Want to make Bangladesh’s pace-attack potent overseas: Charl Langeveldt
Russell Domingo (L) and Charl Langeveldt address a press conference. (Image: BCB's Twitter)

Of the many challenges that lie ahead for bowling coach Charl Langeveldt, is to ensure the emergence of Bangladesh as a strong pace bowling line-up overseas. Bangladesh boast a strong pace battery with Mustafizur Rahman, Rubel Hossain, Mohammad Saifuddin and Abu Jayed among others, but their success has somehow limited itself to either at home or at the most, sub-continent conditions.

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Langeveldt, who succeeded Courtney Walsh with BCB, hopes to see Bangladesh seamers blossom on spicy, juicy wickets of South Africa, Australia, saying India’s bowlers have laid down the perfect marker. Langeveldt was appointed Bangladesh’s bowling coach having served stints with South Africa, and more recently, with Afghanistan.

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“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.

The appointment of Russell Domingo as the new Bangladesh head coach has Langeveldt excited. The two have worked in tandem with South Africa as part of their coaching set-up in the past and the former fast bowler is hopeful of this combination working wonders for Bangladesh. Langeveldt added that his methods are slightly different to that of Walsh and that for him, key is ensure Bangladesh seamers work towards mastering the art of swing.

“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,” he said.

“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.

Aware of the repercussions a different language can cause, Langeveldt says he is ready to come up various ways to tackle the language barrier.

“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.”

Langeveldt’s first assignment with Bangladesh will be a one-off Test against Afghanistan, followed by a T20I tri-series which also features Zimbabwe.