BCB extends Sunil Joshi’s contract as Bangladesh spin consultant
"There is a very positive vibe within the team."
Updated - Nov 25, 2018 3:43 pm
Back in August 2017, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) appointed former Indian left-arm spinner Sunil Joshi as Bangladesh’s spin bowling consultant. Their tweakers have done reasonably well in all the formats. Shakib Al Hasan, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Taijul Islam, Nazmul Islam and Nayeem Hasan have consistently been able to get under the skins of the opposition batsmen.
Bearing in mind Joshi’s successful stint, the BCB has decided to extend Joshi’s tenure and he will now stay until the 2019 World Cup in England and Wales. Quite expectantly, Joshi was ecstatic after the extension. He thanked the cricket board and also mentioned how the team has shown confidence to roll over the giants after their impressive show in the 2015 World Cup.
The players have started believing
“It’s a great opportunity, and am thankful to the Bangladesh Cricket Board for having kept the trust in me. There is a very positive vibe within the team, having won the ODI and T20I series against WIndies earlier this year, as well as getting to the final of the Asia Cup and losing very narrowly to India. There are a lot of positives,” Joshi was quoted as saying in Cricbuzz.
“The players have started believing in themselves since their wonderful run to the semifinal at the 2015 World Cup. They are no longer satisfied at pushing the top teams in the world, they are confident that they can beat them both in white-ball and red-ball cricket, which has given the thrust to the players and to me as well,” the experienced campaigner added.
The Tigers are currently playing a two-match Test series against Windies. They thumped the Caribbean team by 64 runs in the first Test at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong. Nayeem became the youngest Test debutant to pick up a five-wicket haul.
Taijul notched a sixfer in the second innings. Shakib was also impressive in his comeback match following the finger injury. The second Test will start on Friday, November 30 at Sher-E-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur and Bangladesh would go for a clean sweep.