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“We will try to send an A team to Australia, and send players to play different tournaments there”
Bangladesh coach Shane Jurgensen has announced that he wants his side to get accustomed to the conditions in Australia and New Zealand well before the 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup.
Jurgensen added that he expects players like Mushfiqur Rahim, Shakib Al Hasan and Tamim Iqbal to be at the peak of their careers by the time the illustrious 50-over tournament comes around.
Bangladesh last visited Australia in 2008 for only three ODIs, while their previous trip to New Zealand came in 2010 and included one Test, three ODIs and a one-off Twenty20 International.
During the 2015 World Cup, Bangladesh are scheduled to play four matches in Australia and two in New Zealand.
“The boys will be more evolved, have more experience in the next 18 months,” Jurgensen told the Bengali newspaper Prothom Alo. “Most of them will be 26-27 or 28. They will also be at their physical peak. The venues won’t be a big obstacle too. Wickets are good at the Gabba, in Canberra, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hamilton and Nelson.
“We will try to send an A team to Australia, and send players to play different tournaments there. Tamim and Shakib can easily play in the Big Bash, while some can play club or grade cricket. We could send four or five pace bowlers to train in Queensland. We have former Bangladesh coach Stuart Law, who is now at the Centre of Excellence. We also have [trainer] Stuart Karpinnen and [academy head coach] Richard McInnes working here in Bangladesh, so we can work something out.”
Jurgensen is determined to ensure Bangladesh perform well throughout the World Cup as it is during major tournaments like this that pundits, former players and the cricketing community all take notice of how much progress a country has made.
“Their improvement should be visible on the field, and in their rankings,” he added. “I would like to see them rise in the ODI and Twenty20 rankings. Draw and win Tests and do well in global events. The cricketing world will see our improvement. So it is very important that we cross the group stages of the 2015 World Cup. I think we can.”
The 37-year-old head coach has also made it clear that he maintains a calm demeanour when Bangladesh lose matches as it is not really his style to have steam coming out his ears.
“There’s already a lot of pressure in international cricket so I don’t want to be an angry headmaster and put more pressure on them,” Jurgensen said. “I have always wanted to create an environment or pass on the message to the guys that at least before, during and just after the match, there will be no anger in the dressing-room.
“It is important that there is consistency in behaviour, similar to on-field consistency. I like to be tough with them for a reason, so that they realise it is not a personal attack.”
Jurgensen added that all the Bangladesh players have trusted him and had full faith in him ever since he replaced Richard Pybus as coach in November 2012.
“I think I have gained their trust,” he said. “It is important to understand them, because sometimes they can have a bad mood, have a bad day. Maybe their morning hasn’t started too well or (they’ve) had some family problems. So the coach has to be a spy, a guru and sometimes a psychologist.”