Bangladesh's interim head-coach Shane Jurgensen stressed the importance of being in a positive frame of mind before entering the series. He stated that he didn't want to focus on the 'past records'. “I don't want any one to tell me what Bangladesh's past record is. I don't want to focus on any of that. For me, what's important is what's coming ahead and I just want to have the best possible practice sessions going into the series.”
The Australian also said that he was 'quite satisfied' with the team picked for the first Test of the series against the West Indies. The coach was particularly happy about the inclusion of first-timers Abul Hasan and Shohag Gazi.
“Shohag Gazi (Right-arm off-spinner) is a talented young man. He has been in the wickets recently and has also got a few hundreds. West Indies have a lot of left-handers in their order so it's good to have a few bowlers who can turn the ball away from the bat. Abul has had an impressive run in the recent past as well” said Jurgensen.
Gazi had earlier picked up a hat-trick in the first round of the National Cricket League. He took seven wickets in that innings and also scored a quick century. Abul Hossain's extra pace was preferred over Nazmul Hossain.
The Tigers, who began their national camp at 9 am yesterday, went through a series of drills before hitting the nets at the Bangladesh Cricket Board's National Cricket Academy. “It's a shame that the practice games couldn't' go ahead… But I was extremely happy with our practice sessions. We have four more days of practice and my aim is to train the boys in the best possible way,” said Jurgensen.
The newly appointed coach stated that his main focus would be on the first session of the match. “We have to start well on day one. As far as I am concerned, we have to play the first session well. We have to take it session by session,” he said.
The Tigers will continue with their training schedule in the morning. The West Indies on the other hand will be taking the day off.