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Shakib wants Spin coach for Bangladesh cricket team

Bangladesh is getting prepared for the world cup. All Bangladeshi national team cricketers are having good time on performance in National league. In this moment, Sakib Al Hasan proposed to have a new coach for spin department.

With the World Cup cricket just 40 days away, Bangladesh skipper Sakib al Hasan surprisingly started whining for a spin bowling coach, a demand quickly dismissed by head coach Jamie Siddons.

‘We really need a spin bowling coach as we have five to six spinners in our team. He does not necessarily need to work a lot, but at times we need to get some motivation from him,’ Sakib told reporters after reporting for the World Cup conditioning camp on Sunday.

Bangladesh have specialised coaches for pace bowling and fielding while head coach Siddons is specially taking  care of the batsmen. Former fielding coach Salauhuddin worked with the spinners before he was sent to the National Cricket Academy last year.

Salahuddin still has had a few sessions with the spinners before the home series against New Zealand in October at the request of Siddons, but currently he is not available for the national team that will formally begin their World Cup conditioning camp from today.

‘I am not satisfied with my bowling in the last few matches and Jamie [Siddons] told me to work on it. Salahuddin sir is not available at the moment, so I have started to work with Jamie, though he doesn’t know much about the tricks,’ Sakib said

‘We will talk to the Board so that a spin bowling coach can be included as we depend on our spinners very much,’ he said.

Asked about the demand of the newly-appointed skipper, who is also the main spinner of the side, Siddons quickly dismissed the idea and said too many cooks can spoil the broth for the team in the World Cup.

‘I have a bowling coach in Ian Pont, who also understands spin bowling. You can say me also a spin bowling coach and so is Julien [fielding coach].

We are not just a batting, bowling and fielding coach, we are coaches. We are all level-three, level-four qualified coaches and we can work as well with the spinners,’ said Siddons.

‘It would be nice if someone could focus on the spinners with Ian working with the fast bowlers. It would be nice if we could have ten coaches but you have got to draw the line somewhere.  It doesn’t work getting more, more and more coaches,’ said Siddons.

The coach also told the players not to take extra pressure and thinks that if they get too serious about the World Cup it will only affect their performance.

‘I had a meeting with the players for half an hour and told them just play well. They need to step up and dedicate themselves for the World Cup,’ said Siddons.

‘I just told the boys that it’s just another tournament or it’s just another game against India. If the players think that it is a World Cup and how big it is, they cannot perform,’ said Siddons.

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