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Only cricket on Tamim’s mind

  • Published at 08:22 pm July 22nd, 2019
Bangladesh's Tamim Iqbal poses for photographs with Sri Lanka's Dimuth Karunaratne during the trophy unveiling in Colombo this month AFP

The Tigers are the first international team to travel the island nation following the series of terrorist attacks in April this year

Bangladesh one-day international captain Tamim Iqbal said he has nothing to worry but cricket as the side tours Sri Lanka for a three-match ODI series. The Tigers are the first international team to travel the island nation following the series of terrorist attacks in April this year. The incident had caused at least 259 deaths. Effort to have a sound and successful series by the host nation is noticeable given the top arrangement especially in terms of security.

During the pre-series press conference in Colombo on Monday, Tamim also reminded of how Sri Lanka Cricket had come forward in help when Bangladesh faced a similar situation few years back. The interim Bangladesh ODI captain said they only have cricket in focus.

“I would like to thank Sri Lanka cricket for the way they have looked after us so far in the tour. The security, practice facilities and everything has been top notch. After the incident Sri Lanka went through couple of months ago, when we came to know that we will tour Sri Lanka I think everyone was looking forward to this day,” said Tamim to the media on Monday. 

“Not very long ago we were in a similar situation and I think Sri Lanka was one of the teams that had come forward to help Bangladesh cricket. In cricket we are all like a family so we need to help each other whenever there is an incident like this. Honestly, we are very comfortable here and we are thinking nothing but cricket. The boys are enjoying the stay in the hotel or even if they want to go out, we feel completely safe. I hope this series will be an interesting one. These two teams are very good and we have a lot to prove,” said the left-handed Bangladesh opener.

Bangladesh as a team is in search of a revival. The Tigers, despite achieving few wins, had finished on number eight in the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, a much worse resulting considering their form and standard that they set in recent years. 

Tamim, the premier opener of the country’s history, who had a poor World Cup, acknowledged the fact. 

“I thought we had a decent world cup. There were few games that we should have won. You see the point table and you will say we have a very bad world cup. Yes, we as cricketers felt that we could have done more but we played some good cricket. But Bangladesh right not is at a stage where I think playing only good cricket is not enough, winning games is more important. If you look it that way we had a disappointing World Cup. 

“I look forward to this series which I have told you that this will be a very important series. Some of the regular players are missing due to personal reasons. But the squad we have is very capable. Playing Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka will be difficult but we have done well the last time we were here. I hope we continue doing that and produce some good cricket for Bangladesh,” said Tamim who is set to lead Bangladesh in ODIs for the first time.

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