signs for Bangladesh. But when you are playing against South Africa away, then one or two performance is not enough. You need the whole squad to step up and play good cricket,” he told the reporters at Buffalo Park, East London on Friday.

The former South African believes tours in Australia or South Africa will help the Bangladeshi batsmen to overcome fear and adjust to conditions.

“A lot of batsmen in Bangladesh side are young and trying to establish themselves in international cricket. I don’t think they have traveled Australia or South Africa enough. I think the biggest thing of them will be to tour in Australia or South Africa, get used to the bounce, quicker wickets and aggression factor.

“In sub-continent you will find the spin challenge. But in South Africa or Australia you will face the aggression and fear factor about pace and bounce. That’s the number one stepping stone that the Bangladeshi batsmen have to get over.”

McKenzie suggested U-19 or Bangladesh A tours in alien conditions will help in future. Bangladesh A had a tour in South Africa two years back.

“More tours can be like U-19 tours, more Academy tours, more sort of Bangladesh A team tours. That can be the solution of getting used to these conditions and playing better in future,” he explained.


-Ruffin, Correspondent,

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