The short-term camp under Australian coach Geoff Lawson has given some pace bowlers, who were in the wilderness for several years, a renewed hope to revive their international career.
Tapash Baishya, Talha Jubair, Tarek Aziz and Farhad Reza had lost their all hopes of returning to mainstream cricket after they were dumped from the national side in different phases.
The BCB added them to relatively fresh blood Mahbubul Alam, Dollar Mahmud, Shubhasish Roy and Under-19 bowler Tazin Islam in the camp of Lawson, who is in the city for a month to coach the budding bowlers of GP-BCB National Cricket Academy.
‘It at least created a platform for us and boosted our motivation to make an attempt for a comeback,’ said Tapash, who last played for the national side in a one-day match against Australia in 2007.
‘When I am out of such camp I can only do some gym works and running on my own but it’s tough to continue bowling practice,’ said Tapash, still in his late 20s, who has settled in his home town Sylhet after he had lost his hopes of returning to national team.
Talha, who burst into the national side after a similar short camp under West Indian Andy Roberts in 2002 but could not prolong his Test career for more than year, was also impressed.
‘Naturally it is a very good move as we don’t have any place to go during this period,’ said Talha, who played the last of his six ODIs in 2003 and was discarded from the national side following a Test against India next year.
‘I had a slight problem in my jump which Lawson pointed out while showing me the video of my bowling action,’ said Talha. ‘He suggested me to jump higher for which I did some drill today,’ he added.
Lawson feels that they were a bit rusty as they had not been bowling for a while.
‘There was a couple of promising guys but they were a bit rusty as they did not play any cricket,’ he told New Age on Wednesday.
I have seen the video footages of their bowling and I think there are some technical issues that need to be sort out. ‘I have some specific plan in technical nature on how they can use there bowling effectively but I don’t want to make any major changes in their actions,’ he said.
-With New Age input