Asia Cup 2012 March 8, 2012

Tamim included in Asia Cup squad


Tamim Iqbal has been added to Bangladesh's squad for the Asia Cup, three days and much drama after having initially been excluded and listed only as a reserve. The BCB have now issued a release saying Tamim has been added to the squad, making it a 15-man squad for the Asia Cup, which starts with a match between Bangladesh and Pakistan in Mirpur on March 11.

His name was in the original 15-man list the selectors had drawn up but was removed after the list was given to BCB president Mustafa Kamal for approval. Tamim's removal from the squad led chief selector Akram Khan to announce his resignation, citing interference in selection from directors and the board president.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, Tamim underwent fitness tests to prove that he had fully recovered from typhoid. Confirmation of his fitness came from captain Mushfiqur Rahim and coach Stuart Law as well as the cricket operations committee, but the drama was not over.

ESPNcricinfo has learned that on Thursday afternoon Kamal informed the board's cricket operations committee to continue with the 14-man squad, without Tamim. After several hours of discussions, Tamim was informed late on Thursday of his inclusion and had to rush to the team hotel and join the rest of the squad.

Edited by Dustin Silgardo

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • Anas-Underground on March 9, 2012, 19:28 GMT

    if Bangladesh can book India, Pak or Lanka within 250-270 runs, dat wud an applausible performance from Bangladeshi bowlers. nd in order to chase those runs, we must need a fiery start from Tamim Iqbal... other wise it won't happen.... so it's proved dat we can't beat any1 in d asia cup easily if we do not have tamim

  • ChadGray on March 9, 2012, 10:11 GMT

    Asia cup .. Pretty sure SL & PAK will reach finals .. Will be a good game to watch !!

  • dummy4fb on March 9, 2012, 3:02 GMT

    Cricket in the subcontinent is extremely corrupted. Good cricketers fail to make the national squads while ordinary cricketers with good political backing make it in. Tamim is the best batsman of Bangladesh though. Another player with great potential is Mahmudullah, who has a lot of talent, but does not seem to get the chances he deserves. A player like Mushfique, who posseses no skills as a batsman, incapable of rotating the strike, only blocks with a dead face bat, not only gets selected but is crowned the captain of Bangladesh. And hats off to Sakib. He is a genuine talent. As long as these worthless, uneducated, self absorbed, low life politicians keep running cricket, Bangladesh will never get anywhere.

  • dummy4fb on March 9, 2012, 2:40 GMT

    Axing this totally out of form player was the right decision! Highly unprofessional of Akram Khan to create all this melodrama just because his nephew was axed from the team. I hope that resignation is NOT rescinded, because Akram Khan was a catastrophe as a selector. Now BD can watch Tamim make 0s in the Asia Cup!

  • bilal_bilal on March 9, 2012, 2:20 GMT

    Oh good! now we know who is going to open bowling for Pakistan. Hafeez is going to get him LBW or Bowled first over.

  • hasib9 on March 9, 2012, 1:03 GMT

    No comment. I wanted to see Nafees pair with Nazimuddin.

  • dummy4fb on March 8, 2012, 21:54 GMT

    something tells me this last minute inclusion might just lift up the entire team's spirit

  • dummy4fb on March 8, 2012, 19:39 GMT

    Now kamal and his so called technical commette should resign. People who don't know cricket are handling cricket in Bangladesh that's why team BD has very little hope to go forwad eventhough lots of talents are in bangladesh. Can prime minister of bd sort out the cricket board and bring more real cricketers to run BCB ??

  • dummy4fb on March 8, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    I don't tink including Tamim is going to change Bangla defeat against stronger opponents like pakistan , india, lanka.

  • dummy4fb on March 8, 2012, 19:22 GMT

    I dont know why this guy fails to play good innings when we all know how good a batsman he is ......

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