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BAN vs AFG: “Afghanistan has a top spin attack”

Bangladesh is set to take on Afghanistan in a one-off Test match and a 3-match ODI of the cue ball leg series which will kick off on June 14. Bangladesh assistant coach Nic Pothas was aware of Afghanistan’s spinning attack. Pothas said that keeping turn-arounds can backfire on hosts.

This is the second Test match between Bangladesh and Afghanistan as in early 2019, Afghanistan had won the match by a margin of 224 runs on Chattogram. Bangladesh would be willing to take revenge for the humiliating defeat.

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Afghanistan would back up to top Bangladesh as India recently won a thriller in Dhaka and we must not forget that Bangladesh Tigers are quite sloppy when bowlers have to create multiple chances which is not a good sign for the team .

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Test Match is like a game of chess- Nic Pothas

Pothas was interacting with reporters at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Pothas noted that the side will have to play the seam before the spinners come into action and said the side may lose 5 wickets for the seam. Pothas said they will have to formulate a strategy to take on the bowlers.

“They have a top spin attack, so the challenge is exciting. The thrill is in solving the problem. Having said that, you have to play seam before you get to spin and we can’t focus all our attention on spin, because before we know it, we could be five down against seam.” Nic Pothas said.

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“We will do our analysis and investigation. When the time comes, Test Match is like a game of chess. We have to make sure we have solutions for what they bring. It is exciting,” added.

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You have to watch how they do their things- Nic Pothas

Pothas stated that he cannot change things immediately and that the coaching staff has to watch. Pothas was quite optimistic, noting that the team would perform well in the upcoming series.

“I have a magic wand. I’ll just wave the magic wand. Very soon we will make hitters… I’m kidding, these things (correcting hitters’ techniques) take time. I can’t go into a new culture and suddenly start changing things. I have to watch the hitters for a while. We have to observe how they go with their things ”, Nic Pothas said.

“All countries go through waves. In his opinion, his boys are not doing as well as he would like them to in tryouts. That wave will come again. Having seen his ability on the pitch and off, there’s no reason we can’t improve.” he claimed.

“But it is international cricket. Some teams are on top of the world at one point. Some teams are not where they would like to be. We’ll ride the wave, but I have to take my time getting to know the players.” added.

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Towhid Hridoy is a fantastic kid – Nic Pothas

Pothas praised Towhid Hridoy, saying that it takes a lot of effort to shine internationally right away. Nick Pothas noted that Towhid Hridoy has a great work ethic that sets him apart from the rest of the players.

“First of all, Hridoy is a fantastic kid. Incredible work ethic and drive to succeed. Along with that, a great deal of skill. He has a high ceiling as far as his skills, but we played a results-oriented game. The support staff’s job is to help you maximize your potential. It’s very exciting”, Nick Pothas said.

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“Hridoy is a phenomenal hitter all over the field. He is young for international cricket. The difference between international cricket and local cricket is that the bowlers can expose, because they are good enough to put the ball in the right place over and over again. Hridoy has the skill and ability to solve all those problems”, he claimed.

“Not a lot of people have come into international cricket and all of a sudden have done what he has done. It is a natural phenomenon. We expect these young cricketers to come in and suddenly be world leaders just like that. It’s not possible. He has a lot of potential and a great desire to learn. He has a high work ethic. I’m excited about what he can do.” added.

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