Sakib wants to learn from SaqlainStaff Correspondent
Bangladesh’s ace all-rounder and leading left-arm spinner Sakib al Hasan is looking forward to making plans with the new spin bowling coach Saqlain Mushtaq regarding some areas of his bowling that he wants to develop.
‘I have some thoughts over my own bowling and how to develop it. I hope to discuss it with Saqlain and after that hopefully we will make plans regarding those aspects of my game,’ Sakib told reporters at the Mirpur Indoor after spending some time with the new coach.
Pakistani spin legend Saqlain arrived on Tuesday morning as the new spin bowling coach of the Tigers after the Bangladesh Cricket Board appointed him for a four-month period to assist the national spinners.
‘Certainly there will be benefit for us as Saqlain came over and took the job of the spin bowling coach. Because he is a man from the sub-continent he will not have much problem to adjust here.
‘He was a great off-spinner for Pakistan and if he shares some of his experience that itself will be an achievement for the Bangladesh cricket,’ said Sakib about the 35-year old Pakistani who took 208 Test and 288 one-day international wickets in his career.
Sakib also pointed out that if Saqlain can pass on the technique to the Bangladeshi spinners of how to bowl the doosra, which he pioneered and used to baffle most of the batsman during his playing days, than certainly the Tigers bowling attack will be strengthened.
‘He had some exceptional deliveries. If he can pass those tricks and techniques and if we can take that I am sure our bowling will be much stronger,’ said Sakib.
The left-arm orthodox believed that whether four months is sufficient or not for some one to develop the spin bowling unit of a country depends on lot of pros and cons apart from his stay in the country.
‘At times four months is a short period and at times it is enough and it depends on how much you play. At times even four years is not good enough. Much will depend on the training schedule planned and how much we can take from him,’ said Sakib.
Saqlain had a busy session on the first day in Bangladesh colours as he took some video of the bowling action of the spinners and also spent a great deal of time with off-spinner Mahmudullah, sharing his thoughts with the vice-captain of the side.
‘He was talking about my bowling action and release point and said that wherever I have problem on these areas he would work it out. He was showing by which gripping there will be more turn and through which grip there would be change in direction,’ said Mahmudullah.
‘What I personally feel is that if there is any wrong with my bowling then tuning up those things by him and if there is any major problem with my bowling then to rectify that through him,’ he said.
However, Mahmudullah opined that the spinners would hardly try anything drastically new as the forthcoming tournaments are just knocking at the door and would try to experiment after mastering the art in the break that would be available.
‘I don’t think we would try to experiment a lot as I was saying that if there is a minor tuning then we would try to mix that in our bowling,’ said Mahmudullah.
‘As for the major changes are concerned if there is a break in between our assignments than we would try to do that,’ he said.
When asked whether he wants to learn the ‘doosra’, Mahmudullah said certainly he would.
‘Of course I would like to know about doosra. After passing a certain amount of time I am sure we will become close and during that time I would try to learn that,’ said Mahmudullah.
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