Bangladesh coach Steve Rhodes told reporters on Sunday that he had a passionate discussion with his charges about his expectations from them in the upcoming Bangladesh Premiere League.
The sixth edition of the franchise-based Twenty20 competition BPL is scheduled to commence from January 5 next year.
Bangladesh national cricketers, many promising local talents and famous foreign cricketers are set to play in the money-ball tournament.
Rhodes urged his players to play to the best of their potential in the tournament and advised them to try and learn about different national team s strategy without giving away their own.
I actually spoke to the boys last night. I told them good luck for the BPL, do the important things, said Rhodes, before leaving for his Christmas vacation.
One, it s gonna be lot of overseas players, so let s learn from the other overseas players. Always listen to what they got to say. Try and pick their brain as much as you can and give them nothing of ours, I said.
And I also I asked them to make Bangladesh proud, he added.
The former English wicketkeeper took off for England to see his family for the Christmas vacation on Sunday after the conclusion of the West Indies tour.
The 54-year old, however, told the reporters that he would soon return to Bangladesh to watch the BPL and scout young talents from the tournament, a gesture which was missing from his predecessors.
It will be a short period [His visit to England] and I will back for the BPL to do and really involve with the scouting job and see how our boys play, he said.
Bangladesh s next assignment is a three-match one-day international and Test series against the Kiwis in New Zealand, starting February next year.
Bangladesh remained winless in all three formats the last time they toured New Zealand in 2016-17 and will again be put under pressure in testing New Zealand condition.
Rhodes pointed out that they won t have a lot of preparation time for the series as the players would be busy playing BPL but refused to get bogged down by it and wanted to move on with it.
Preparation is not ideal because BPL will be going on. After the BPL, the guys, who will be playing the ODIs, will be flown off straight away.
We play the first ODI very, very quickly in New Zealand. So not a lot of time to acclimatise before the ODI international…. But it is what it is. We have to get on with it. We have to make sure we do our best