Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has roped in legendary former West Indian fast bowler Courtney Walsh as their specialist bowling coach. Bangladesh’s success at the 2015 Cricket World Cup, in which they reached the quarter-finals, promised something of a new era for their fast bowlers. The likes of Rubel Hossain and Taskin Ahmed showed their talents in the World Cup. However, it was the arrival of the new sensation Mustafizur Rahman that totally changed the face of Bangladeshi fast bowling.
Mustafizur’s exploits with the ball helped Bangladesh to win back-to-back series against India and South Africa at home and that was just the beginning. The bowling coach position has remained vacant since Heath Streak left after expiration of his contract. However, now, the signing of Walsh will only make things better for Bangladesh. The likes of Mustafizur and others have got the right mentor, teacher and coach in Walsh who is only expected to take Bangladesh to higher heights in World Cricket.
Courtney Walsh is the highest wicket-taker in Tests for the West Indies to date with 519 scalps to his name. After retiring from international cricket in 2001, Walsh has worked as a manager of the West Indies U-19 side, Bowling Consultant for the Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League, a member of the Coaching team for the ICC Americas Cricket Combine and most recently as the Selector of the West Indies Cricket Board.
Effective from 1st September, 2016, Walsh’s agreement with BCB runs up to the 2019 World Cup in England. The 53-year old is very excited with the opportunity and is looking forward to a great time in his stint as the bowling coach.
“I am thrilled to be joining the BCB as the Specialist Bowling Coach,” said Walsh. “I am really looking forward to getting started with the group.”
The fast bowling great also mentioned that West Indies is his home and he loved his time working as the Selector for the WICB. However, he couldn’t miss out on the chance to coach such a talented group of bowlers like Bangladesh have.
BCB CEO Nizam Uddin Chowdhury believes that the 53-year-old can take Bangladesh bowling to higher heights and completely change the face of Bangladesh cricket for the better. “Bangladesh cricket at present is going through the best pace bowling phase in our history and Courtney’s involvement I am sure will take it to greater heights,” said Chowdhury.
Bangladesh are now a force in World Cricket. They are now equally adept in all departments of the game and have the ability to beat even the best. Walsh’s experience will be valuable to Bangladesh, especially when they will be playing overseas. The Bangladeshi bowlers have talent; if moulded in the proper way and right direction, they can become giants soon.