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1 December, 2017 00:00 00 AM
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Tamim shows rare sportsmanship

He calls back Cooper to bat again in crucial moment
Sports Reporter
Tamim shows rare sportsmanship
Comilla Victorians captain Tamim Iqbal plays a shot against Dhaka Dynamites as wicketkeeper Jahurul Islam Omee looks on during their BPL-5 match at Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in the port city. BCB photo

Tamim Iqbal showed a sportsmanship during the last match of the Chittagong phase of Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), something which is a rare scene in world cricket these days. The incident happened in the second ball of the 18th over when his team Comilla Victorians was playing against Dhaka Dynamites in a crucial game to go top on the points table. Dhaka needed 44 runs off 17 balls to win the game with four wickets at hands with Jahurul Islam Omee and Kevon Cooper in the crease. Comilla had the clear upperhand of the game with DJ Bravo removing the dangerman and last obstacle of their victory Keiron Pollard in the previous delivery but given the nature of the shortest format of the cricket Dhaka also could hit back with bang.

At that moment Bravo offered chest-high short delivery to Cooper who backed away outside off. It pinged the gloves and rolled behind to the keeper. Cooper sets off for a single but in the process he collided with Bravo who tumbled onto the ground. Cooper was concerned about Bravo and did not attempt to return to the safety of the crease. He though could have taken a run with ease. Wicket-keeper Liton removed a glove and hit the stumps.

Bravo’s condition looked serious as he fell down badly. Cooper gradually was leaving the ground and went to the edge of the boundary rope. Tamim walked all the way up to Cooper and had a chat with him after which the Comilla captain reversed the run-out decision. Cooper, having walked all the way back, returned to the middle. The fourth umpire intervened as well.

This was what the sportsmanship that Tamim showed, a thing now very few players did in the world cricket.

Even the overseas players of the both teams were awestruck by Tamim’s gesture. At the post-match briefing when Dhaka’s opener Joe Denly was asked if Tamim showed such sportsmanship in the case of Keiron Pollard, Denly was positive in his answer.

“Even in the case of Pollard, I believe Tamim would have done so. He set an example by showing such gesture.”

However his sportsmanship didn’t cost him the game even though Cooper looked dangerous for a moment in the crease. Eventually Comilla won the game by 12 runs to go top on the BPL points table. They have now 14 points in nine matches, which gave them assurance that they would stay in top-four place regardless of the outcome of their last three matches.

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Published by the Editor on behalf of Independent Publications Limited at Media Printers, 446/H, Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1215.
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