Thursday, May 26

Bangladesh need to manage Mustafizur well: Streak



Bangladesh’s pace bowling coach Heath Streak has said that there will be a conscious effort to avoid tinkering too much with Mustafizur Rahman’s natural bowling abilities.

Mustafizur broke Brian Vitori’s record of ten wickets in his first two ODIs when he took 6 for 43 in the second ODI against India in Mirpur on Sunday.

By taking 5 for 50 in his first ODI, he became only the second Bangladesh bowler to take a five-for on debut, after Taskin Ahmed.

The unprecedented start to his international career means Mustafizur has garnered a lot of attention on his bowling methods, which are unique among the pace bowlers in Bangladesh.

The last bowler to offer something different was Rubel Hossain who started off with a pronounced round-arm action. Though he has regained some of his pace this year after periods of injury, his current action is different from the original.

Streak said that since some players need more coaching than others, it will be important to closely monitor Mustafizur but they would have to be careful not to overdo it.

“I think that’s where as a coach you have to be careful not to over-coach and just help guide them along,” Streak said. “When assistance is needed, you remind them. It is a very important part of coaching. Some people need more coaching than others. We have to be careful how we manage him.

“He is still very young. We have to be careful. He has taken 11 wickets but we can’t expect him to take five wickets every time. He has shown his potential. If we look after him and support him, he will be a big match-winner for us. When Mashrafe started, he was looked after throughout his career.”

Streak noticed Mustafizur in May last year in Bangladesh A’s tour to West Indies and was immediately impressed with him. After his first five-wicket haul, Streak worked closely with Mustafizur to develop other variations knowing that the Indian batsmen could figure him out.

“For me, he has to execute (his skills) more regularly and consistently. When you are training with the guys on a regular basis, you can make their skills better. There’s no magic trick. It is making sure they are training at a high level for a long period of time.