Tigers coach not willing to risk Taskin


Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha is without much fire power for the Test series against England, but is not willing to risk fast-tracking Taskin Ahmed to the side.

Taskin is a rare feature in a red ball side, primarily playing short format cricket, and the coach is hesitant to considering him for Tests at all, let alone the England series.

The coach said of paceman Taskin: “Has he played any four-day cricket? You think people can do magic straight away? No.

“They are human. If you haven’t played four-day cricket in your entire life, standing four days on the field and bowling 15 overs is entirely new for him.

“I don’t want to destroy somebody’s career.”

With star paceman Mustafizur Rahman out with a shoulder injury, the coach has little in the way of quick stocks, and he knows it.

Hathurusingha said: “I can’t try players at the international level, which is the unfortunate thing in Bangladesh cricket that we are facing.

“This cannot happen. We are actually trying players at the national level. [Test cricket] is a bigger challenge than anything else.

“We have had lot of injuries and players lose form because we haven’t played for a long time. We don’t know where the fast bowlers are at this stage.

“It is a matter of just trusting the players that we have in our midst, and being patient.

“You can’t have plans if you don’t have ammunition. You can manage what you have, and that’s what we are thinking. We will keep developing a strategy in the long-term.

“Don’t expect us to do miracles straight away. If we happen to win the game, well and good and we will be on our way. It will give us a lot of confidence.

“I am not too worried about what I don’t have. I am trying to maximize what we have.”