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Tamim expresses his regret over criticising BPL wicket

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Tamim expresses his regret over criticising BPL wicket

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal expressed his contrite over his ‘choice of word’ with which he criticised the pitch of the recently concluded Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Tamim who led Comilla Victorians in the BPL dubbed the pitch as ‘horrible’ after his side’s match against Mashrafe Bin Mortaza-led Rangpur Riders, the eventual champions of the tournament.

In the low-scoring affair of the group phase, Rangpur was dismissed for just 97 but Tamim’s team had to fight to overhaul such paltry target and finally won the match by four wickets in the last over. Before Tamim, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza came up with grave criticism regarding the pitch and latter Brendon McCullum also expressed his displeasure over the pitch.

But still Tamim was show-caused by BCB clearing the air that they have reservation with his choice of word which they thought breach the code of conduct, set for the players.

However Tamim was asked to attend a hearing which was held yesterday at the BCB headquarters in Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium.

After the hearing Tamim said he was sorry for using the word with which he criticised the pitch and admitted as a national player he shouldn’t use this word.

“You know that I have been asked for hearing for wicket and outfield issue. They have let me know their concern. I think I could have used better word to describe it. Perhaps I couldn’t describe it well. So this is what I have had said them and they also took the explanation cordially. They told me because I play for Bangladesh, BCB is my guardian and this ground, wicket and outfields are all our assets. So I could have used better words and I will be careful with that in future,” Tamim said.

“Yes I can criticise the wicket if it is not good but I have to tell it using better words. That was what their concern and I agree with them. I hope in the coming years my accent will be better.”

Tamim had to explain the cause in front of the BCB directors Mahbub Anam, Enayet Hossain Siraj, Jalal Yunus and others and the CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury.

However later BCB director Mahbub Anam said Tamim attended in the hearing but refused to disclose the outcome, saying that the BCB will reveal it if it is necessary.

Anam said every player should remember that there is limit in which they should confine them.

“Obviously the players could criticize the pitch and others but they should understand their limit. They shouldn’t use such word which will breach the code of conduct.”

Tamim was due to go to Dubai to play the inaugural T10 cricket for Pakhtoon but the hearing matter made his journey delay.

“There is no talk about NOC in the hearing but they wished me good luck on my T10 cricket. I am going to Dubai very soon.”

Earlier Shakib Al Hasan went to Dubai to join his side Kerala Kings while Mustafizur Rahman denied the NOC. It is believed the BCB didn’t want the injury prone pacer who is due to play for Bengal Tigers, take risk of falling fresh injury.

Tamim also talked about the captaincy, saying he is ready to help the new captain and vice-captain of the Test team as a senior player. Tamim was the vice-captain to Mushfiqur Rahim before BCB announced Shakib Al Hasan and Mahmudullah Riyad as the new skipper and deputy. Tamim also praised Shakib, saying, “Perhaps he is better than me. That’s why board appointed him captain. I have no complain over it. As a senior player, I am ready to help my captain and vice-captain.”

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Editorial, News & Commercial Offices : Beximco Media Complex, 149-150 Tejgaon I/A, Dhaka-1208, Bangladesh. GPO Box No. 934, Dhaka-1000.

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