Dhaka, Bangladesh
Langeveldt eyes on seamers who can bowl well abroad

Langeveldt eyes on seamers who can bowl well abroad

Charl Langeveldt believes that the familiarly among the support staff in the Bangladesh team will hold him in good stead during his stint with the team. The former pacer, who served as bowling coach of South Africa and worked with the Afghanistan team before signing a contract with the BCB, will work with chief coach Russell Domingo, batting coach Neil Mckenzie and fielding coach Ryan Cook as part of the Bangladesh coaching setup. With as many as four South Africans as part of the support staff, Langeveldt says it’ll make his job easier, although he did mention that the language barrier when it comes to communicating with certain Bangladesh players is a challenge he will have to overcome. “It makes it a lot easier. Of course I have worked with Russell and he is a guy with good people skills. I thought it was excellent coming to the sub continent and having Russell with me and McKenzie and Ryan Cook,” said Langeveldt before speaking about the challenges as a pace-bowling coach of Bangladesh - which includes coaching a spin-dominated unit as well as the communication issues. “That (being a pace-bowling coach in a spin-dominated team) was a challenge when I coached Afghanistan as well. The challenge for me is to find seamers who can bowl outside Bangladesh. They can bowl at good distance in South Africa and Australia. If you look at India now they have got three seamers and they can win games at South Africa and Australia. We have to find seamers somehow so when we go to those conditions abroad we can compete,” he said. About the language barrier, Langeveldt said: “I have found if you work one on one with a player then he tends to open up more than in a group situation. Having the experience in Afghanistan where the players would say yes but didn’t understand...I have experienced this. I kind of know how to deal with it. “I want to work one on one with a player and make sure if he doesn’t understand then bring someone to make him understand. Slow it down and not speak so fast and listen what he is going to say. And then build the relationship because it’s important to have relationship with your fast bowlers. Even if that means speak about his family and how he is more comfortable. We have to make him understand that he is welcome to my room and if required we will have an interpreter,” he added. Having taken over from former West Indies pacer Courtney Walsh, whose contract as the Bangladesh pace-bowling coach was not renewed after the World Cup, Langeveldt said his methods will be different, with his main focus being on swing bowling. “Walsh was a great bowler but I have got a different philosophy. My coaching method is different it has got more with skill work. Swing bowling was my forte and I can assist the guys in terms of how to swing the ball. If the ball is not swinging he needs to be consistent. For me consistency means being aggressive in line and length,” Langeveldt said.

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