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Tamim to be at his best in next two years: Siddons

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 17 February, 2022 12:00 AM
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Bangladesh’s newly appointed batting coach Jamie Siddons feels that their ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal will play his best cricket across all formats in the next two years.

The 32-year-old batsman had performed exceptionally well during the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League T20 where he scored 407 runs in nine matches at an average of 58.14 while he also maintained an outstanding strike rate of 132.57 in the tournament.

Tamim, who struck one hundred and four fifties in his nine innings in the BPL, hasn’t represented Bangladesh since July last year in any format mostly because of a back injury but his performance in the BPL made Siddons optimistic about his success in the coming years.

“Tamim is very capable of an improved strike rate but he also needs a consistent partner at the other end who is more reliable and also can keep the strike rate where we need it,” Siddons, who is known to be a crucial figure behind developing the current crop of cricketers like Tamim and Shakib Al Hasan, said.

“I think you’ll see Tamim play his best cricket in the next two years in all formats,’’ he said.

“These senior players are still standout players in my opinion. You can’t buy experience and that is what makes them still crucial to the rise of the team at this level,” he added.

Siddons is currently in isolation after he tested Covid-19 positive recently and the Australian would join his charges in the national set-up after recovering from the disease.

The Bangladesh Cricket Board initially didn’t clarify Siddons role but after Ashwell Prince’s decision of stepping down from his position, they confirmed that he would work with the national team in the same capacity while also likely to help the other age-level teams.

“Coming back to Bangladesh, it’s very familiar to me. I know many people and am comfortable in my surroundings as I know the place very well,” he said, adding that he’s impressed with a lot of guys whom he watched during the ongoing BPL.

“It would be great to bring some younger players in around them (senior players) to be guided so that all pressure doesn’t fall on the young players too soon,” he said.

“I’ve watched a few games before getting infected. There are, as always, a lot of talented players in Bangladesh cricket. I’m impressed by many. No one really stands out as I’m trying to work out each day.

“I’ve seen many of these boys’ batting but until we get together before the upcoming series I can’t really comment. They have all looked good at times…I’ll definitely focus on both senior and the younger boys over the next two years,” he added.

The upcoming white-ball series against Afghanistan will mark the return of Siddons in the national team dressing room as the series will begin on February 23 in Chattogram.