Taskin Ahmed is against the idea of blaming the coaches for the disappointing performance of the Tigers’ fast bowling unit in the just-concluded home series against Sri Lanka and beyond that.
“It is not wise to unnecessarily blame the coaches. They give us the right plan, right advice and the team plan is also okay. If there was anything that was missing, it was the lacking of the bowlers and we will have to sort it out by doing extra hard work,” the right-arm pace bowler told reporters in Mirpur today, during a special training for fast bowlers under West Indies great Courtney Walsh.
Walsh, who is into his second year as Bangladesh’s pace bowling coach, is certainly under pressure following listless performance of the pacers in South Africa in September last year and in the home series against the Lankans.
Taskin is one of the few players Walsh worked extensively. But unfortunately, Taskin was dropped from the home series against Sri Lanka for his indifferent performance across all formats.
Asked if language is a barrier for them to understand Walsh, Taskin retorted: “No, it’s not. I can understand what he says and I think many other players also understand him. For those who don’t understand the senior players are translating them. It’s not a big issue to me. The main thing is execution.”
The pace bowler, who is also struggling to make an impact in the domestic circuit, admitted that execution is the biggest problem for the pace bowlers, adding that they were working on accuracy and variation in the short camp before the triangular T20I series in Sri Lankan next month.
“In the last four years I’m with the national team what I have learnt execution is most important. If I can’t execute, no plan will work. The bowlers who are in the camp giving priority to variation like slower, Yorker, length ball, wide Yorke,” said the 22-year-old Taskin
“This is a good initiative. And if we work hard which we are doing now it will help us tremendously,” he added.
He also admitted that he failed to perform consistently because he lacked that necessary skill to execute.
“Pace is my strength. It has to be there. I need to increase the variation and work on the accuracy. It’s not that I didn’t bowl well in my last four years with the national team. I might not have performed well in two series. May be there was problem with accuracy, may be fitness was lacking. I’m working hard for that hopefully everything will be okay,” the pace bowler signed off.