Bangladesh coach Stuart Law heaved sigh of relief as the West Indies are coming without devastating batsman Chris Gayle and all-rounder Dwayne Bravo but said they have their own business to do instead of focusing on their opponents.
‘It is obviously good for us that Gayle is not coming,’ Law told New Age on Friday. ‘He is a devastating striker of the ball and Bravo is one of the foremost all-rounders in world cricket.
‘It’s going to be a shame but can’t really focus too much on what’s happening in their stocks.
‘We are going to worry about what we have got to do. They will come here and they will try to win. We have got to beat them and we need to focus on that.
‘Our top order needs to focus on their batting and I have already addressed it to the players,’ said Law.
Bangladesh resume their preparations for the West Indies series, featuring a Twenty20 International, three one-day internationals and two Tests, today after a break of two days at the end of BCB Cup.
Law hailed the Bangladesh Cricket Board once again for holding the BCB Cup in a competitive manner that not only provided with a chance to look at some fringe players but helped him make an observation of how his regular players react in home condition.
‘I thought it was very successful and I have already extended a thanking to the cricket board for putting on such a tournament,’ he said.
‘I had requested them for match play. Obviously it was better playing games of cricket. It allows you to learn more about your game when you play competitive matches rather than just hitting balls in the nets
‘I have got the opportunity to see quite a few players who are on the fringe or coming through the ranks of academy and how they fared. It was a worthwhile exercise,’ said Law.
The Queenslander said he has already identified some talents, though he declined to name them.
‘There have been a few who stepped up and achieved some good results for themselves. I am not going to go into names because as soon as I mention a name it will be played against me,’ he said.
‘But at the end of the day there are some good talented cricketers out there. Obviously how they performed under pressure rather than hitting the balls in the nets is far better to see as you can make a better judgement,’ he said.
Law is happy about how Bangladesh are preparing for the series.
‘It’s going on as well as we can manage. We just finished the BCB Cup and we have some bit more cricket coming up next week,’ he said.
‘I believe the more nets you have the more trouble you can get into. I think you must start playing cricket to understand the pressure. Hopefully they learn to build the pressure and play under pressure,’ Law said.
-With New Age input