World Cup 2019: Bangladesh have gelled after mosque attack trauma, says coach

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Bangladesh have gelled after mosque attack trauma, says coachBangladesh coach Steve Rhodes said he has tremendous respect for the national team stars for the way they handled themselves after the Christchurch mosque attack from earlier this year. Bangladesh take on New Zealand in their World Cup 2019 tie on Wednesdsay.advertisement Reuters LondonJune 5, 2019UPDATED: June 5, 2019 11:37 IST Bangladesh have gelled after mosque attack trauma, says coach Steve Rhodes. ( AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNone of the Bangladesh players were injured and the tour was immediately abandonedBangladesh made a good start by beating South Africa by 21 runs in their World Cup openerBangladesh is seen as dangerous outsiders but Rhodes is not about to be carried away by the excitementBangladesh has dealt with the trauma of the Christchurch mosque attacks by becoming closer as a team, coach Steve Rhodes said on Tuesday as his World Cup players prepared to play New Zealand for the first time since the March mass shooting.A lone gunman killed 51 people and wounded more than 20 during Friday prayers at two of the city’s mosques, with the Bangladesh team bus approaching one of them as the gunfire started.None of the players were injured and the tour was immediately abandoned.”I’ve got so much respect for the players. The way that they’ve handled themselves after that event,” Rhodes told reporters on a soggy afternoon at the Oval in South London where Bangladesh play on Wednesday.”The Christchurch awful day and the shootings, they’ve got some sort of brotherhood there now… the experience they went through together on that coach, I think it’s somehow gelled them,” added the Briton.”I think that they’ve actually got solace from each other, they’ve tried to help each other through it. I’ve got a lot of respect and admiration for the way they’ve pulled through.”Rhodes, whose players made a dream start to the campaign by beating South Africa by 21 runs in their World Cup opener after piling up their highest one-day international total, refused to take the credit. “Going back to that day in Christchurch, I was thinking how do we get a team back together after this? But they’ve done it, it’s not been anything special from me,” he said.advertisement”I’ve just tried to carry on as normal because I thought that was the right thing to do. And the support that they’ve given each other has been the main thing… they knew what they needed to do.”Bangladesh, seen as dangerous outsiders before the tournament started, face New Zealand with plenty of confidence but Rhodes said he was not about to be carried away by the excitement.”We all recognize that was just one game,” he said of the South Africa match.”We know the people back home are delighted and jumping up and down with what we’ve done but the team and the staff know that the task is going to be tough against some of these teams and New Zealand are just one of them.”They gave us decent hiding this winter and we are in better shape taking them on this time around. But they are tough opposition and it’ll be difficult.”The English weather has not helped, with training canceled on Monday and a steady drizzle frustrating plans on Tuesday, but Rhodes said that was no concern.”We needed to have a break yesterday, we had a tough game,” he said.”If preparations weren’t as good as they have been we’d have been worried about a lack of cricket today. So we’re not that worried. Most of the boys are in reasonable nick.”Also Read | Need improvement in batting: Karunaratne after Sri Lanka’s narrow win vs AfghanistanAlso Read | Afghanistan vs Sri Lanka Highlights, ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka beat Afghanistan by 34 runs via DLSAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Steve RhodesFollow team bangladeshFollow Bangladesh vs New Zealandlast_img