‘Bangladesh settled than Sri Lanka’

Interim coach Richard Halsall has stated Bangladesh much more settled than struggling Sri Lanka side. He is hopeful with the Tigers.

'Bangladesh settled than Sri Lanka'

Bangladesh will be without a head coach in tri-nation series against Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, and in Test and T20I series against Sri Lanka. Halsall thinks Tigers are exceptional when they are giveb freedom.

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“I think it’s just reminding the players what they are really good at. Because when you go to places like South Africa and other parts, things you are not good at gets exposed. And then you just concentrate on those. And then you come back to where you are strong, you must remember what you are good at.

“They cannot play like a South African or an English player or an Australian. They have got to be Bangladesh players. When they play with the freedom they are an exceptional side,” he said after joining Bangladesh camp on Wednesday.

Bangladesh have been building up as a powerhouse at home with six wins from last seven ODI series. Sri Lanka, on the other hand, continue to struggle as they suffer a poor tour in India recently. Halsall has picked Bangladesh ahead of the Lankans.

“We are playing Sri Lanka who had a tough time playing India just recently. They have had moments in the ODIs against India but have not come through. So Sri Lanka, we know are a good side and got very good players but we are playing here in Mirpur and I think apart form the English side no one has beaten us here in three years or so.

Bangladesh comparatively are a settled side. The head coach leaving is less significant than big players leaving. None of our big players left, none of our young players have left but the coach has left. It’s very different to Sri Lanka, who have lost some of their players like (Lasith) Malinga not getting selected – those type things. We have not got those problems. So I think it’s a very settled group and I look forward to being in their team,” he added.


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