The most assured batsman for the national team, Tamim Iqbal, is not worried or unhappy about the decision of the Bangladesh Cricket Board for sacking him as the vice-captain of the national cricket team. The problems were brewing among the skipper and the selection committee, coach and board, coach and players regarding various issues from a couple of months ago. After the disastrous Zimbabwe tour things came to a boiling point.
On September 6, the cricket board took the decision and sacked the captain and vice-captain of the team after getting the reports about various irregularities among the players.
The left handed batsman told many things about himself and the present condition of the team. For the first time after being removed from the post of vice-captain he faced the media and replied to some queries.
He said, “I am not worried or unhappy about it. It is the board’s decision. I’ve no authority on the matter. I did not take the post myself. If the BCB thinks that I was not the right man then that’s fine. I’ve no complaint, no resentment against any body. I respect them whether it is wrong or right.”
“I was very honest when I was the vice caption for the team. I’m very happy to be a part of the Bangladesh team. I always try to play better for the team,” the dashing batsman said while he was answering the queries of the media persons at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium on Friday.
The opening batsman was talking with the media at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Friday humbly said he would have felt better if the board had discussed the matter with him before taking their decision. He said he would give his full support to the new captain of the team.
When asked about the hassle with coach in Zimbabwe, Tamim said, “I was shocked to hear the news. I had nothing to do with it.”
When asked about the Zimbabwean new pacer Braden Vittori whom he described as ordinary bowler, the opening batsman of the Bangladesh national team just avoided the issue. Rather he said “We’re going to play another tournament. Tell us or ask about it. Don’t ask about it. You all have heard many things about it. Asked about the West Indies bowlers Adams or Rampal.”
Talking about the BCB Cup, Tamim said, “I think it’s a very positive initiative of the BCB. It will be a challenge. It will be very helpful for all levels of players. If someone exhibits his best performance in the tournament the possibility of his inclusion to the national team will be much more than others. If national team players do better performance in the match, it will be a moral boost for the upcoming tour.”
When asked if he would feel any pressure as every player will try to put on his best performance and try to take a position in the national team, Tamim said, “I think there is no pressure on us. It’s just another cricket game. If we can put up our best performance it will increase our confidence for the next series against West Indies. At any game or any tournament, every player wants to show his best performance in the game.”
-With The Independent input