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14 February, 2018 12:16:54 AM
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Tamim wants to make a turnaround in T20 series

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Tamim wants to make a turnaround in T20 series
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal plays a shot during a practice session yesterday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in the capital ahead of first T20 match tomorrow. BCB photo

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal stressed upon the needs to play to their potential in the upcoming T20 series, putting aside the calamitous performance in the tri-nation and Test series.

While Bangladesh have made a considerable progress in Test and ODI cricket, they remain vulnerable in the newest format of the cricket as of now. According to Tamim, they need to correct the stats as they have more T20 matches than ODI in the current fixture and moreover there is a World T20 coming up.

“If you see, normally we played very less number of T20 matches. But if you see the next six months or one year fixture, we will play a lot of T20 matches. Probably we would have to play lot more T20 matches than ODI. We’ll play two matches here, hopefully five in Sri Lanka and then two or three matches in West Indies,” Tamim said.

“So I think this is the perfect time how we’ll go ahead with our balance and planning in this format. So if we get ready from now on, it will be better for us, because we have World T20 in 2020. So still we have lot of time to go. I believe this is the format in which we can get better from what we are now. It is the format in which we have an international standard domestic tournament which is BPL. So we should better in this format. I hope we can play better.”

Following their disastrous performance in Test and tri-nation series, Bangladesh made sweeping changes to their T20 squad with as many as five uncapped players making entry into the side. Tamim said, the players who came here deserve the place and at the same time he hoped the selectors would give them a long run in a bid to cement their place.

“I can mention the name of two or three, specially Abu Jayed Rahi, I think he deserved it. Because he was amongst the top performers in BPL for the last two years. So he deserved the call. Ariful Haque also has been playing very good cricket in BPL for the last two or three years. We always talk about you need someone who can finish the game, who can hit bigs, and he is very capable.”

Tamim said they are disappointed because they didn’t earn the expected result in tri-nation and Test series but he hoped the players would come out from the psychological trauma as the T20 series starts.

“Obviously it was a disappointing series till now. We were the favourites to be very honest. Specially the way we started ODI series, but we couldn’t make it count. So we lost. In Test cricket, Sri Lanka was a better side. But because we were playing at our home condition and the way we had played last two or three Test series at our home den, we should have played better, no doubt about it.  Whatever it is, honestly we were very disappointed,” Tamim remarked.

“We are now thinking how can we make a turnaround from here. We know we can’t play to our potential, so that’s why we lost. So our target is to play well. We need to give our best, people need to perform. People need to score runs, they need to get wicket so if we play to our potential, it will be a very interesting T20 series.”

The opener however also emphasized on to making the start count : “When you well reach 30s or 40s, you need to make it. We lacked here but if we can’t do it consistently, it won’t be good for us.”

He avoided making any comments on Bangladesh technical director Khaled Mahmud Sujon’s outburst.

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