An optimistic Streak
Bangladesh team bowling coach Heath Streak said that he was happy with his pace bowling department ahead of the ICC World Cup in Australia-New Zealand from February 14.
The former Zimbabwean fast bowler painted an optimistic picture of his pace bowling and he spoke of the variety in his attack, especially with Taskin Ahmed's return from injury.
“I am very excited to have Taskin back. He bowled well during the DPL (Dhaka Premier League). Obviously Al Amin, Rubel and Mashrafe have played a lot of international cricket so we have got a good balance in the side, with Shafiul on standby. I'm very happy with that,” said Streak.
He believed that discipline would be the key to success in the World Cup.
“I think there will be a little bit more in the wickets, but we have got to bowl in the right areas and consistently hitting good areas is going to be important,” observed Streak.
“I think our asset is that we have got good variation in our seam attack, but it's obviously not at the level of Australian's seam attack. We know our spinners have to contribute and our batters need to get runs we can defend on the board,” he added.
Streak also expressed his satisfaction over the back-up in the pace department with Abul Hasan, Mohammad Shohid and Shuvashis Roy in the line-up.
The Bangladesh bowling coach set reaching the second round as the target, which was echoed by head coach Chandika Hathurusingha and captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.
“We can definitely cause an upset and get to that quarterfinal stage, that's our big goal. But to guarantee that we have to upset two big teams. We also have to make sure we beat Scotland and Afghanistan, who we can't take lightly. It's a big ask and it will be tough to beat Australia and New Zealand in their home conditions. But we've got players, and if they perform on a certain day, they can be match winners,” hoped Streak.