Former national team skipper and premier fast
bowler Binod Das is once again assisting Nepal coach Jagat Tamatta for the ICC
U-19 World Cup. Das heads into the tournament with an experience of assisting
former coach Pubudu Dassanayake in Nepal's ICC World Twenty20 Qualifiers
campaign in Europe. But conditions are definitely going to be different for
Nepal in Bangladeshi soil. Das himself holds the experience of playing two U-19
World Cups for Nepal. Ahead of the team's departure, Das talked about his
experience and his views regarding the current U-19 team. EXCERPTS:
As a bowling coach, how do you define look
forward to the U-19 World Cup?
Its completely a different scenario in Bangladesh
compared to European conditions. The Bangladesh pitches are similar to what we
have and the balls have the tendency to turns. We have prepared accordingly.
Our side is heavily tilted on spinners and the allrounders have dominated with
just one proper medium pacer. We are trying to baance the team according to the
nature and quality of the players we have. We implemented certain plans in
India (during pre-tournament preparation) and succeeded. We are going to use
the same tactics in World Cup. If we execute our plans, we will be in a good
What is our strength?
Our spinners are the strength for us because the
attack has variety. We got all the bases covered. There are quality spinners in
the side and even Sunil (Dhamala) could be very effective with the new ball. We
have done the preparation from our side and now it’s time to implement our
You have already represented Nepal in the World
Cup in the past. How is your experience going to help our boys?
More than coach, I am working as a mentor for the
team. I am working on the mental aspects of the game. I have been with the team
for the last 20 days and technically I've not made any changes. I am instilling
in our boys the ways to approach the opponents and how they need to handle
themselves at the big stage. I played two World Cups and passing my experience
at specific areas, both batting and bowling.
The team doesn't have a proper fast bowler. Is
that a concern?
It’s true that there is not a tear away fast
bowler in the side. Dipesh Shrestha, the lone fast bowler, has not been able to
deliver his best in the last few matches. But getting a lethal bowler is not an
overnight achievement as it takes time. There are good medium fast bowlers in all
-rounders Aarif Sheikh and
Dipendra Airee, plus the presence of quality spinners is a bonus. We have
sufficient bowling attack.