Bangladesh eyes top 5 in ODI rankings: Papon

DHAKA, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) president Nazmul Hassan Papon said his Board's main target is to take the side in the fifth position in ODI rankings for which they are going to devise a long term plan.

He said the main target is to win more matches and series in abroad now in across the format of the cricket.

We all know that, domestically we can do well and we have been doing well, Papon told the reporters here on Wednesday.

We have just started to win abroad. We won against Sri Lanka away and we also have won against West Indies. Thereafter we won last trination series in Ireland which included Ireland and West Indies. So, these are all our achievements away from home. In World Cup we have also played some good matches and won, he added.

With lot of away matches coming, Papon said it's high time to create a winning culture in away, which he believes will help them to improve their rankings drastically.

Now, we have lots of matches away from home. So, now our first target is to do well abroad and play to win. The number one priority is that our team does well in abroad. When I first came then we were the ninth or tenth ranked team. I told that we have to improve our ranking, like seven. Now our main target is to enter among the top five in the ranking, he remarked.

So basically we are trying to everything that is needed to belong in the top five. Our next planning will be based on that. We will do an overall planning not only for the national team. We will try to improve our team from bottom so that in our pipeline we can have many players. Now, we have players for two years. We can go on with these players with two three years somehow. We must have a plan for 810 years so that, we don't face any problem for the next 810 years.

The BCB chief also said that they want to take time to appoint the new coach of Bangladesh to succeed Steve Rhodes.

Famous names and previous experience won't be of any work this time around, said Papon.

Our process is going on in this regard. As we need not only head coach but also other coaches, Papon said.

We are looking for a fast bowling coach, physio. We are planning to take some time to select coaches and we want to think about calmly. We won't select anyone based on their fame or how experienced they are. We want to take some time and assess the matter, he concluded.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)