Interim Bangladesh head coach for the Nidahas Series 2018, Courtney Walsh said his immediate intention will be to get consistency running through the team. The Tigers experienced a steep drop, in terms of performance, in the past few months due to lackings in both the batting and bowing department. Debacles with the bat and bite-less bowling were key behind Bangladesh's failure in their tour of South Africa in October last year. And the poor form continued into this year as the Tigers lost the final of the tri-nation ODI series, the two-match Test and T20I series - all at home against Sri Lanka.
The series of defeats for a team without a full-time head coach saw the BCB hit the panic button and it reflected in the team selection, which was out of place and hardly had any policy. Under such situation, West Indies pace bowling great Walsh getting the charge might not be the best possible scenario but there were hardly any alternatives left with the Nidahas T20I tri-series, involving India and host nation Sri Lanka, getting underway in a week’s time.
"We are lacking a bit of consistency. The talent is here. The guys have good work rate. If we can get consistent, we will be happy. It is going to be the biggest challenge, and it is something that I will be stressing on, a lot," said Walsh to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Tuesday.
"We have a very testing tour coming up in Sri Lanka. As one who likes to accept challenges, it is important to play quality and consistent cricket. I am happy to be given the opportunity to do so. I will give it the best shot and ensure we play good positive cricket," the former right-arm pacer added.
Bangladesh during the tri-series involving Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka followed by the Test and T20I series against Sri Lanka were run by the senior cricketers and an advisor in the shape of Khaled Mahmud, who performed his duty as the technical director. The confidence of the board on the team was however, shattered following below-par performances. There were also reports that the senior players of the team had disagreements with interim assistant coach Richard Halsall.
With that said, Walsh, who is working with the BCB in the capacity of the Tigers’ pace bowling coach, believes the team will come out from their recent sufferings.
"It is an interim role. We were without a head coach for the last couple of series. I was asked to do the job. It wasn't something that needed a long discussion. I am here. I want to try to do the best for Bangladesh cricket, try to get us to be more consistent. Once the opportunity came, it wasn't anything too difficult to discuss. I want to improve what we are doing here and hopefully take up a challenge," Walsh explained.
Explaining his role as an interim head coach, the 55-year old said, "It is going to be like a father figure, to give them the confidence. We must make sure everybody is prepared for the extra work that we need to do to get those out of form, into good form. We have to get everybody thinking that they have to play a role for the team, so that everyone plays for the team and do what is required. It is going to be my motto."