Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Mortaza helps Bangladesh pacers ahead of T20 WC. Mortaza was seen working with Soumya Sarkar and Taskin Ahmed at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Mortaza was seen working with Soumya Sarkar and Taskin Ahmed at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.
Bangladesh have a slightly tricky road before the Super 12 stage of the T20 WC. While they should ease to the second stage of the tournament with ease, they'll play Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman in Group.
While the team is set to miss the practice match in Oman before the World Cup, they are leaving no stones unturned to ramp up their preparations. Mashrafe Mortaza, the former captain, is working with the bowlers to help them prepare. “Mashrafe bhai was showing us some bowling grips that can be used to deliver cutters and slower,” Soumya Sarkar told Cricbuzz after a session with the pacer.
Taskin Ahmed too spent some time learning different variations. “I asked bhaiya to give me some time because though I am improving in pace and swing but I wanted to improve my slower balls as I am lagging behind compared to pace and swing,” he said. “I was telling bhaiya that I want to improve my slower ball. He showed me some grip today and told me that everyone has a different action and showed me things I can try.
“I am happy that he showed me some grip for cutters and it looked good to me and I am sure if I can execute it in the middle it will be beneficial for me. He mainly showed me two or three grips and said that you cannot work on so many things at a time and suggested me to try some cutters.”
Taskin, however, clarified he's not looking to sacrifice his pace even though he's learning to use the variations. “I cannot bowl like Mustafizur and he is a cutter master. I am not ready to compromise on my pace. It's about adding new things in my skillset,” Taskin pointed out.
“I used to bowl cutter before but it used to go straight and in Mirpur, it was not gripping. Today some of it was gripping and I am sure if I am able to learn it that will be a good option for me.”
With MS Dhoni appointed mentor of the Indian team for the T20 WC, there were suggestions that Mortaza too could take up a similar role. The pacer, busy because of his schedule as a member of parliament, however wasn't offered a role from the Bangladesh Cricket Board.
“We didn't offer him any such role as no cricketers wanted it,” BCB cricket operation chairman Akram Khan told Cricbuzz.
Bangladesh will start their campaign against Scotland on October 17 before taking on Oman and PNG on October 19 and 21 respectively.