Bangladesh v Pakistan, 1st ODI, Mirpur November 30, 2011

Tamim should be fit to play first ODI - Stuart Law

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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal should be fit to play in the first ODI against Pakistan, team coach Stuart Law has said. Tamim was forced out of the only T20 game between the sides at the last minute because of a knee injury, but Law said the knee had "responded well to the treatment and at this point it looks that he [Tamim] can take his place in the top order".

Tamim's absence for the T20 meant Naeem Islam opened alongside Imrul Kayes, while Alok Kapali batted at No.3, where he made a three-ball duck. Law admitted that last-minute changes in the batting line-up tended to destablise a side, but said rather than seeing it as a negative that Kapali had to be pushed up the order, it was more of a "positive because it's an opportunity for him to play in the side and get a opportunity to bat and its unfortunate the way it worked out last night".

Law did not blame the wicket for Bangladesh's poor batting performance, saying that while it wasn't what they expected, it was understandable given how much cricket had been played at Mirpur over the last three weeks.

"There has to be some self blame in there as well," Law said. "We have to be able to score runs under difficult conditions to be able to beat good teams around the world."

Bangladesh lost the T20 by 50 runs and Law said it would be tough to beat a Pakistan team that was coming off a confidence-boosting tour against Sri Lanka in the UAE, where Pakistan claimed series wins in all three formats. At the same time, he said Bangladesh was not there simply to make up the numbers.

"We are not here to lose and not here to go into the series thinking that we can't compete. We are into the series putting our plans together and if we can stick to the plans and play good cricket, anything is possible.

"It's going to be tough. They had a very good series win against Sri Lanka and the Sri Lankans have got some great players in their line up. We know that we have to play very good cricket to beat Pakistan. But we can't think this way. We should be thinking that we should put scores up in the board and defend totals and fight them the way we really need to. Pakistan are a world-class team. If we can start emulating them then that would be really good."

Pakistan are riding a rich vein of form at the moment, and Younis Khan said that if the batting keeps clicking alongside the bowling, then they could win every series they play.

"The good thing about these youngsters is that they want to learn," Younis said. "Guys like Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq, they've already performed in the top level so I think our future in batting looks very bright at the moment.

"I think we have a good combination of young and old. Especially in the bowling, the bowling wins you matches. We have a lot of quality spinners now in [Saeed] Ajmal, [Shoaib] Malik, [Mohammad] Hafeez, and [Shahid] Afridi. And also a very good pace attack with Aizaz Cheema, Umar Gul and Sohail Tanvir. So that's why I think we are winning matches consistently now."

Still, he was not prepared to completely write-off Bangladesh's chances in the series. "In international games you have to take the opposition seriously. After the series you can say weather it was an easy series or a hard one. I think it will be a good one."

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  • A on December 1, 2011, 4:17 GMT

    My only concern, and I say concern and not a worry yet, is that Pakistani batsmen has always been vulnerable to quality left arm orthodox bowling and BD has plenty of that. With the spinning tracks in test matches, it'll be quite interesting if BD happens to win the toss and plays according to the condition. Having said all that, I still think BD has close to no chance to win any of the matches in this tour. But then again, Pakistani players have a good tendency of becoming complacent. (In recent past they have however shown no such signs, thank God).

  • TMoney on December 1, 2011, 2:59 GMT

    Siddons attitude is negative. Its not looking good for BD but best wishes

  • Dummy4 on December 1, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    Tamim is good but hasn't done much against Pakistan in the past, and is coming from injury as well. The real danger man is Shakib

  • Wahab on November 30, 2011, 20:01 GMT

    Pakistan have recently played with SriLanka , They have competed players like SANGAKARA, JAYWERDENE , DILSHAN .... So, Can u compare Tamim Iqbal with these players? I dont think so ... May be he give Pakistan a little hard time ... but i dont hink he is going to make MUCH difference.

    @worldofcricketforums .... You are right , but atleast these series, especially against srilanks , it is providing pakistan chances to improve and compete with big team, And do remember one thing , When ENgland came in INDIA , on those pitches they were a failure , so ON UAE pitches i hope they are gona be a big failure ...

    @khurramsch ,....., Well this is their home series , they know everything about pitches , they knew T20 pitch best suits spinners so they had spiners all the way , and i think this decision went their way ,As after every over you could find different baller with different style and variation. So batsman could not hit the ball as they wanted. But in ODI it will be different.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Rimon stupid you are,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,pakistan will white wash

  • Hanz on November 30, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Trust me; being an old fan of BD cricket team; it was really surprising and at the same time frustrating to see Farhad Reza in the team; just because, he is a bowling all-rounder. his slow medium pace with lot of half volley+wide out of the off stump deliveries will only big runs for Pakistani Batsman, Besides inaccurate batting technique won't add much value in overall team score. I have been observing him for quite long and to me he is not at all a benchmark player to fit in our National Team (!!! ). my ques is y not giving chance to another batsman or a spinning all rounder?....................last not least; if somehow BD can manage to forget what Pakistan have done in UAE with srilanka; it would be easier to not allow pakistan to dominate them. Best of Luck

  • Rakim on November 30, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Pakistani batting might be unreliable but they are still favorites

  • Adil on November 30, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    at the same time it is a good chance for Bangladesh players as they can learn, in the ground as well as off-the-field, a lot from Pakistan players. I am sure their medium pacers can learn a thing or two from Gul and even Cheema who is technically junior then every single BD bowler but still bowl a lot better then all of them combined. Similarly Younis and Misbah can definitely give some valuable tips to their batsmen.

  • Adil on November 30, 2011, 18:06 GMT

    Tamim is a good batsman, and his return will definitely help Bangladesh. But it is still going to be way too hard for them to beat Pakistan. Bangladesh is not as talented as Pak, nor they have any self confidence or "attitude" that can force opposition to wobble. Unfortunately for them, they dont have a genuine match winner either. It means they are behind in all areas of the game. Pakistan is superior side in batting, bowling, all round capabilities, and although it is hard to believe, even in fielding. Younis's comments are sensible and more close to reality then those of Law. My only hope is, this series does not turn out to be as one-sided and boring as it looks to be at the moment.

  • Dummy4 on November 30, 2011, 16:56 GMT

    PAK will loose the next game. I will return and will write again!

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