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Jaffer to mentor young batsmen

  • Published at 10:53 pm July 10th, 2019
Wasim Jaffer

Wasim Jaffer on his third day of the camp with the batsmen emphasized that his primary job will be to get the basics of his disciples right

Former Indian cricketer Wasim Jaffer is out to set the basics on the young Bangladesh batsmen right as the BCB roped him in as the batting consultant of the age-level teams, starting from May this year. 

The former Indian top-order batsman was offered the Bangladesh job during his tenure as a player at Abahani Limited in the Dhaka Premier League 2019. 

Jaffer will now look after the young batsmen, those could not make it to the BCB XI (for the tour of India) and Bangladesh A (against Afghanistan A) teams and will also work with batsmen who were selected from the Youth Cricket League as back-up to the U-19 level.

Jaffer on his third day of the camp with the batsmen emphasized that his primary job will be to get the basics of his disciples right.

“Some of the players (in the camp) are quite impressive. The few of the players I have seen, they need just a little bit of correction while a few of them need a bit more. So, we are trying to get that corrected and trying to get them ready for the four-day and three-day games,” said Jaffer to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Wednesday.

“When the basics are right then everything becomes easier and then everything falls into play; Whether it is T20 or whether it is 50-over cricket, three-day or four-day cricket. So, that is my priority to get their basics right, their hand, their grip and their stance. If that becomes good, everything else becomes good,” Jaffer added.

Jaffer as example took names of current batsmen who are ruling the charts in every format of cricket because their basics are right.

“Improving their longer format games makes shorter format easier. So, that is the idea. Once you have the basics right, your foundation is good then everything else is easier. If you see the great players playing like Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, Joe Root. Those players have their basics very strong. That is the reason why they dominate in all the formats of the game of cricket. So, that is the idea for me to get them ready in whatever time that I have,” the 41-year-old explained.

Jaffer caught attention of the BCB when he toured Dhaka to play for Abahani in the DPL 2019. 

It is understood that BCB game development committee chairman Khaled Mahmud, who was the coach of Abahani, had made the recommendation to the board of signing the former India batsman as batting consultant to the age-level group.