We Want To Do Better In The Powerplay: Ashwell Prince

Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - We want to do better in the powerplay: Ashwell Prince. He returned scores of 5 and 6 against Scotland and Oman respectively in the T20 WC.

We Want To Do Better In The Powerplay: Ashwell PrinceHe returned scores of 5 and 6 against Scotland and Oman respectively in the T20 WC.

Ashwell Prince, Bangladesh's batting coach, backs out-of-form Liton Kumar Das to do well in the ongoing T20 WC. Liton's form is a big concern for Bangladesh considering he just managed 86 runs together in the 10 T20 matches he played this year. He returned scores of 5 and 6 against Scotland and Oman respectively, while he scored 10, 6, 15, 33, 10, 6, 4, 0, 6, 4 in the previous eight T20I innings.

With Naim Sheikh cementing his place in his comeback game against Oman after being dropped against Scotland, there is fierce competition between two out-of-form openers Liton and Soumya Sarkar to open the innings, though the latter managed to score some runs in the warm-up game.

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo insisted, however, that he is a big fan of a right-hand-left-hand combination and probably that puts Liton ahead of Soumya in the pecking order. Prince, who has been spending a lot of time with Liton since joining the Bangladesh national team, felt that probably the right-handed batsman is feeling the pressure of ‘most talented batsman of his generation' tag.

“I think at the moment he (Liton) wants to get a start,” said Prince. “He batted really nicely in the warm-up match two weeks ago against Oman A. He hasn't had a big score since then,” said Prince on Wednesday (October 20) pointing at the half-century he made against Oman A during their preparation camp. “I think when you are labelled as the best batsman in your generation, sometimes it can be a burden on your shoulders,” he said.

“He is a fantastically talented player. I think everyone is waiting for him to burst out and be the player that we know he can be. All the coaches are trying to assist him as much as possible. We believe in him. We trust him. Hopefully, there will be a bigger stage in a week's time to express himself. If you want to be a big player who goes up against all the other big players in the world, you have to adapt to any situation,” he added.

Against Oman, Mushfiqur came out to bat at No.8; Prince suggested that Mushfiqur Rahim and others don't have an issue when it comes to a change in the batting order as they are well aware that it is done for the betterment of the team.

“Every player should be prepared to be in a flexible batting line-up. We have had these discussions in team meetings. These days there are so many stats, but the players have to make their own decisions in the middle. The coach is entitled to have a flexible line-up. The players are open about it,” said Prince adding that though their batting in the powerplay is a concern, they must admit that their opponent bowled really well in their first two games of the qualifying round.

“We want to do better in the powerplay. At the end of the day, as much as you want to impose your game plan, you have to respect the opposition. I think particularly against Oman, their opening bowlers were very good. They both had shape on the ball. Good discipline. They were aggressive in the field. It doesn't matter whether it is a superstar delivering the ball or a lesser-known name, when someone delivers a ball with shape on it, you have to respect it. Oman and Scotland were both outstanding,” he said.

Bangladesh will take on PNG in their last qualifying game and if they manage to beat PNG and Oman lose to Scotland, NRR will not come into the picture, and Bangladesh will qualify to the Super 12s along with Scotland. If Bangladesh beat PNG by three runs or more, they will qualify even if Scotland lose by the bare minimum margin of one run as Bangladesh would end with a higher NRR than Scotland with three teams tied on four points each. But if Bangladesh fall short by one run against PNG, Bangladesh would need Scotland to beat Oman by at least five runs (after both score 150 batting first) for them to sneak in by virtue of a better NRR than Oman after three teams get tied on two points each.

“We have studied the equation. The margin between Scotland, Oman and Bangladesh isn't great. Yesterday's result helped us a bit. We have the equation within our team. The players know what to do. Unfortunately, we play the first game tomorrow, so we will have to apply pressure on Scotland and Oman,” he concluded.

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