Bangladesh bowlers to bring consistency to must-win T20: Walsh

Vastavam web: Bangladesh interim coach Courtney Walsh today urged his bowlers to bring consistency to a must-win Twenty20 showdown against Sri Lanka that will book the victors a berth in the tri-series final.The T20 minnows have triumphed in just one of their matches in Colombo, with their bowlers struggling in batting-friendly conditions throughout the tournament at R. Premadasa Stadium.The winner of Friday’s final league match will book a title clash with powerhouse India, and Walsh expects the best from his wards.

“The bowlers have not bowled consistently as we would have liked but that does not mean they are bad bowlers overnight,” Walsh told reporters in Colombo.The West Indian great said he hoped Mustafizur “comes back to his best”, adding he showed moments of brilliance in the Pakistan Super League.Walsh, who has been working with Bangladesh’s bowlers since 2016, was assigned coach for the tri-series after Chandika Hathurusingha quit.Bangladesh have found form in Test and one-day cricket, notching some big wins over top-ranked sides.

But the minnows have failed in the shortest format, losing 10 of their last 12 matches.Walsh, 55, insists that coaching staff were working to improve consistency.”At the end of the day, the players and the coaching staff know what is the best for Bangladesh cricket.” Hathurusingha said his side, who won their opener against India, would not bow to pressure.”It’s a very crucial game, but we’re preparing as normal. The advantage we had is that we played them recently,” he said.