Thursday, 9 December, 2021

Tamim’s absence a good opportunity for other openers, says Mahmudullah

Tamim’s absence a good opportunity for other openers, says Mahmudullah

Bangladesh T20 skipper Mahmudullah feels that the absence of their experienced opener Tamim Iqbal in the World Cup side can be a great opportunity for other openers like Liton Das and Mohammad Naim to prove their worth.

“I think Tamim has been one of the best players for Bangladesh over the years at the same time it’s going to be a good opportunity for the young players like Naim and Liton Das,” Mahmudullah said during a press conference hosted by the ICC on Thursday.

“Liton has been with the Bangladesh team around 6 or 7 years. So it is a very good combination for those two young guys. Soumya also batted well in the last two practice matches so it will be a good opportunity for them to step up and try to make some good things for Bangladesh,” he added.

Tamim earlier decided to opt-out from the T20 World Cup in the UAE and Oman in order to give a fair chance to the other openers as he was out of the format for a substantial period of time and in his absence, Naim, Soumya and Liton opened for Bangladesh.

Meanwhile, Mahmudullah expects that Shakib Al Hasan will play the same role which he did against Australia and New Zealand at home recently.

“He Shakib had wonderful tournaments against Australia and New Zealand. He scored a lot of runs and some wickets under his belt and I hope he will deliver the same kind of performance in the World Cup.

“As a team, we are yet to improve in a lot of areas. We want to bring Bangladesh brand of style cricket because we feel that we are much better-skilled hitters rather than power hitters. Those are the things we need to be aware of,” he added.

Mahmudullah said that he’s optimistic to be available from the beginning of the Tigers’ world cup mission despite missing their last two warm-up games.

Bangladesh played two practice matches against Sri Lanka and Ireland without Mahmudullah as the team management decided to rest the skipper, who is currently recovering from back pain.

“I’m now feeling pretty good. I missed the practice matches due to back pain. I was injured a few months ago. The team management didn’t want to take any risk this time. But I’m hopeful I will be available to play from the beginning of the tournament,” he concluded.