With three tours in six months, Shane Jurgensen of late has been a busy man ever since he was appointed the head coach of the Bangladesh cricket team. The Australian left here on Wednesday for a three-week break. He aims to make lunches, dinners at home and wants to spend some rare family time. He also hopes to exchange coaching views with the Brisbane Broncos, a rugby team. Before leaving, Jurgensen spoke to The Daily Star’s Naimul Karim on the team’s upcoming plans and his ‘head coach experience’.
DAILY STAR SPORT (DSS): How has working as a ‘head coach’ been thus far?
SHANE JURGENSEN (SJ): For me there’s nothing really negative, it’s just that we need to constantly make improvements. For instance, in Zimbabwe we had to overcome off-field obstacles. With the tours so close to each other, we probably missed out on a few things. One thing that I want to improve on for the future tours is that everything is 100 per cent right in place. Even if it means that we have to be a bit more professional, go to Zimbabwe a month or two before, check out the conditions; where we will be training, what net bowlers we get, what the hotels are like and everything that supports the comfort of the players. We need to give our team the respect that it deserves in terms of how good a team it can be and continue learning about what the team’s needs.
For instance, the fact that the board flew us from Hambantota to Kandy in a helicopter helped us avoid an eight hour journey. That small investment really I think changed the series for us. The guys had more time to rest. Little things like these matter.
DSS: How do you plan to avoid the pacers’ injury problem before the New Zealand series in October?
SJ: We need to have key periods during the year when our fast bowlers can have breaks from domestic cricket and really build up for the series. They need to work on stuff technically and get physically confident. You need to build them up for the series. And that’s what Robiul (islam) did. He did not play the BPL; he trained under Stuart and myself and remained fit for the series. That is an example.
DSS: Going back to the Zimbabwe tour, what effect did the captain’s resignation have on the players?
SJ: I actually think it had a positive effect on the team. Not that it was a positive move, but I felt that it brought the guys together.