Lacking: Bangladesh’s left-arm spinners


It was not way back that Bangladesh’s bowling assault was dominated by left-arm spinners, however within the current situation that appears to be in a distant previous.

Spinners are recognized to get into their groove with time and expertise, however with the inclusion of the uncapped Nasum Ahmed within the T20Is in opposition to Zimbabwe, the absence of seasoned ones was clearly evident. In a rustic that has produced the likes of Mohammad Rafique, Abdur Razzak and Shakib al Hasan, it’s actually exhausting to call anyone in the present day.

The inclusion of Taijul Islam, recognized to be a Check specialist, within the all-format nationwide contract class has as soon as once more proven that the selectors are discovering it actually exhausting to search out somebody within the left-arm spin division.

“I believe Saqlain Sajib was unlucky as he was born within the flawed period. At one level Shakib and Razzak used to steer the bowling assault and that prevented him from getting his due [in the shorter version],” chief selector Habibul Bashar stated.

If Saqlain is nicely previous his prime, what has occurred to those who nonetheless have gotten age on their facet, like Nazmul Hassan Apu, Arafat Sunny or Sanjamul Islam? They have not been thought of regulars even within the simply concluded first-class competitors, and it seems to be all however sure that they are not on the nationwide selectors’ radar in white-ball cricket.

Sanjamul by no means appeared to belong to the massive stage, whereas Nazmul didn’t get again his outdated magic after attempting to rework his bowling motion as he had an issue together with his touchdown. Alternatively, after a private trauma that had derailed the profession of Arafat – when he needed to go to jail – he by no means received again his outdated rhythm. And though he was picked for the T20I collection in opposition to India, he didn’t get a sport. Nonetheless, these three spinners ought to have been prime contenders to take over the spot that was vacated by Shakib attributable to his one-year ban.

Mohammad Salahuddin, the nation’s main coach and mentor of Shakib and Razzak amongst others, reckoned that the present crop of spinners lack talent. “I will not say there are not any left-arm spinners left. Definitely there are fairly a couple of of them, however that high quality shouldn’t be there,” he stated.

“Most likely the spinners from the older era haven’t got something new at their disposal, or as an instance there isn’t any further edge of their deliveries. That’s the reason we’re going after a brand new man [Nasum Ahmed] as an alternative of banking on expertise.”

Salahuddin additional added that earlier left-arm spinners had been correct however because the surfaces are getting higher and higher, it’s turning into tougher for them to outlive on simply accuracy.

“To be sincere, our spinners had been very correct and that was their power greater than spinning the ball, and it turned out to be efficient on low and gradual wickets that had been produced earlier. They used to bowl stump to stump with the brand new ball, getting it to float at occasions. However now because the wickets are higher than earlier than, you can’t survive on simply accuracy as a result of within the ODIs there’s at all times a niche by mid-wicket or further cowl and so they get punished in the event that they bowl badly even barely on good surfaces,” he stated, including that spinners now must be extra centered on flight and their variations.

“I believe they need to now discover ways to convey variations of their flight, as a result of they usually spin the ball much less and that’s they don’t seem to be surviving.

“I believe what’s extra necessary that flip is what number of revolutions the ball is getting within the air. That’s an space the place our left-arm spinners are missing closely. As a result of flip relies upon quite a bit on the floor. However to create an impression within the minds of the batsmen, you’ll want to deceive him by the air and most of our left-arm spinners are unable to do this at will.”

Veteran left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak echoed comparable sentiments as that of his mentor. “Undoubtedly there are some shortcomings in talent. In actual fact, they’ve many areas to work on and they need to work on it in the event that they wish to play worldwide cricket,” he stated.

The selector, Habibul, nonetheless stated that he was but to discover a definitive reply as to why Bangladesh are discovering it tough to get high quality left-arm spinners any extra. “There was a time after we had been determined for an off-spinner or a leg-spinner as there have been loads of left-arm spinners. However I simply can’t make out why the movement of excellent left-arm spinners has stopped so drastically.”

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