Except two or three players the New Zealand tour was a complete failure for other Bangladeshi batsmen. Bowlers also could not prove themselves. Especially the inexperienced pace attack sufferd the most and this lack of experience has led to failure, according to Tiger pace-man Abu Jayed Rahi.
The most experienced fast bowler in the Tigers’ Test roster is Mustafizur Rahman, who played 13 Tests in total. Among the others, Rahi himself played 5, Ebadat Hossain and Khaled Ahmed both played two Tests and this lack of experience in the fast bowling department was the main reason of failure in Tests so far.
After losing the first two consecutive Test matches by an innings, Rahi faced journalists yesterday in Christchurch during team’s training session. “Most of us in the pace bowling department lack experience. From us Mustafiz, who is the most experienced, played only 13 matches. I think that we should be more experienced or we should play more. Many of the bowlers who have play for other Test playing nations have played many Test matches. I think we should also play many Tests too.”
The 25-year-old bowler thinks that if you want to play Test cricket, you will have to play more matches. According to him, there is no shortcut to do well in Tests other than experience. He said, “The more Test match you will have more understanding of the game. The more you play the more experience you have. You can understand more about how the Test cricket is. I think we should play many Tests.”
According to Jayed, pace bowling coach Courtney Walsh urged his pace bowlers to keep up the improvement during the prep talk ahead of the
series concluding the last Test, scheduled from March 16.
“Basically more than our [pace unit] performance the result of the team is more important. If our team could get a result than it would have been more pleasing “We still have one match to go and we have developed the faith that we can swing the ball. The batsmen are finding it difficult to play our deliveries and it is increasing our self-belief,’’ he said.
“We were talking with Walsh today and it seemed we are improving in one area and that is we are able to swing the ball more than what we do in Bangladesh,’’ he added.