Young Bangladeshi bowlers should be trusted more if they get the best out of them, Courtney Walsh said. Walsh, who last week completed two years as Bangladesh's fast bowling coach, said the tendency to lose a bowler after a bad performance has hampered the team's progress in international cricket.

Walsh took over after Heath Streak completed exactly two years as the rhythm bowling coach in 2016. The only constant in the reigns of both coaches has been that Mashrafe Mortaza led the ODI attack superbly. The output of the test pace attack, however, has deteriorated.

During Streak's tenure, Bangladesh's fast bowlers averaged 44.73 in test cricket and took a postulate every 90.8 balls. Under Walsh, his strike rate has been slightly better (87.5) but his average is significantly worse at 53.66.

Walsh has acknowledged that more work needs to be done.

"It's still a work in progress," Walsh said. "There are a lot of young people that are coming in. If they are not selected to play, they will not know what they are, it's one of the things we have to look at a little more, we can not be too afraid to give young people the opportunity to express themselves a bit If you keep them waiting in the wings, they will never have the opportunity to play.

"The more you play, the better your chances of learning. You will get more experience playing in the middle. Sometimes you must throw these young people into the depths to see what they are made of. But if you continue to protect them and say they are not ready, they may never prepare. Sometimes you have to expose talent, you have to give them a chance. "

Walsh's first experience of how bowlers got few opportunities came as soon as his first series of tests in October 2016, when Bangladesh prepared tracks easy to spin in Chittagong and Dhaka against England Shafiul Islam and newcomer Kamrul Islam Rabbi only threw 31 overs among them in the Test series, picking up a wicket, while debutant Mehidy Hasan Miraz took 19 wickets.

Most of the wickets of any Bangladesh fast bowler has collected in a series during Walsh's tenure is eight of Mustafizur Rahman, at an average of 27.50, in Sri Lanka in early 2017.

Fast bowlers have fought Especially outside the subcontinent, where they have had to endure most of the In New Zealand, they returned a combined average of 63.54. In South Africa, Mustafizur , Shafiul, Taskin Ahmed, Rubel Hossain and Subashis Roy combined to average 81.11.

In useful conditions in the West Indies, fast ones averaged 36.62, but that figure should be seen against the shellfish average of 11.31. Rabbi Rubel and newcomer Abu Jayed were no match for Kemar Roach, Shannon Gabriel, Jason Holder and Miguel Cummins, who led the West Indies to a 2-0 victory.

Mashrafe Mortaza celebrates a wicket AFP

Walsh said that giving young rappers a greater number of games could give them more confidence and help them develop their skills.

"I do not think they lack hunger," he said. "They have not been given the opportunity to play consistently, that's where the difference could come in. Some of the young people we have need to run well, not just one or two games and then let them down, have good and bad games."

" I've seen that as soon as you have a bad game, they all want you to fall. It will not help a young man.

"All of us can have a bad game, and when that happens, we should have the opportunity to trade in. It's a case of achieving the right balance, enthusiasts and they want to perform at the highest level, they should only be given a chance" .

Walsh commended Mashrafe for continuing to use his experience to direct the ODI attack, having taken 41 terrains at 31.41 in the last two years. Rubel and Mustafizur have also felt more comfortable with the ODI. Taskin's shares have decreased, meanwhile, and Al-Amin Hossain, a fairly limited participant of Streak, has not participated under Walsh.

"Mash's experience and abilities are very different and much better than those of the other boys," Walsh said. "The experience has taken him through, but he was always a very good fast bowler.If he was not injured, I would be playing Test Gricket.The first time I saw him, I told him I was good enough to play Test matches .

"He is a fast high class bowler for Bangladesh for several years. It depends on the young people now to have that hunger. Mash is proud of his performance. It is the big difference. He wants to do well and compete, and that's what we need. "

Bangladesh's immediate allocation is the Asian Cup, and Walsh hoped that players like Mashrafe, Mustafizur, Rubel and Abu Hider could quickly adapt to conditions in the UAE.

"I do not think it's perfect for the pacers in the Asian Cup," he said. "I think the land in Dubai and Abu Dhabi are usually flat and docile. Some expect the pacers to adapt and be able to use their variations.

"Whenever bowlers do well in one-day cricket, we have to give them credit because it's not easy to play on these good batting grounds."

Bangladesh will depart for Dubai on September 9.


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