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Langeveldt: Shakib to decide bowling strategy

  • Published at 07:48 pm August 31st, 2019
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Bangladesh's Shakib al Hasan bowls Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Newly appointed national pace bowling coach Charl Langeveldt is busy preparing the available pacers in the 15-member squad in the best way possible for the game, set to start in Chittagong Thursday

Bangladesh’s bowling strategy against Afghanistan in the lone Test match is a call to come to from captain Shakib al Hasan. 

Newly appointed national pace bowling coach Charl Langeveldt is busy preparing the available pacers in the 15-member squad in the best way possible for the game, set to start in Chittagong Thursday.

The national selection panel has declared the squad for the five-dayer, keeping three fast bowling options and almost as many spinners, hinting that they are yet to decide on the strategy.

It has been widely reported that Bangladesh are mulling preparing a green top at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium to cut the strength of the Afghan spinners. 

A final call on the playing XI however, is to come from Tigers Test skipper Shakib, informed Langeveldt.

“I am a fast bowler so I would like to see the fast bowlers playing. But at the end of the day you must understand the conditions and play accordingly. Now if the captain feels that the ball is going to turn, I cannot suggest that you play three seamers. It is up to Shakib,” said Langeveldt to reporters at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.

There is a wide cry of Bangladesh not believing in the pacers in a Test, let be it at home or away. 

Former South Africa pacer Langeveldt said “conditions” would play a big role in team selection and hinted that in Bangladeshi surroundings, the pacers are less preferred.  

“I have come here and played, it is difficult for the seamers. Our [South Africa] seamers struggled when they played the last time they were here. It is up to the captain [Shakib]. If he says he is going to play one seamer it is his decision. For me it is just to prepare the seamers so that they are ready to play if they play,” Langeveldt explained.

The 44-year old Langeveldt, along with national head coach Russell Domingo, took charge of the Bangladesh team on August 21 with their deals running for the next two years. 

Having passed 10 days with the Bangladesh seamers, Langeveldt is excited how the Bangladesh pacers are learning quickly.

“It was exciting for me because they learn quickly. When I saw them [pacers] the first day, they were trying the wicket taking balls, trying to take wickets in every ball. For me it is about consistency, being able to bowl 12 balls in a row. Twelve dot balls will normally get you a wicket. I know in these conditions, it is very tough for a pace bowler,” said Langeveldt.