One-on-one approach to overcome language barrier, says Langeveldt | The Daily Star
02:10 PM, August 21, 2019 / LAST MODIFIED: 05:38 PM, August 21, 2019

One-on-one approach to overcome language barrier, says Langeveldt

Language has always been a barrier when it comes to the Bangladesh players communicating with the coaching staffs. However, newly appointed bowling coach Charl Langeveldt was hopeful of overcoming this barrier.

Bangladeshi cricketers are often shy and scared to reach out to the foreign coaches for advises and issues due to the language barrier. According to sources close to the team, many young Bangladeshi fast bowlers were initially nervous talking to West Indies fast bowling legend Courtney Walsh after he was appointed the Tigers' bowling coach. However, Langeveldt, who replaced Walsh, prefers a more one-on-one approach to the players so that they feel comfortable while talking about their issues.

“It’s a challenge. But if you work with a player individually, they look to open up more. I have worked in Afghanistan so I am experienced. If you work one-on-one with a player, make sure he feels understood and explain to him how it works. You know, just, slow it down, and don’t speak too fast. Speak less, listen more to the players, on what he has to say. Make sure the player is comfortable to speak maybe about his family or how he is. The player can come to my room if he does not understand what I am saying, we can work it out. It’s a challenge definitely. But it’s something I am looking forward to.” said Langeveldt, when he spoke to the Bangladeshi reporters for the first time in Mirpur today.


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