Herath Remains Unfazed by Concerns Over Dharamsala Outfield Conditions

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Herath Remains Unfazed by Concerns Over Dharamsala Outfield Conditions

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Bangladesh’s Spin Bowling Coach Rangana Herath Embraces Dharamsala Outfield Challenge

Rangana Herath, Bangladesh’s spin bowling coach, has expressed confidence in his players’ ability to perform at their best despite concerns over the outfield conditions at Dharamsala’s HPCA stadium. As Bangladesh gears up to face England in their second game on October 10, England captain Jos Buttler has criticized the outfield, describing it as ‘poor’ and voicing concerns about fielding limitations in a World Cup match.

Herath, on the other hand, remains undeterred by the outfield’s rating as “average” by the ICC after the Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan game on October 7. He commended the ICC’s efforts in maintaining standards, indicating his satisfaction with the decision to play One Day Internationals on this field.

Herath emphasized the importance of giving 100% effort, whether in the outfield or on the pitch, and stated that they wouldn’t impose any restrictions on their players.

Regarding team composition, Herath mentioned the possibility of introducing a sixth bowling option based on the pitch conditions. Bangladesh had fielded five specialist bowlers against Afghanistan, with Mahmudullah serving as the sixth bowler. There is an ongoing discussion within the team management about retaining this setup or opting for a dedicated bowler, considering England’s strong batting lineup.

The success of Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedy Hasan, who shared six wickets in the last game against Afghanistan, has encouraged the team management to consider adding another slow bowler to the playing XI. This decision could potentially replace Mahmudullah or a pacer, depending on the conditions.

Herath emphasized that the final decision would depend on the surface and field conditions, with selectors, the coach, and the captain engaging in a thorough discussion. He praised the slow bowlers’ performance in the previous game, highlighting their ability to read the pitch, analyze line and length, and set up an aggressive field, expressing complete satisfaction with their performance.

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