Streak: Bangladesh bowlers can't buy experience

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New bowling coach Heath Streak has outlined an admirable ambition to develop, nurture and mentor Bangladesh's seamers.

New bowling coach Heath Streak has outlined an admirable ambition to develop, nurture and mentor Bangladesh's seamers.

Former Zimbabwe captain Streak's contract will bring 450 days of work across two years – and will include a consulting role with the Bangladesh Cricket Board's other representative teams.

"I think it is dangerous to set specific targets as you might get it done quickly and become happy. I would like to identify a group of eight or 10 quick bowlers. We know spin bowling has been strong for Bangladesh. We can't relax and expect for that to continue," said Streak.

"I have to learn a lot about the bowlers. I have analysed these players as an opponent both as player and coach, but now I have to understand them as individuals and personalities. The mental side of the things is what I want to work on with the guys."

Bangladesh recently appointed erstwhile Sri Lanka batsman Chandika Hathurusingha as head coach – and hired ex-Test coach Sarwar Imran as Hathurusingha's assistant.

The trio's first assignment will be a brief tour of India in June, which will bring three ODIs at the Shere Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka. A tour of the West Indies – for three ODIs, a one-off T20I and two Tests – will follow in August and September.

"I know there are huge expectations, the India series is coming up soon. But it doesn't matter who you are, these things take time. Experience doesn't happen overnight, you cannot go to a shopping mall and buy experience," added Streak.

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