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Tamim vows to fare well in upcoming Sri Lanka series

SPORTS REPORTER, DHAKA
Tamim vows to fare well in upcoming Sri Lanka series
Bangladesh stand-in captain Tamim Iqbal talks to media yesterday at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in the capital prior to their departure for Colombo to play a 3-match ODI series. Courtesy photo

Bangladesh stand-in skipper Tamim Iqbal on Saturday said that the ensuing ODI series in Sri Lanka will obviously be challenging for them as they are going to play the series without some of their key and regular players.

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who is red-hot form in World Cup scoring 606 runs, withdrew himself from the series along with Liton Kumar Das citing personal reasons. Therefore, regular captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza and fast bowler Mohammad Saifuddin were ruled out of the series on Friday night, just few hours before their departure for the upcoming three-match ODI series.

Along with that, there are some players who are going to play the series with a bit of injury niggles. But Tamim is optimistic about faring well by overcoming those challenges in the island nation, saying that they are looking to wipe out the disappointment in the 2019 World Cup with an away series triumph.

“It seems to me that the series is very important for us. The team we are going has so many things to prove,” said Tamim Iqbal, who got the charge of the Bangladesh Team on Friday night while Mashrafe Bin Mortaza ruled out of the series due to his recurred hamstring injury.  

“Some of our experienced players are not going to play this series due to injury and several other reasons. In such consequences, I think, this series will be much challenging for us,” Tamim told media at the Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport before flying for Sri Lanka yesterday.

“Sri Lanka are very stronger side on their home condition. But we’ve seen in our earlier series that we have done very well. We don’t see any cause of not doing well this time around,” he added.

The new captain vowed to the players to come up with their handy performance, stating that it would be better not only for the team but the individual player also.

“Those who are in the squad if they could avail chance of both hands, it’ll since be better for the Bangladesh team beside the player’s individual feat,” the Bangladesh opener said.

From personal front, it’ll also be challenging for Tamim as his performance in the recently-concluded World Cup was not up to the scrape that drew a lot of flaks from multi front.

“The expectation I exposed didn’t play such type of game in World Cup. So, I’ve new challenge ahead. Hope it’ll be something better. Let’s see what happen,” he opined.

Even if Bangladesh is still touted as the favouirtes against the island nation, they are yet to triumph any bilateral series on Sri Lankan soil.

Last time Bangladesh overwhelmed Sri Lanka by a comprehensive margin of 137 runs in the last Asia Cup in United Arab Emirates (UAE). Even Tamim is taking confidence from the matches against Sri Lanka at their own yard, specially the Nidahas Cup Trophy T20, in which they thrashed the Islanders to show their growing strength.

“I didn’t think it in that way. What I said if you nurture bad things in your mind round the day, it’ll not be good for you. I want to move forward keeping good and next things in mind. I’m trying to find out positive things,” he said.

“What I said the series is important for us. Hopefully we will do well as a team,” he concluded.

 

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