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Bangladesh tour of West Indies

Tamim shines in practice game

  • Sports Correspondent
  • 12 June, 2022 12:00 AM
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Tamim shines in practice game

Bangladesh Test opener Tamim Iqbal scored a scintillating hundred against CWI President’s XI in Antigua leaving behind all kinds of controversy to prepare for the upcoming two-match Test series against West Indies, scheduled from June 16.

 Tamim, who resumed the innings on 140 runs, was unbeaten on 161 runs to give a fitting reply to all the noise that surrounded him before the tour.

Bangladesh completed day 1 on 274-6 while the tourists declared at 310-7 when the report was filed.

Tamim’s ton was particularly impressive considering the fact he was going through a lot in the recent past.

Firstly, Bangladesh batting coach Jamie Siddons created hype by declaring that Tamim can be a fantastic number when a journalist asked him whether it is possible to demote the seasoned opener considering his age as other cricketing nations opted for the same route.

However, Tamim brushed aside any kind of possibility of batting down the order as he felt he is doing fine at the top.

Tamim also cleared his stance regarding his T20 international future as his reply to a question when he was asked about his T20 international plan considering the T20 World Cup is scheduled in October on June 5 during a private function led to questions over the internal communications with the board.

BCB President Nazmul Hassan Papon vehemently denied it while Tamim also cleared his stance stating that there have been several meetings with the board regarding his T20 future.

While Tamim hit a ton, the other opener Mahmudul Hasan Joy suffered a duck. Mominul Haque, who resigned from his role as Bangladesh Test captain, also suffered a duck. Yasir Rabbi made 11 on the opening day before he was retired hurt and it was learnt that he will not bat on the second day due to a back spasm while Nurul Hasan made 35.

After Tamim, Najmul Hossain Shanto was the best scorer for Bangladesh posting 54 runs on the board and the duo stitched 141 runs for the second wicket.

Mosaddek praised the way Tamim Iqbal and Nazmul Hossain Shanto batted and thought that the practice match would play a big role in preparing the batters better for the upcoming multi-format series, scheduled to begin with the two-match Test series on June 16 in Antigua.

“Tamim Bhai is batting brilliantly and Shanto also did well. I think it was good preparation for the batters and this practice match will help us a lot in the Test matches. This will especially help the batters a lot as the condition here is quite different than what we usually see in Bangladesh. The surface offers more movement here and the bounce is also a bit more than what we get in Bangladesh,” Mossadek said.

Meanwhile, a top BCB official told the Daily Sun that the Bangladesh Test captain will join teammates this afternoon (June 11).