Khaled Mahmud Sujon has served Bangladesh Cricket in different capacities. In his 8 years of International Cricket he represented
After his retirement from International cricket, he briefly worked as the Manager of Bangladesh National Cricket Team. Currently he is working as the Team Operations Manager of Bangladesh Cricket Academy in a bid to groom young players for future
BanglaCricket : You are working as the team operations manager of
Khaled Mahmud : Thanks.
The Academy is trying to provide a platform for promising and talented young players to groom them properly for International level. We always had a good U-19 team but after representing the age groups, players had no platform to continue their good work to make them ready for international arena. Now in the academy we have recruited promising former U-19 players and we are grooming them as a unit with sufficient match practices and international tours. We are also working with talented but national discards to get their form back and correct their techniques.
BanglaCricket : We know Academy is in its preliminary stage, does it have any structure yet?
Khaled Mahmud : Yes, it has. As 2006 was our first year, it was a learning year for us. In the first year we tried to development the infra-structure of the academy. The Academy is based at Mirpur Sher E Bangla National Stadium, and currently we have four dedicated coaches for the Academy who are working with the players to develop their game. They are,
Alister de Winter – Head Coach
Minhajul Abedin Nannu – Batting Coach
Wahidul Gani – Spin bowling coach and
Sarwar Imarn – Pace bowling coach.
Apart from these, we usually invite specialist coaches from abroad for short term training sessions. Last year Tasmania Tigers coach Tim Coyle conducted a training camp on wicket keeping. We have plans to invite great players of International cricket to inspire the young stars and conduct short term sessions.
Khaled Mahmud : After the end of current series against
BanglaCricket : Very promising developments indeed. Do you have any plan to send Academy team to play a domestic league in
Khaled Mahmud : We are seriously working on it. The problem is both
BanglaCricket : The experience to play fast and bouncy wicket will definitely help them in future.
Khaled Mahmud : Exactly, we always struggle to play in fast and bouncy conditions as we never get those types of wickets at home. We are also planning make some different wicket types in our “Home of Cricket” at Mirpur to add some variety in the experience of the Academy players.
Khaled Mahmud : We have selected Sohrawardy Shuvo and Raquibul Islam for
BanglaCricket : You were known as a “fighter” during your international career, are you trying to instill the mentality within our Academy team players?
Khaled Mahmud : I was never ready to accept defeat until the last ball is bowled. I regularly sit with the Academy boys and share my memories with them. I am trying my best to develop “never say die” mentality within them, but as a manager it is not always easy to talk cricket with them.
BanglaCricket : What is you future plan? Do you want to work as a coach in the long run?
Khaled Mahmud : I want to associate myself with cricket for the rest of my life. I am enjoying my current responsibility to work with the future players of
Khaled Mahmud : I don’t want to name anyone specific but most of our academy players have bright future ahead. Some of them have already appeared for the national team and will get their place back with time. They are ready to fill the gap as some of our senior players will retire within couple of years. Among the current bunch of players who haven’t featured for national team, Zunaed Siddique, Raquibul Islam, Nazimuddin and Saghir Hossain are playing extremely well. They are making their presence felt and they need consistent performance to get national call.
BanglaCricket : Recently Raquibul Islam is enjoying some limelight, he scored triple century in the first class cricket.
Khaled Mahmud : Raquibul is performing exceptionally well in recent times. He was not initially selected for the Academy, we included him later after seeing his domestic performance. He is a bright prospect for
BanglaCricket : Many thanks Mahmud Bhai for your vision and thoughts about
Khaled Mahmud : I am also very happy to talk with you about the Academy. You can ask me questions about the
BanglaCricket : What is your opinion about the prospect of
Khaled Mahmud :
BanglaCricket : World Cup exit at the hand of
Khaled Mahmud : First of all,
BanglaCricket : I admit
Khaled Mahmud : I will again say, our bowlers are consistent but our batsmen are not performing according to the situations. The problem is the difference between our good performances and the bad performance is very large. We have to reduce the gap to become a successful team in the world stage. If we can do that, we will win regularly and may lose some match but that’s a part of the game.
BanglaCricket : One last question to you. Have you heard about BanglaCricket or ever visited the site?
Khaled Mahmud : I have heard about the site but never visited it. From now on, I will definitely have a look at the site.
BanglaCricket : We are really grateful for your valuable time. Many thanks to you for this valuable time within your busy schedule.
Khaled Mahmud : Thank You.