Rethinking Bangladesh’s Approach: Stuart Law’s Vision for Success in the 2024 T20 World Cup

Rethinking Bangladesh’s Approach: Stuart Law’s Vision for Success in the 2024 T20 World Cup

Captain: Najmul Hossain Shanto
Fixtures: Sri Lanka (June 7), South Africa (June 10), Netherlands (June 13), Nepal (June 17)
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Former Bangladesh coach Stuart Law believes the South Asian team needs to “rethink” their approach to the game to shed the tag of perennial underachievers and make a mark in the 2024 ICC T20 World Cup.

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The Bengal Tigers made their ICC tournament debut at the 50-over World Cup in 1999 and stunned favorites Pakistan with a 62-run win in the group stage.

However, 25 years later, he has yet to win a match in the round of 16 of a World Cup.

“Bangladesh haven’t moved forward for 25 years,” Law told Beyond the Line ahead of the next T20 World Cup.

“Whatever they did didn’t work, and they need to find out what needs to happen to make them work,” the former Australian cricketer said.

Bangladesh will open their tournament campaign on June 7 against Sri Lanka, another South Asian nation that has made great strides since its debut in 1975 by winning both the T20 and 50-over world titles.

Law, who coached Bangladesh’s senior national team from 2011 to 2012, believes the way the game is administered in the country needs to change.

“Maybe it’s time to sit back and think: ‘We did it this way, it didn’t work, we didn’t move forward – maybe we need to do it a little differently.’

“This is not to belittle the current administration, but it must consider all aspects of the game.”

Why does Bangladesh falter in the World Cup?

Bangladesh’s T20 World Cup squad relies heavily on the experience of veteran stars Shakib Al Hasan, Mahmudullah, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Litton Das and Mustafizur Rahman.

Law, who until recently was in charge of Bangladesh’s Under-19 side, says the young players coming through the system are not strong enough to meet the big demands of the T20 format.

“They’re not power athletes, but they’re elastic so they can throw fast and turn, we all know that,” he explained.

“But they will never become powerful athletes like West Indians or Australians, who have a different upbringing and diet.

“If Bangladesh can capture that stage of youth development, putting them in from 12 to 16 years old and giving them a good diet and a good base of fitness, then the world could see an untouchable Bangladesh team,” Law told Beyond the Line.

At the moment, Shanto and his team are recovering from a series defeat against a fairly inexperienced United States team in their three-match T20 series before the World Cup.

The tournament co-hosts returned home with a five-wicket win against Bangladesh in the opening T20, followed by a six-run win in the second match.

Law, who played 55 one-day internationals and one Test for Australia, took charge of the US team a few days before the series.

Before taking up his new role, the ‘Lawman’ insisted that Bangladesh could strive to reach the top of the table if they provide the right diet, training facilities and opportunities to budding cricketers.

“There is so much talent – ​​there are 171 million people in Bangladesh and they are crazy about cricket,” Law said.

“It’s simply about bringing them into the light and forgetting their social background and upbringing. If they have talent, let’s start exploiting that talent.”

Bangladesh won the ICC Under-19 World Cup in 2020 and gave stiff competition to regional rivals India and Pakistan at the Asian Games, with six medals, including one gold.

Law believes that improved talent identification and coaching will help the cream rise to the top and from there they can be nurtured into the senior team to take over from the likes of Shakib, Mahmudullah and Mustafiz once they hang up their boots.

Until then, the senior Bengal Tigers will have to make their way in what promises to be an increasingly competitive T20 World Cup.

Three players to keep an eye on

Shakib Al Hasan

Arguably Bangladesh’s greatest player in the last 25 years, Shakib stands out even in the twilight of his career. At 37, ahead of the T20 World Cup, the all-rounder is crucial to the team’s chances of success in what could be his last World Cup. After making his international debut in 2006, Shakib took 699 wickets and scored 13,485 runs across all formats for his country. In T20 internationals he averages 20 with the ball and a strike rate of 125 with the bat.

Towhid Hridoy

Despite only making his international debut in 2023, Hridoy has already established himself as a key batsman. An average of nearly 37 with one-day internationals, with seven half-centuries in 26 innings, is matched by his strike rate of 132 in his 18 T20I innings.

Mehidy Hasan Miraz

A star of the Bangladesh Under-19 team in 2016, Mehidy quickly established himself in the senior team with his left-arm spin and batting skills. He comes into the tournament in decent domestic form and will look to capitalize on his experience in the Caribbean T20 Championship.

2024-05-31 05:26:50
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