Bowling coach of the BCB High Performance Unit, Champaka Ramanayake has informed that there are some exciting fast bowling talents in the pipeline of Bangladesh cricket.
He said Bangladesh have more first bowlers in their rank compared to 10 years ago.
Ramanayake was the pace bowling coach of the Tigers from 2008-2010.
But this time around, he is working with young talents at the age-level group as West Indies great Courtney Walsh is handling the responsibility of being the pace bowling coach in the national team.
“I am working with the HP group, the High Performance. At the moment I am also working with the U-19 fast bowlers,” he said.
“There are few (talented bowlers) in the HP group and few in the U-19 side. I don’t want to name anyone. I just want to encourage them so that they work hard. Maybe in a few months time I can name some. There are some exciting talents and I’m very pleased with them.
“There are bowlers in the HP and U-19 sides. It will be a challenge for me. I’m sure there are more fast bowlers than before in the country so I’m really excited,” he added.
Pace bowlers will be key in the tour of South Africa and Ramanayake believes the pace unit will enjoy bowling on the green pitches against the Proteas.
“Fast bowlers will enjoy it over there, as long as they are patient. And if they bowl consistently they will get wickets. Because they will bowl on grass. So the bowlers will get advantage to bowl in those conditions. They can take wickets and put South Africa under pressure. So the bowlers will definitely enjoy,” he said.
“And batting will be a bit tough. But Bangladesh are doing well at the moment. They have improved. They have done well in New Zealand, scored a lot of runs there. So the conditions (New Zealand and South Africa) are pretty similar. Hopefully some senior batters will score runs. And we’ll have a good game,” he added.
A lot has changed since Ramanayake left Bangladesh in 2010.
And the former Sri Lankan first bowler said healthy competition in the squad proves Bangladesh cricket is going in the right way.
“Cricket here has definitely improved since 2010. We have a lot of players now. The whole country is up for cricket. They’re supporting the cricketers. They have won a lot of matches in the last two years. So I think future is really good. As long as you are producing the next group of players fighting for a place in the national team, the other players will also perform well. Hopefully you know things will be better,” he concluded.