Former Indian cricketer Sridharan Sriram, who was recently appointed as Bangladesh’s technical adviser, said on Friday that his previous coaching experiences with Australia and IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore will serve him well in his new assignment. The 46-year-old, who will be associated with the Bangladesh team in the Asia Cup and the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia in October, said he is quite clear about his responsibilities.
Sriram was appointed Australia’s spin bowling coach under then head coach Darren Lehmann in 2016 and was also RCB’s batting and spin coach in 2020.
“I think it (my role) is very simple and I am very clear about my role here, probably bring the resources together. We have some very good skills coaches and I have full confidence in what they are doing and my job is to principle with the captain, work with the team director and bring the skills coaches together,” Sriram told The Daily Star newspaper.
“Bring all three components together and use my T20’s experience with IPL and Australia and bring a strategy where we can put our resources to good use and so I’m very clear about my role and I’m not saying I’m on the side and I am just trying to work together,” he added.
Sriram, who amassed more than 9,000 runs in first-class cricket and earned a reputation as a prolific batter, also said he doesn’t carry any baggage from his playing days.
“I just forgot I was a player and it doesn’t matter how many runs you scored because at the end of the day I’m here to help other people and that’s my greatest strength and I don’t carry any baggage of my own. playing days, my frustration and my coaching past,” said Sriram.
“The others have different eyes and my experience dealing with different cultures like working with the IPL, working with the Indian guys and working with the Aussie lineup and so I think there’s a good mix of the East and the west,” he remarked.
Sriram stated that he is aware of how the game of cricket is experienced in a country like Bangladesh and what is expected of him in the given role.
“When I get into the culture like Bangladesh, I understand the education and I understand the way they approach the game and at the same time I can bring that professionalism and the expectations and I can really set clear expectations of what goes on at this level of a professional is required position, so I think it’s a good combination and I’m looking forward to it,” he said.
As a technical advisor to Bangladesh, Sriram will work closely with the coaching panel made up of South African legend Allan Donald, Sri Lankan Rangana Herath and Australian Jammie Siddons.
Sriram added that he will be joining the side shortly and that his goal would be to work with everyone and not dictate terms.
” I carry with fresh eyes and I carry no baggage. What you say is news to me and so I don’t look at it that way and I look with fresh eyes and so I bring in my ideas and I bring in new energy and I just want to get the team together and start over,” he said.
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