Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Produce better wickets at home: Habibul Bashar's solution to fix batting ills. Bangladesh have struggled with the bat at either ends of the T20 innings.
Bangladesh have struggled with the bat at either ends of the T20 innings.
Bangladesh's selector and former cricketer Habibul Bashar has called for better batting wickets in domestic competitions if the national team is to upgrade as a T20 side. Bangladesh have one foot out of the ongoing T20 WC, having lost each of their three matches in the Super 12 phase, a far cry from the build-up to the tournament where they registered series victories over Australia and New Zealand.
The spin-friendly pitches used in those series have been subject to much criticism since given they didn't quite prepare Mahmudullah's team for the challenges that lay in UAE and Oman.
”There is a lot of talks regarding the wicket of Australia and New Zealand but one must remember that win was also important,” Habibul said on Saturday. ”If we want to do well in T20 we must prepare batting wicket at home. In the domestic T20 tournament we don't get good wicket because we play in the same wicket over and over again and that is why we failed to produce power hitter.
“If we want to improve in this area (producing power hitters), we need to make sure that we produce batting wickets in the domestic T20 tournament,” he added.
Habibul conceded that batting had under-performed at the tournament with no cutting edge at either end of the innings. Barring the game against Papua New Guinea, Bangladesh have struggled both in the PowerPlay and in the death overs. Against West Indies the had a PowerPlay score of 29/2 and 40 in the last five. Those numbers remained fairly similar against England(27/3 and 34), Sri Lanka (41/1 and 42 runs), Oman (29/2 and 33) and Scotland (25/2 and 42)
“Batting is a major concern and our batsmen failed to click throughout the World Cup except for the match against Sri Lanka. We failed to live up to the expectations. We are yet to improve power-play batting that is required to do well if we want to do well in the mega event,” Habibul said.
“We failed to blaze in power hitting in the death and we need some power hitter in the late order. We have to work with power-hitting to make 10 or 12 runs per over in death overs,” he added.
Habibul also commented on the other bug bear of the team at the tournament, the fielding. In the six games so far, Bangladesh have squandered 12 clear-cut chances and the former captain reckoned the problem could be mental.
“We do enough fielding practice. I think it is more important to take psychological stress whenever we play on such a big stage or playing at home ground. Maybe we missed it due to that pressure (mental),” he said.
“But those who put down catches are one of our best fielders. So we need to learn how to handle those pressure situations in crucial moments. We think we should work more regarding the matter,” he said.
Habibul added that there were no grand plans already in the making to remedy the aforementioned ills and that a decision towards that will be taken after the World Cup.
“We are still in World Cup and we have still two matches in hand. Definitely we have some plans about the future but our primary focus is now on next two matches.
”We will get some times in hand after the world cup to think about the matter before Pakistan series. Now we are thinking about the current world cup squad.”