Mashrafe excited to work with Windies legend Walsh

Courtney Walsh

Bangladesh veteran fast bowler Mashrafe Mortaza is eager to learn as much as he can from his team’s new bowling coach, legendary former West Indies paceman Courtney Walsh.

Walsh will be with the team until the next World Cup in 2019, having signed a three-year deal, and Mortaza hopes Walsh will build on the skills the pacemen learned from former coach Heath Streak.

Mashrafe said: “If we can learn a bit from his vast experience, it would be very helpful for us. Pace bowling has a major role in a team taking 20 wickets in a Test match, so I feel that our boys can learn from him how to go about it.

“His passion, the way he handled situation, these are key things that we can all take from him.

“We don’t have bowlers like Dale Steyn in our team. Our bowling attack needs to do well for a number of years, and not just now.

“We need a bowler who would take 300 Test wickets, so for that one has to perform for a sustained period. There must be ways how that can happen, and I think we learn that from him [Walsh].

“One of the reasons why I admired him was his endurance. His run-up was so smooth that they said even the umpire couldn’t hear him running in.

“There was always a smile on his face. He was a great character. I think we can learn from him how to stay fit.

“If everyone wants to learn from him eagerly, then they can get a lot out of a coach, because they are always trying to help you.”

Walsh’s first assignment will be a home ODI series against Afghanistan at the end of the month. followed by ODIs and Test at home against England in October.