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‘learn from mistakes’
9 June, 2007
Interim Bangladesh coach Shaun Williams on Saturday termed the Sri Lanka tour as the biggest challenge.
"It's a tough task to play against Sri Lanka in their den as the condition is not only hard but the pitches are quite bouncy which is altogether different with the other subcontinent countries. We are going to face one of the best teams around, so we would be needing a decent effort and as well an all-out effort," said Williams during a practice session at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur.
"There will be nothing better if we got some outcome from the tour in the end," he added.
Bangladesh captain Mohammad Ashraful also echoed with his sentiment.
"Sri Lanka is a very strong team with a high-quality batting as well good variation in bowling attack. Undoubtedly it is going to a tough tour. But we are confident to do well there. We are not focusing on Sri Lanka's strong points, rather our aim is to improve our individual performances," said Ashraful.
The short-term Tigers' coach Shaun however was hardly concerned about the result in the series rather wanted the best effort from his newly acquired charges during the three-match Test and one-day series.
"In international sport everybody wants one result: a win. But we should understand what kind of opposition we are up against. What we can do is to perform at our best, to take a step forward at the highest level of the game," he said of his target.
"I always try to give the guys a simple message which is to 'learn from mistakes' and there is no exception this time. I don't like to deal too much with the wrong things but I am more inclined towards the positive things and what we are capable of. But one should ask questions about his performance if improvement is needed," he said.
Williams was also little bothered with the tag of 'interim coach' as he believes that his main duty is to deliver to the board as much as he can, in any capacity.
"Coaching is nothing new to me. Yes, my job is changed as I am appointed (as the) interim coach for the national side but the players are same to me as I worked with most of the players in different levels like in A team and under-19 team. Actually my job remain the same which is to support Bangladesh cricket," he explained.
He believes that it is always helpful for a team like Bangladesh to play in such difficult conditions
"We should understand that it is tough, long tour. I think we are in a learning process and the more we play matches in such kind of condition, more we will be benefited," he observed.
He was a little concerned about Bangladesh's poor showing in the longer-version of the game as he thought that the country is still new in that fray.
"It is not too long that Bangladesh has been playing at this level and in terms of the number of games, it is also not many. There is a very good sign in their one-day performance and I think playing Super Eights in the World Cup was a great achievement. But we need time in Test cricket," he explained.
On the other hand captain Mohammad Ashraful was looking forward in making a bright debut in Sri Lanka like his Test debut in the same country in 2001 with a blazing hundred.
"That was a special knock. The world still knows me because of that century. So I am delighted to get the opportunity to start my captaincy career in Sri Lanka. I am optimistic to put up a good show there," said the ace batsman, who also joined the camp yesterday after playing the Afro-Asia Tenty-20 International.
The right-hander also assured that there is nothing more to him due to the burden of captaincy.
"I do not feel any pressure because of the captaincy. It is going to be just another tour for me. We will start the tour with the Test series and I think that will really help us as we finished with Tests against India," he said