Herath Remains Unfazed Amidst Concerns Over Dharamsala Outfield

Bangladesh’s Spin Bowling Coach Rangana Herath Unfazed by Dharamsala Outfield Concerns

As the Bangladesh cricket team readies itself to face England in their second game on October 10 at the HPCA stadium in Dharamsala, the condition of the outfield has become a topic of discussion. England captain Jos Buttler has expressed reservations about the state of the outfield, labeling it as ‘poor’ and stressing that it’s not ideal for fielding in a World Cup game.

However, Rangana Herath, the spin bowling coach for Bangladesh, appears unperturbed by the outfield’s reputation. Despite the International Cricket Council (ICC) rating it as average after the game between Bangladesh and Afghanistan on October 7, Herath is content with the available conditions.

“I think ICC has done a lot of hard work on that. So, in that case, I think they think that because of the standard that they have maintained, they have given that authority to play one day international. So, in that case, I’m happy with it,” Herath remarked confidently.

He noted that such outfield conditions are not uncommon, especially after rain, and emphasized that as long as it meets international standards, there’s no reason to complain. Herath encouraged his players to give their all in the outfield, stating, “No, we are not going to restrict anything because if you ask someone to restrict something, in that case, they don’t give their 100%. In that case, I’m sure that they did well in the previous game, and so we are asking them to give their best even in the outfield as well.”

Regarding the team’s strategy, Herath revealed that they are willing to adjust their winning combination and introduce a sixth bowling option if required after assessing the pitch conditions. Bangladesh played with five specialist bowlers against Afghanistan, using Mahmudullah as the sixth bowler. However, there is ongoing debate within the team management about whether to maintain this approach or opt for a proper bowling option, given England’s formidable batting lineup.

The success of Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedy Hasan, who claimed six wickets in the last game, has prompted discussions about adding another slow bowler to the playing XI, possibly Nasum Ahmed or Shaikh Mahedi. This adjustment may necessitate the exclusion of Mahmudullah or a pacer to accommodate the new inclusion.

“It’s all up to the conditions, and I’m sure if we really need another extra option, then selectors and the coach, captain, they will have a proper discussion, and they will decide tomorrow,” Herath explained. He praised the performance of the slow bowlers in the previous game, saying, “To be honest, they were 10 out of 10 because they read the pitch well. So, then they analyzed which line and which length they needed to bowl. And they had a very attacking field setting as well. So, in that case, I’m 100% happy with how they bowled actually,” he concluded.




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