Bangladesh coach Hathurusingha asks team to 'express themselves'

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Bangladesh coach Hathurusingha asks team to express themselves
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha said that they have chalked elaborate plans for all the Indian batsmen. (Reuters)

London - Bangladesh take on Indian in semifinals on Thursday


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Published: Wed 14 Jun 2017, 8:46 PM

Last updated: Wed 14 Jun 2017, 10:48 PM

Bangladesh cricket team's Sri Lankan coach Chandika Hathurusingha wants his players to treat their Champions Trophy semifinal against India as a "big opportunity to express themselves rather than a big match".
The mass hysteria associated with Bangladesh's semifinal qualification is something that Hathurusingha is well aware of and that's the reason his outsiders (not being a Bangladeshi) perspective can work as a calming influence for his team amidst the unimaginable media frenzy. "It's not a very big game but a very big opportunity. If we take it like that, it would be good for us. Any cricketer thrives on these opportunities. That's why sportsmen love these games. That's my message to all cricketers - junior or senior. Grab this opportunity with both hands," he said after Bangladesh's practice session at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.
Whenever there's a match against India, for Bangladesh's media as well as fans, it's something more than cricket.
Ask any Bangladeshi, and he/she would say Rohit Sharma being given not out in that 2015 World Cup quarterfinal was a "smacks of conspiracy" because of India's "hold in ICC".
Even today, a Bangladeshi scribe asked one of the weirdest questions, saying, "Coach what do you make of umpire Kumar Dharmasena's presence among the match official", which was a clear insinuation but Hathurusingha calmly tried to douse the fire.
"No comments on umpires' appointments. What happened in the past is past," he said.

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