Whatmore puts probables through paces

Published: Monday, September 27, 2004, 23:53 [IST]
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Dhaka:Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore is a hard taskmaster. In a bid to get the team in shipshape for the forthcoming series against New Zealand, the Lankan-born Aussie oversaw the training camp in all seriousness at the Army Stadium here.

Under a fair amount of pressure following their distressing shows in the Asia Cup and the Champions Trophy, Whatmore said his aim would be to brace up the boys in such a manner that there were able to give off their best against a formidable New Zealand team.

"I'll like to make them understand that it's better to bury the past and focus on what lies ahead. That way it would serve us better. Of course pressure to perform in front of the home crowd is always there," Whatmore told reporters here.

"We have fared well against England and everything had looked hunky-dory until the third innings of the first Test (in Dhaka). Suddenly we collapsed like a pack of cards and nothing went our way afterwards. I think it was more due to lack of confidence and we are trying to work on that," Whatmore said.

"It's true we have not performed well enough in the two recent tournaments but we were up against strong oppositions and one get to accept that we could be on the mat playing against sides which are head and shoulders above us. In the Champions Trophy we had to win two matches in the group to advance but it was not to be. In home conditions, I hope the players will be competitive," he observed.

The emphasis on the first day of training was obviously on fitness as the probables were put through their paces under the eagle eyes of coach Whatmore. The cricketers did some running, swimming and gym work for more than six hours.

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