Courtney Walsh stated that he is happy to be involved again and hoped that Bangladesh would play good cricket against Afghanistan
Bangladesh interim head coach Courtney Walsh informed the media that the entire squad is upbeat ahead of the Afghanistan series next month. Walsh said the Tigers need to play a good style of cricket, just the way they performed in the Nidahas T20I tri-nation series, in order to beat the Afghans in the shortest format of the game.
Walsh was appointed as the temporary head coach before the Nidahas series and Bangladesh performed well under the West Indian fast bowling great as the Tigers reached the final and fell agonisingly short against India. The Windies legend stated that he is happy to be involved again and hoped that Bangladesh would play good cricket against Afghanistan.
“The mood is very good. The guys are upbeat. We are getting excited as you get in the start of a tour. We are looking forward to the tour. I am very excited to be involved again. We need to play a good style of cricket, like we did in Sri Lanka. We should improve in certain areas. Hopefully, we have a successful series. I think once we don’t get complacent and are focused on what we have to do, then we will be able to perform to the best of our ability,” said Walsh at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Friday.
Walsh admitted that the fast bowling department needs to improve as the pacers did not perform well enough in the recent past.
“I’d like to see the bowling department get a little bit more consistent, especially the fast bowlers. They have not been consistent over the last couple of tours. I’d like to see the quartet stand out together,” he said.
“We have to focus on that because the World T20Is is not too far away. We need to get up in the ranking as well. We can’t be complacent, and we have to go out and play good cricket. This series is very important to come out with a victory, to help us with the ranking as well. It will also give us confidence going into the West Indies tour,” he added.
Afghanistan have good players in their rank, including the likes of quality spinners Rashid Khan and Mujeeb-ur-Rahman. Walsh however, is not reading too much into the opponent’s strength.
“They have quality players in the team but we will focus on our strengths and weaknesses. We will come up with a plan that suits us best. We will not be worried about them. If we do our best, we are giving ourselves a chance,” he said.
“We have to bat, bowl and field well. The guys have to perform to the best of their ability. We have to show consistency, as much as we can,” he concluded.
Bangladesh will play three T20Is against the Afghans on June 3, 5 and 7 respectively in Dehradun, India.