“Spin is our primary attack but the pacers have their role to play too. We cannot play with five spinners due to which the pacers are important in the playing XI. I believe we have variations in pace bowling with the experienced Mashrafe to lead the attack,” said Mahmud to the media in Mirpur Sunday. “We expect the pacers to contribute for the team. They might have done right in the small areas but they have not been consistent,” Mahmud, who is playing the unofficial role of Bangladesh head, added. Mahmud stated that the pacers have worked on variations like swing, bouncers and slower deliveries but believes it would have been wiser if these works were done early. “There is no question with the skills of the bowlers. But the most important thing is a bowler reacting as per the situation of the game. The condition now is a bit difficult. Bowling at night will be difficult because of the fog. So it will be crucial how we react to that situation. We bowl different lengths in the morning, which will need to change in the evening,” Mahmud explained.
Bangladesh squad for Tri-Nation ODI Series 2018 between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe has been announced. pic.twitter.com/2ZER38leCY— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) January 7, 2018
Mahmud taking charge of the team as the technical director to fill the head coach’s position was apparently not a “people’s choice”. The situation is almost similar to the situation when he took charge of the Bangladesh team as a captain back in 2003. The former Bangladesh cricketer is however, not concerned with the discussions taking place around him regarding his multiple roles in Bangladesh cricket, rather, he informed of enjoying his duty without hesitation. “I see this as an opportunity to work for the cricket of the country. It was a tough time when I took charge of the team in 2003. My job then was to keep the team together, which comparatively is easy now. I have gained experience over the years,” said Mahmud. “I am a board director when I am in the board room. I try to do a job I am given, it is a different thing if I am successful or not. I do not want to go into any controversy. I see coaching as my profession and I enjoy it. I started my coaching course within four months from my retirement in 2006. I have worked with teams starting from U-13 level. Now if I am a good coach or a bad one, people can decide that,” he added.
Fixtures for Tri-Nation ODI series between Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe. pic.twitter.com/kjiGHJWVz4— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) January 6, 2018