The BCB High Performance Unit have successfully ended their 16-day long Australia tour as they won all the matches - five one dayers and the lone three-dayer - during their visit to Darwin.
All the matches were played against Northern Territory Invitational XI at Marrara Cricket Ground.
And following their return home, BCB HP coach Simon Helmot expressed satisfaction regarding the team's performance while sharing his thoughts to the media in Mirpur's Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Tuesday.
Here are the excerpts:
How was the tour?
The tour was excellent. There were fantastic facilities and great conditions. You have had some good performances and most importantly, some good learnings about where the player and the team need to improve to develop some of these players into national players.
What type of improvement are you seeking?
I think we can improve our general fitness and fielding. I think that’s the theme in the coming fortnight before we have a week’s break in the academy. There are many aspects on which to improve upon. I thought the tour had some great individual performances. [Nazmul Hossain] Shanto, [Mohammad] Saifuddin and young Irfan [Sukkur] made hundreds. Tanbir [Hayder] taking a five-wicket haul.
We played some good cricket; whether we won or lost, it wasn’t the point of the tour. The tour was about developing these players against unfamiliar opposition in unfamiliar conditions, to make sure they were developing their skills to be good players for all formats for Bangladesh.
How was the bowling display?
It was generally very good. I suppose the greatest test we had was day two of the three-day match when we took three wickets and the opposition made over 300 runs. There wasn’t much response from the wicket, the batsmen are batting well, the ball wasn’t doing too much – how do we find a way to get wickets.
On that day, young Nihad [Zaman] took two wickets. It will be a great challenge for us when we are in a similar situation next time, how we will still be strong enough pace-wise and with skill with the ball, be able to put pressure on the opposition.
Any specific names you would like to mention as future stars...
I think [Abu Haider] Rony bowled very well. He was probably the leader of our attack. I was also happy with the development of Ebadat Hossain.
From the batting point of view, we had good starts with the bat but we didn’t capitalise on those starts. We could have had five or six hundreds instead of the three we had on tour.
What about the openers in the batting opener?
Liton Das is a very good player. He is coming back from injury over the last few months. [Anamul Haque] Bijoy has excellent skills. Shanto also had a hundred. They have great attributes and also played for the national side.
What is your take on the strength of the opposition?
I think their depth wasn’t as strong as we had hoped. The first game we should have lost. We put on 20 runs for the last partnership to win the game. So the first three 50-over matches were very competitive. Game four and five wasn’t as competitive.
They missed a couple of players through injuries. The three-day game was terrific. The last day was very exciting. Both teams tried to win the match.