Kirsten optimistic about Bangladesh
Kirsten has been appointed to find Bangladesh’s new coach ahead of next year’s 50-over World Cup and T20 World Cup in 2020. The South African will be involved with the Bangladesh in some capacity till the World Cup.
Kirsten yesterday (Monday) talked to three seniors — Tamim Iqbal, Mushfiqur Rahim and Mashrafe Bin Mortaza. On his second day of three-day tour, he had sessions with Soumya Sarkar, Sabbir Rahman and selectors. He also met prominent local coach Salahuddin before his meeting with BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon.
Kirsten is impressed with Bangladesh’s mixture of senior cricketers and youngsters. He will make sure coaching structures are in right path to create stability among players.
“[Assessing] Every team is a big challenge but I think this team has great potential and it has had success against big team recently. It’s a good group of senior players with some talented young players coming through. So, I think trying to create some stability within the group and making sure the coaching structures are in place [is the intention],” Kirsten told reporters.
The former India and South Africa coach believes that the Tigers can compete at the top level.
“I have no doubt that this team can compete at the highest levels and I think there is every intention to set some lofty goals in terms of what they want to do over the next 18 months or so.
“There is a belief that they can compete at the highest levels and as I said, they have a real goal to do really well,” he added.