Stuart Law optimistic about the future of Bangladesh cricket – Cricket News Update
The outgoing coach of Bangladesh cricket team, Stuart Law is optimistic about the future of Bengal Tigers in international sport and praised the performances of some of the players like Shakib Al Hasan, Tamim Iqbal and Nasir Hossain.
Law took over the job last year and there has been an evident improvement in the performance of the Bangladeshi team since then. However, the former Australian cricketer resigned from the post last month.
Bangladesh got the Test status after the ICC Cricket World Cup 1999 but failed to make an impression at the highest stage of the game for almost a decade. International Cricket Council (ICC) was heavily criticized for allowing Bangladesh to take part in
Test cricket, which is meant to be played between the best in the business.
However, since last couple of years, Bangladesh has started to show signs of advancement with the emergence of some quality young cricketers in all the departments of the game. Tamim Iqbal and Shakib Al Hasan have been the mainstays of Bengali batting, whereas,
Shafi ul Islam, Mashrafe Mortaza and Abdur Razzak has held their team’s bowling together.
Law, who plans to join Cricket Australia (CA) in coming months, expressed his praise for the senior players but feels that the youngsters must support them, if Bengali cricket is to move forward. Former middle-order batsman appreciated the progress of all-rounder,
Nasir Hossain in international cricket.
"You look for the standout players and those two [Shakib and Tamim] have been carrying Bangladesh for a while. I told the rest of the team that it is not about two players. It's about other people sticking their hand up and doing well. Guys like Nasir [have]
come through, he's basically up there with Shakib and Tamim," Law expressed.
Shakib is considered to be one of the best all-rounders in present-day cricket and Law is impressed with his performances but the outgoing coach wants the left-handed batsman to improve his level of fitness.
He added, "He's professional on the field but off the field he's different. I don't mean this in a bad way, but he could be fitter. He's admitted that he can work a bit harder on those aspects.”