Foreign coaches play a big part behind our success: Akram

Many within the country’s cricket fraternity believe the contribution of our foreign coaches often get more highlighted than that of the players’, and that the coached are always pampered one way or another. But Akram Khan, former Bangladesh captain and now the director of BCB’s game development committee declines the accusation.


“It is not true the way you are presenting it,” Akram said. “You can always tolerate a coach once he is giving you result but it is different being tolerant and pampering. We prefer to give a lot of freedom to our coaches and the culture is not new at all. From time to time we have seen a coach have some likings and disliking and some of our players had to suffer due to that.”

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However, Akram also agrees with the fact that coaches indeed get highlighted. “It is true that our foreign coaches often get highlighted. They always play a big part behind our success. You can have a lot of players but the outcome depends a lot on the coaches because how he interacts with the boys reflects through their performance. I feel Eddie Barlow was a good coach and we had Gordon Greenidge who was a fine mentor. A lot of coaches came later and left and we are now doing well at present under Hathurusinghe.”

Having said that, Akram also believes that it is because of some coaches that Bangladesh suffered greatly from time to time. “We went backward during 2003 due to coaches (like Trevor Chappell). There were also Mohsin Kamal and Ali Zia. It was really a bad time for us during that time. We failed due to their plan as they had nothing to offer us apart from pulling us behind.”

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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