Salahuddin thinks Bangladesh cricketers are behind mentally
After the win against Dhaka Dominators in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Comilla Victorians coach Salahuddin spoke about the cricketers of the country and abroad in the press conference.
Khan Mutasim Billah LifeEditor
After the win against Dhaka Dominators in the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), Comilla Victorians coach Salahuddin spoke about the cricketers of the country and abroad in the press conference. "There is one fundamental difference. Our boys are less capable of playing big shots. You have to accept that. There are very few cricketers who can play big shots. Mentally, I would say some players are different. Those who play at the top level. Their mentality is different,” he said.
Citing the example of Rizwan, he added, "We have 2-4 players who have a very strong mentality. The rest of the players are not that strong. If I talk about our Rizwan, you can't imagine his level of dedication. The way he thinks about the game, the way he organizes himself or keeps the team going - very few cricketers have that level of dedication."
Salahuddin feels that although the coach can give advice on technical matters, the coach has little to do in improving the mental condition of the cricketer. It's the cricketer's 'own thing' - he further said, "There's not that much of a difference. Something I think is thinking or seeing yourself in a bigger place or organizing yourself or taking yourself forward - that's entirely up to you. We have a little gap in that."
"Let me give an example. In other countries, if someone scores 10,000 runs in international cricket, you will see him anywhere - put in the commentary or coaching panel. Will anyone take my country boy? Will anyone offer? I doubt it. If someone scores 10,000 runs, everything will be at a very high level, starting with the talks. He is expected to become a great coach himself.”
However, Salahuddin is not only giving this responsibility to the players. Coaches failed to teach the cricketers, "There is no point in blaming the players. We who are coaching also have a lot to blame. We ourselves may not have taught them that way. We are spoon-feeding most of the boys. They (players) have never been independent and we didn't even give them a chance."