Bangladesh news February 9, 2014

Tamim steps down as Bangladesh vice-captain

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Tamim Iqbal has resigned as Bangladesh's vice-captain to focus more on his batting. He informed the BCB through a letter to Akram Khan, the chairman of the cricket operations committee.

The board had appointed Tamim as Mushfiqur Rahim's deputy for the series against Sri Lanka four days before the Dhaka Test that started on January 27. He was given the same role on Saturday when Mashrafe Mortaza was named captain for the two-match Twenty20 series after Mushfiqur was rested due to a finger injury.

"With such a long season coming up, I think it is in the best interest of the team that I focus on my batting," Tamim said. "The role of the vice-captain has certain off-field duties, although it is not that visible on the field."

Nazmul Hassan, the BCB president, said that Mashrafe's experience as an international captain convinced him to give the bowler the interim job.

"Tamim Iqbal is a very important member of the national cricket team and he is a future leader," Hassan said. "More than anything, it is his batting ability which is most significant to the fortunes of Bangladesh cricket. With a busy international season underway we felt it would be best not to burden him with the additional responsibility of captaincy in the Twenty20 series against Sri Lanka so that he could fully concentrate on his batting.

"Masrafe Bin Mortaza is the team's most senior cricketer and an inspirational figure. We are confident that he will lead the side competently with his vast experience."

The two-match Test series against Sri Lanka has been Tamim's second-worst in terms of runs scored. He made 48 runs in the series, getting out playing a hook shot and a hoick in the two innings in Mirpur.

There was expectation that he would bounce back in his hometown Chittagong but he missed a delivery that kept low in the first innings, and was bowled through the gate in the second innings.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. He tweets here

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  • POSTED BY Fogu on | February 11, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Thank you legalbeagle, For someone who does not like BD team and believes they should not be playing cricket, you sure show up plenty in our posts. You admire us don't you, admit it. You can't get enough of us. :) I agree with the board. Tamim is not captaincy material. He is immature and needs to focus on not throwing his wicket away. Success two years ago has gotten to his head and he has been underperforming lately. In terms of captainship temperament, Mushy, Mashrafe and Mahmudullah comes to mind (even though Mahmudullah's place is at times questioned). Nasir can be groomed for the future. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY mainul079080 on | February 11, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    It was a great decision not to make Tamim captain. I think he is probably hyurt by that decision. But i think he has not the substance in him to be a captain. But he is a good batsman, just having a off form. I think he will recover soon. The fans who are bashing Tamim as a batsmen is very immature. They dont have enough wisdom to understand a player's ability.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | February 10, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Tamim is not even over-rated. There is no rating on him cause he is ordinary. He should be removed from the pathetic team also.

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | February 10, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    It's way to important to perform in the game than the captaincy. Look at Shakib, if you perform regularly, you will be respected ......... who cares a captain who lacks performance !

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | February 10, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    He shouldn't even be in the T20 team. he rarely perform and when he does he keep his strike rate around 100. In test he cant stop playing hasty shot and get out and in T20 he plays like it is ODI.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Tamim needs a short break in all sorts of cricket. bcoz he does not shows any good performence in recent some match

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Tamim felt insulted after not being elected as captain of T20 team since Mushfique is injured. After Mortaza got elected as T20 captain, he just don't want to be a dummy vice-captain.

  • POSTED BY Sajeeb_Narail on | February 10, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    T20 team should be like this Tamim,Shamsur,Anamul,Mominul,Sakeeb,Nasir,Riad,Sabbir,Mashrafee,Al-Amin

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Tamim needs persisting as we all know he is a great batsman but nowadays players are improving and no - one guaranteed a place! !

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | February 9, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    Thomas Cherian, how can he be another Ashraful in the making when he already surpassed Ashraful in all department, years ago? If you have something bad to say at least back it up with facts and also do it in the RIGHT place. This has nothing to do with anything you said.

  • POSTED BY Fogu on | February 11, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Thank you legalbeagle, For someone who does not like BD team and believes they should not be playing cricket, you sure show up plenty in our posts. You admire us don't you, admit it. You can't get enough of us. :) I agree with the board. Tamim is not captaincy material. He is immature and needs to focus on not throwing his wicket away. Success two years ago has gotten to his head and he has been underperforming lately. In terms of captainship temperament, Mushy, Mashrafe and Mahmudullah comes to mind (even though Mahmudullah's place is at times questioned). Nasir can be groomed for the future. Go Tigers!

  • POSTED BY mainul079080 on | February 11, 2014, 3:38 GMT

    It was a great decision not to make Tamim captain. I think he is probably hyurt by that decision. But i think he has not the substance in him to be a captain. But he is a good batsman, just having a off form. I think he will recover soon. The fans who are bashing Tamim as a batsmen is very immature. They dont have enough wisdom to understand a player's ability.

  • POSTED BY Legaleagle on | February 10, 2014, 18:58 GMT

    Tamim is not even over-rated. There is no rating on him cause he is ordinary. He should be removed from the pathetic team also.

  • POSTED BY Tokai69 on | February 10, 2014, 16:38 GMT

    It's way to important to perform in the game than the captaincy. Look at Shakib, if you perform regularly, you will be respected ......... who cares a captain who lacks performance !

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | February 10, 2014, 16:31 GMT

    He shouldn't even be in the T20 team. he rarely perform and when he does he keep his strike rate around 100. In test he cant stop playing hasty shot and get out and in T20 he plays like it is ODI.

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 14:53 GMT

    Tamim needs a short break in all sorts of cricket. bcoz he does not shows any good performence in recent some match

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 13:07 GMT

    Tamim felt insulted after not being elected as captain of T20 team since Mushfique is injured. After Mortaza got elected as T20 captain, he just don't want to be a dummy vice-captain.

  • POSTED BY Sajeeb_Narail on | February 10, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    T20 team should be like this Tamim,Shamsur,Anamul,Mominul,Sakeeb,Nasir,Riad,Sabbir,Mashrafee,Al-Amin

  • POSTED BY on | February 10, 2014, 0:44 GMT

    Tamim needs persisting as we all know he is a great batsman but nowadays players are improving and no - one guaranteed a place! !

  • POSTED BY Masking_Tape on | February 9, 2014, 23:53 GMT

    Thomas Cherian, how can he be another Ashraful in the making when he already surpassed Ashraful in all department, years ago? If you have something bad to say at least back it up with facts and also do it in the RIGHT place. This has nothing to do with anything you said.

  • POSTED BY rsmehdihasan on | February 9, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    Tamim is our great batsman and only lonely performer opener. opening the innings at any format is the most important. BD needs his performance very much. Tamim needs to focus only his batting and nothing else. Good and Timely decision by Tamim. Hope he will blast and score a century in coming one day's

  • POSTED BY Bangladesh_Forever on | February 9, 2014, 18:38 GMT

    Its time to fine-tune our national team...

    Test team: 1. Shamsur, 2. Kayes, 3. Mominul, 4. Naeem, 5. Mushfiq, 6. Shakib, 7. Nasir, 8. Mahmudullah, 9. Enamul Jnr., 10. Robiul, 11. Al-Amin; reserve- Marshall, Gazi, Zia

    ODI team: 1. Tamim, 2. Shamsur, 3. Mominul, 4. Mushfiq, 5. Shakib, 6. Nasir, 7. Mahmudullah, 8. Gazi, 9. Razzak, 10. Mashrafe, 11. Al-Amin; reserve- Anamul, Farhad, Rubel

    T20I team: 1. Anamul, 2. Shamsur, 3. Mominul, 4. Shakib, 5. Mushfiq, 6. Nasir, 7. Sabbir, 8. Razzak, 9. Arafat, 10. Mashrafe, 11. Al-Amin; reserve- Tamim, Elias, Muktar

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 9, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    He is another Ashafrful in making over rated player

  • POSTED BY Rezwan1492 on | February 9, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Tamim has lost the spark. It is high time for him to realize it and start working on it. One flash of performance does not mean anything. So I support his decision because it will allow him to focus on his flaws that is if he really do so.

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | February 9, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Tamim is a star & world class batsman. He showed form in his last innings where he occupied the crease for 100+ balls scoring 30+. Ban needs to stick with him & I'm sure he'll deliver. Don't underestimate the match winner in Tamim. As far as vice captaincy is concerned, I'll go with Shakib Al Hasan. I'll not give it to Nasir as I want him score big always focusing only on his batting & he's too young. No for Mahmudullah too as he needs to permanent his place in the XI. He's recently in & out of the XI after his form declined in SL tour. Razzak isn't a certainty in tests. So, that also rules him out.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | February 9, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee on (February 9, 2014, 11:21 GMT) You are absolutely spot on regarding Tamim.Tamim really needs a big break from all sort of international cricket for next one year and concentrate more on domestic (He failed to score a single 50 plus innings in 4 innings at NCL before SL arrival) and foreign leagues; specially in ENG and NZ as he played last 2 years.Frankly speaking Tamim doesn't deserve to be in the team at any format of the game with his poor form for a sure.

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Good decision by Tamim. Bangladesh need Tamim show as player with his potential. A mamaner or leader Tamim is not very important. Mahmudullah may be best for this role. If there is no vice-cap that would be the best!!! There are player like Sakib, Razzak, Nasir who are mature enough to made the best decisions in the field.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 9, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    First of all, it was surprise to see him as a VC. Good on him that he's resign.... Whatever the reason is . Focusing more on his batting if this is true... He should give it a real priority, otherwise I think the time is not that far away BD will look beyond or dumped him.

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    yah its good boss TAMIM... not like captaincy need only BOOM BOOM

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | February 9, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Good decision. He should either improve his batting or get dropped. He has to be consistent if he really wanna be in the team and he is not good enough to be vice captain. it was a wrong decision of BCB to give him such responsibility because he never liked such role in the team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 9, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    I am so proud of you man. Definately need you to focus on batting. Riyad bhai has been a great v.c., hope he gets the role. Anyways, Mashrafe bhai good luck! Let's bring home the Win

  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | February 9, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Who on earth made him as vice-captain in first place? everyone should know he's no captain material. Anyway, I'm not a fan of Tamim anymore because he seems to have faded away since 2010 and Bangladesh have much better batsman now in Shamsur, Shakib, Rahim and Mominul. He can perform poor if he wants but shouldn't really be in the team anymore with this kind of attitude.

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  • POSTED BY Warm_Coffee on | February 9, 2014, 11:21 GMT

    Who on earth made him as vice-captain in first place? everyone should know he's no captain material. Anyway, I'm not a fan of Tamim anymore because he seems to have faded away since 2010 and Bangladesh have much better batsman now in Shamsur, Shakib, Rahim and Mominul. He can perform poor if he wants but shouldn't really be in the team anymore with this kind of attitude.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | February 9, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    I am so proud of you man. Definately need you to focus on batting. Riyad bhai has been a great v.c., hope he gets the role. Anyways, Mashrafe bhai good luck! Let's bring home the Win

  • POSTED BY asiacricket1234 on | February 9, 2014, 11:35 GMT

    Good decision. He should either improve his batting or get dropped. He has to be consistent if he really wanna be in the team and he is not good enough to be vice captain. it was a wrong decision of BCB to give him such responsibility because he never liked such role in the team

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 11:46 GMT

    yah its good boss TAMIM... not like captaincy need only BOOM BOOM

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 9, 2014, 12:37 GMT

    First of all, it was surprise to see him as a VC. Good on him that he's resign.... Whatever the reason is . Focusing more on his batting if this is true... He should give it a real priority, otherwise I think the time is not that far away BD will look beyond or dumped him.

  • POSTED BY on | February 9, 2014, 12:49 GMT

    Good decision by Tamim. Bangladesh need Tamim show as player with his potential. A mamaner or leader Tamim is not very important. Mahmudullah may be best for this role. If there is no vice-cap that would be the best!!! There are player like Sakib, Razzak, Nasir who are mature enough to made the best decisions in the field.

  • POSTED BY Rafelgibt on | February 9, 2014, 16:19 GMT

    @Warm_Coffee on (February 9, 2014, 11:21 GMT) You are absolutely spot on regarding Tamim.Tamim really needs a big break from all sort of international cricket for next one year and concentrate more on domestic (He failed to score a single 50 plus innings in 4 innings at NCL before SL arrival) and foreign leagues; specially in ENG and NZ as he played last 2 years.Frankly speaking Tamim doesn't deserve to be in the team at any format of the game with his poor form for a sure.

  • POSTED BY SamWintson92 on | February 9, 2014, 16:59 GMT

    Tamim is a star & world class batsman. He showed form in his last innings where he occupied the crease for 100+ balls scoring 30+. Ban needs to stick with him & I'm sure he'll deliver. Don't underestimate the match winner in Tamim. As far as vice captaincy is concerned, I'll go with Shakib Al Hasan. I'll not give it to Nasir as I want him score big always focusing only on his batting & he's too young. No for Mahmudullah too as he needs to permanent his place in the XI. He's recently in & out of the XI after his form declined in SL tour. Razzak isn't a certainty in tests. So, that also rules him out.

  • POSTED BY Rezwan1492 on | February 9, 2014, 17:31 GMT

    Tamim has lost the spark. It is high time for him to realize it and start working on it. One flash of performance does not mean anything. So I support his decision because it will allow him to focus on his flaws that is if he really do so.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | February 9, 2014, 17:41 GMT

    He is another Ashafrful in making over rated player