Pybus has Friday on his mind
Bangladesh coach optimistic despite the reversal against Ireland in the warm-up match
Richard Pybus, coach of the Bangladesh team.
Bangladesh coach Richard Pybus
believes his team will be ready for action by the time its opening ICC World T20 match comes round against New Zealand.
A disappointing loss to Ireland rounded off their warm-up programme earlier in the week but Pybus is happy to give his players some leeway ahead of Friday’s clash with the Black Caps.
“We have to play well to win the game,” said Pybus. “On the day it could be anybody’s game, but I’m pretty happy where we are at. Bottom line is our focus is on the first game. I thought we were pretty poor against Ireland and it could be because we spent three days travelling to the West Indies, four days playing and another three days to travel back. So I will give the boys a bit of grace there. But we had a good training day today (Wednesday) and another training day tomorrow and get back into the game.”
Pybus has cited the number of bowling options at his disposal – especially in the spin department – as being one of the main reasons for optimism going into the opening game at Pallekele.
“It is one of our core strengths, and we have different types of spinners,” said Pybus. “We could use six or seven spinners if we wanted to. I am also pleased at the seam attack. We have a raw fast bowler in young Raju (Abul Hossain), we have some high quality swing and seam from Mash (Mashrafe Mortaza) and Shafiul (Islam). And a few overs from Zia (Ziaur Rahman) and also have an all-rounder like Farhad Reza.”
The England-born coach acknowledged New Zealand will offer a tough challenge but his side will go into the game feeling hopeful about their chances of pulling off an upset.
“They (New Zealand) are quite a strong team in fact. Daniel Vettori is the key man. As a batting unit, they have a few dangerous strikers of the ball like Brendan McCullum and Ross Taylor. They have pretty good depth, and NZ is always a very competitive and focused unit. I think for us, the boys are looking forward to the game,” Pybus concluded.