In pace heaven of South African wickets, Bangladesh fast bowlers showed miserable fast bowling display in both Test matches along with the first one day international match. Defending a competitive total of 279 runs, no Bangladesh bowlers could emerge with a single success.
Though Bangladesh fast bowling coach Courtney Walsh is under criticism, former coach Sarwar Imran pointed out to the defaults of the system through which Bangladesh cricket is running.
“If you have to find out the weakness, deficiency and limitations of fast bowling in Bangladesh, you have to scrutiny some relevant and subordinate causes for it. It is useless to think only of a coach’s fault and coaching method’s defaults. You have to keep in mind that what we are observing now in our fast bowling department, this weakness in the negative effect of a long term wrong planning,” Sarwar Imran said.
The coach of the first Test of Bangladesh pointed out to the rehabilitation process of pacers as a ‘bad practice’, “Look, there have been a bad practice running in Bangladesh pace bowling for last several years. Each time a pacer recovered from some kind of injuries, he went straight to the national team after rehabilitation without practicing playing three or four day domestic matches.”
Sarwar Imran also disagreed with sayings that Bangladesh bowlers actually cannot interpret Courtney Walsh’s instructions due to language barrier.
He said, “Bowlers need not to know very good English or talk better with Walsh. Pacers would understand even a dumb coach because while coaches train, they show the learners with practical gripping of a ball and so. What would happen placing hand over a particular seam position or when to bowl in which line and length. Whatever language a coach say, these things are gettable for learners indeed.”
Sarwar Imran also reckoned the less demand of pacers in the domestic league as one of the reasons behind suffering of Bangladesh bowlers in foreign soil.
“We play in the domestic leagues, especially in Dhaka league with a single pacer. Even national league or BPL matches also witness two pacers in maximum. These bowlers hardly get any chance to bowl full quota of overs. Even in international cricket, we play Test or ODI matches at home with a single or two pacers. These cultures lessening the demands of fast bowlers in the country,” Sarwar Imran added.