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‘You just can’t depend on two players’

Update : 08 Dec 2015, 06:19 PM

Chittagong Vikings captain Tamim Iqbal’s disappointment was clearly visible for all to see following their 45-run loss against Dhaka Dynamites yesterday. And in the mandatory post-match press conference, he made no efforts to hide his dejection, and cited a lack of team effort for their current plight. Below are the excerpts:

It seems Chittagong’s batting was heavily dependent on your performance.....

Obviously it looks that way. Myself and [Tillakaratne] Dilshan scored big in two matches and they were the only ones we have won so far. Apart from that, I haven’t seen anything significant. I did not witness any partnerships from our batsmen, including the local players. It’s very disappointing honestly. I think apart from Dilshan and I, none of the other batsmen were able to score a total of 100 runs in the whole tournament. You just can’t depend on two cricketers as it’s a team game. Everyone needs to perform, especially the local players.

Officiating has not been up to the mark in the entire BPL 3. What’s your take on that?

What can I say about umpiring. Everyone has witnessed the standard of umpiring. If I make any comment, I may be fined or even suspended. We still have a game left so I do not want to say anything. But I am sure everyone is aware so I do not need to say anything.

Prior to the start of BPL 3, Chittagong were one of the strongest sides on pen and paper. What went wrong?

If the results are anything to go by then our team does not look strong I must say but on pen and paper, we are a very formidable unit. Sometimes it happens where the key players are unable to perform. Our local players tried hard but failed. Even if you bring Chris Gayle, [Kieron] Pollard or any other big names, if the local players do not perform then it’s hard to get the results as a team.

The Vikings have lost seven of their nine matches. How did the franchise owners react after each defeat?

Our franchise owners have been hundred percent supportive. They have treated us with respect from the first day of the tournament. But we are feeling pretty bad because we have been unable to return their favour with performances. We are sorry for that. You do not get these type of owners always. They have given us everything but we failed to deliver. 

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