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Tamim: Mahmudullah’s comments out of frustration

  • Published at 10:34 pm November 8th, 2018
Bangladesh interim captain Mahmudullah talks with head coach Steve Rhodes following the end of the first Test in Sylhet Tuesday Dhaka Tribune/Md Manik

Mahmudullah following the defeat has said there is no point in Bangladesh playing Test cricket if the side play in this manner

Opening batsman Tamim Iqbal disagreed to Bangladesh stand-in Test captain Mahmudullah’s statement following the side’s humiliating defeat against Zimbabwe earlier this week. 

Bangladesh registered a 151-run defeat within three and a half days at Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Tuesday. 

The win was Zimbabwe’s first in away Tests since 2001 and Bangladesh’s eighth Test loss in a row. 

The occasion was also the eighth consecutive innings the side got bundled out within 200.

Mahmudullah following the defeat has said there is no point in Bangladesh playing Test cricket if the side play in this manner. 

Tamim disagreed to his colleague’s statement and cited it might have come from frustration.

“I do not agree with him (Mahmudullah) but it is also true that we were never expected to be beaten by Zimbabwe. People get shocked in these situations. They get disappointed and start to blame each other. (Mahmudullah) Riyad bhai making that comment is probably one of those things,” said Tamim to the media at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Thursday.

“It probably came from frustration. He wanted things to be different as a captain. We all know how much the players are working to get better in Tests. But when we don't get results, it is sometimes quite frustrating. We will play better and bounce back against this and other opponents. I believe we are strong enough to take it positively and look forward,” the left-handed opener added.

Tamim is away from the national dressing room and is recovering from a fractured index finger he sustained during the opening game of the Asia Cup against Sri Lanka in September this year in the UAE. 

He is confident of Bangladesh making a strong comeback through the second and final Test, set to begin in Mirpur Sunday.

“It is 100% they (Bangladesh) will bounce back. The team and I know that we didn't play our best cricket. We are a much better team than this. It is a fact that we haven't performed in Tests like we have done in ODIs. I don't think any of our team members believe we have become a very strong Test team. But it is also true that we have started to play better Test cricket in the last five years. We have defeated two of the best sides in the world. The Test series against the West Indies wasn't good at all. Our graph in Test cricket hasn't gone as high as we'd have liked this year,” said Tamim.

Tamim started batting in the nets against spin, and by using dog-stick, this week and is expected to make a comeback through the first Test against the Windies in Chittagong later this month.