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Tamim reckons Windies series will be tough one

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Tamim reckons Windies series will be tough one
A file photo of Tamim Iqbal

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal reckoned the series against West Indies is going to be ‘one of the toughest’ for them, specially after watching the Caribbean’s absolute dominance over Sri Lanka in the ongoing series.

He said they need to prepare as hardest as they can to match with the Caribbean’s aggression in their own condition, which is expected to be completely grassy. To put in the perspective, Bangladesh are traditionally vulnerable against the moving ball.

“I felt after watching the West Indies Tests against Sri Lanka, that however prepared I thought I was, it’s not enough,” Tamim told the reporters yesterday.

 “It’s quite obvious that when the team is doing well, the players are also confident, but I felt after watching their games that however prepared I thought I was, it’s not enough.

The West Indies held out for a draw against Sri Lanka in the second Test that finished on Monday retaining their 1-0 lead in the series. And their performance didn’t go unnoticed.

Watching West Indies to crush Sri Lanka so convincingly, Tamim even dropped the idea to go to his hometown Chattogram to observe the Eid, while most of his team-mates were with their families for the festive season. He put in added hours in practice to prepare him better for the series—a determination that he actually needs after a mediocre return in the three-match T20 series against Afghanistan.

 “I thought I should prepare myself more and that was the reason I am doing the extra work. I always believe that I can’t guarantee success and scoring runs, but if I can prepare myself a 100 per cent the job gets easier.

“Even if I fail, I can tell myself that I have tried my best but it didn’t happen. It’s important to prepare well to play well.”

Iqbal spent time identifying areas to work on. He stressed on the need to play positively against the West Indies pacers, who have done well against Sri Lanka.

“Just because it's a grassy wicket, we can't go with the mindset that we have to survive, because then it will be more difficult. I think we have to play with a positive attitude and leaving the ball will be the key along with batting for longer periods,” he said.

“Whenever you have the opportunity to score runs you have to, and I think it helps the batsman to get refreshed. So I think it will be a mix of both caution and aggression.”

Bangladesh had already named their squad for their upcoming Test series in the Caribbean, which begins in Antigua on the 4th July with Nazmul Hossain Shanto as the only new face.  The squad was also bolstered by pacers, whom Tamim backed to do well in West Indies condition.

Bangladesh, under new coach Steve Rhodes, will gather in Mirpur today before leaving for the Caribbean on  June 23 for a full-series –two Tests, three ODIs and three T20 Internationals.

Rhodes however had already reached Dhaka and visited Mirpur stadium yesterday. He also met some of the players who were practicing in the ground.

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