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1 January, 2018 00:00 00 AM
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Tamim tips Bangladesh favourites in Tri-series

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Tamim tips Bangladesh favourites in Tri-series
Tamim Iqbal

Bangladesh swashbuckling opener Tamim Iqbal joined the ongoing conditioning camp of the Bangladesh team after four days of its start yesterday ahead of the next international series.

The left-handed opener went to neighbouring India for treatment taking a four-day leave from the camp. The south-paw started honing his batting skills at practice net for a longer period as soon as he joined it following his gym session at the BCB-National Cricket Academy (NCA) ground.

Tamim spoke to media after his practice session, whereby he tipped Bangladesh ‘favourite’ in the upcoming tri-angular series and said that the way they have been playing better cricket for the last two-three years especially at home turf, in that sense, he thinks, Bangladesh are the favourite than its rival teams to win the tournament.

With the participation of the Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe, the three-nation tournament will get underway with the match between the hosts Bangladesh and touring Zimbabwe at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) on January 15.  “It seems to me that the series will be very much exciting,” said Tamim Iqbal.

“But the other two teams of the series are also very good side. Of them, Sri Lanka is better side and Zimbabwe could be dangerous in their day. But as the games will be held at our home ground, we should  be favourite than other teams,” Tamim told the media.

“I think, the way we have been playing cricket for the last two-three years, in that sense, we should be favourite in the triangular series,” he added.

The 28-year-old batsman said that they have left some more days to take a better preparation and open the New Year with winning note.

“Last year we had a bit of success. But we could have done it better more than that,” he thought.

“We drew the series in Sri Lanka. We could have won that match what we lost. We had a little bit mistakes along with good results. We routed New Zealand in the tri-nation series in Ireland before defeating them in ICC Champions Trophy. Overall, Sri Lanka tour was very good,” he said. “In New Year, there will have good hopes and expectation to play better cricket further,” he added.

The batsman, who keeps the bowlers in tatters with his sheer batting devastating and earned praises from the batting greats the likes of Ricky Pointing at the time of ICC Champions Trophy, said that they have every possibility to do well in the series if they could take their preparation what they have days left ahead.

“Obviously we hope to win the series,” the Chittagong-born Tamim said.

“We don’t get chance to play so many triangular series. What we had played so far we played in final only one of it. This time we have a golden chance to break the drought,” he also said.

“The oppositions we’ll play in the series are all known to us. We know their strong and weak points. At the same time, they also know us. We’ll get some more days for our practice what are really important for us. Hopefully we could be taken a good preparation in these days,” he added.  When asked about his goal in New Year, the hard-hitting opener said, “2017 was very good for me especially in one day. I’ll attempt to prolong it further. I’ll try utmost best to fare well in the upcoming series in the same mentality and self-dedication.”

“If we think much about it, it will then be a big matter. It’s true that he was in Bangladesh for the last three-four years,” he said of Chandika Hathurusingha.

“But if we don’t think much about it, I think, it’d not be a big matter because you could be given planning. But there will be no gain if you don’t execute it in the field. It’s no use of it. If we could exactly apply our coaches’ planning we’ll obviously do better in the series,” Tamim told in response to a query.

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