McInnes - Tour was learning experience

Guyana Times article.

Georgetown, Guyana - Coach of the Bangladesh Under-19 cricket team Richard McInnes said the Caribbean s tour was a “learning experience” for every member of the visiting side.

The Under-19 teams used the seven-match ODI series as part of their preparations for the ICC Youth World Cup next February in the United Arab Emirates. Bangladesh won the tournament, which ended on Monday, 4-3.

“It’s fantastic to be in the West Indies and to have this opportunity to play against a very tough opponent.  It was definitely a learning experience for every member of the team.

“However, it was probably a little disappointing that the toss basically dictated the results in most games because if you won the toss you won the series; but it’s good to have won the series, and despite the indifferent umpiring decisions, I am generally satisfied with the tournament,” McInnes said.

McInnes, who is also the head coach of Bangladesh’s National Cricket Academy (NCA) continued: “This is our second series as a team and I must say that the guys have improved from the series against England mid this year. Conditions here in the West Indies are a little different to what we are all used to back home and as a young cricketer it’s an important part of their development to play in as many differing conditions and types of surfaces as possible.”

He pointed out that Sadman Anik’s and Mehedy Miraj’s performances were crucial to the visitors’ success.


On the other hand, McInnes mentioned that he was amazed to see the rich talent in the West Indies camp.

“This young West Indies is full of talent, I would love to coach a team with the athleticism they have, the physical skills they have,” McInnis concluded.

Jeremy Solozano had been one of the Caribbean side’s most dependable batsman during the series.

After winning the opening match by six wickets, the young West Indies side suffered three straight defeats.

The Caribbean side lost the second game by 63 runs, the third by 198 runs and the fourth by four wickets, before keeping the series alive with 67-run win and a 36-run victory in the penultimate game to level the series.

West Indies will tour Bangladesh from December 2-22 for a seven match ODI under-19 series after which the West Indies World Cup squad should be selected.

First Published In The Guyana Times.

Wed, 10/23/2013 - 05:25