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Tamim 'completely surprised' by Law decision

Nagraj Gollapudi

April 16, 2012

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Tamim Iqbal pushes one to the off side, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 20, 2012
Tamim Iqbal: "This is the tragedy with Bangladesh cricket: whenever we do something good, something bad happens" © Associated Press
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Tamim Iqbal, one of Bangladesh's top batsmen, has said he had no idea that the national coach Stuart Law was going to resign. He was talking hours after Law announced his decision to quit as Bangladesh coach.

"I'm completely taken by surprise," Tamim told ESPNcricinfo. "But family comes first." Law was stepping down less than a month after guiding Bangladesh to the final of the Asia Cup.

Tamim said Law had added to the professionalism brought in by his predecessors as coach, the Australian pair of Dav Whatmore and Jamie Siddons. "Law gave us the belief that we can do it," Tamim said. "And that only pumped up the players. He used to give us tremendous amount of confidence. A team like us needs the confidence and he always supported us.

"The relationship between a coach and the players takes time to develop usually and with Stuey, we were almost there. Everyone was enjoying his presence in the dressing room and he was enjoying being with us as well."

Tamim also gave a personal example of Law's influence. "When I was going through a rough patch during the Pakistan series (last December) he kept pushing me to work hard. There is one line I can never forget. He said: 'Someone is hurt now and someone will be hurt in the Asia Cup.'" Tamim made four half-centuries in four matches in the Asia Cup and finished as the second-highest run-maker in the tournament.

Tamim said he was also disappointed as he felt Law's departure was a bit of a backward step for Bangladesh cricket. "We will miss him definitely. This is the tragedy with Bangladesh cricket: whenever we do something good, something bad happens."

Edited by Siddarth Ravindran

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by sagargiri80 on (April 17, 2012, 8:33 GMT)

Mr. Karansagar, Tamim played more that 110 ODI's...dont make comments till u know the status of the player...we should stop laughing on others atleast now, is'nt it???

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 8:26 GMT)

guys please read the article 'law quits' at espncricinfo. dear all its not about the pakistan tour as law would be in pakistan with the bangladesh team. his couching period ends in june. he is now serving his prior notice period as per his contract, which covers pakistan tour easily.

Posted by MSMA on (April 17, 2012, 7:28 GMT)

It was a great win for bangladesh in asia cup. Stuart Law is great coach for bangladesh team, surely he made spark in bangladesh cricket team.

Posted by samsez on (April 17, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

guys please read the article 'law quits' at espncricinfo. dear all its not about the pakistan tour as law would be in pakistan with the bangladesh team. his couching period ends in june. he is now serving his prior notice period as per his contract, which covers pakistan tour easily.

Posted by   on (April 17, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

no doubt law was a good couch

Posted by mgrab on (April 16, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

Pakistan has been happily playing their home series games against other teams in foreign soil so why can it not play against Bangladesh outside Pakistan?

Stuart Law has made a sensible decision, given the situation. Best wishes to him.

Posted by fr600 on (April 16, 2012, 21:50 GMT)

If would be interesting to see if BAN can find a good coach before PAK tour.

Posted by karansagar on (April 16, 2012, 20:19 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal as a senior batsman!!!!!!????? Pretty funny, But understandable, in Bangladesh if a players played for more than a couple of months he is a senior player

Posted by sirvivfan on (April 16, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Law is a coach and such he has no authority to dictate who and where Bangladesh play against. He is misguided in doing so. Some of these guys feel they have high and mighty moral ground because where they come from. As some people have said this whole thing has become very political. International hockey has been played in Pakistan, so I am sure it can be made safe and I am sure this will be the case. Thanks must go to Bangladesh cricket board to give Pakistan cricket supporters something to cheer about. I still do not think other countries will tour on political grounds.

Posted by muannis on (April 16, 2012, 17:53 GMT)

I can't understand why people saying Stuart resigns due to pakistan tour.Law hinted that he might resign and media also published it few days ago when the pakistan tour was not even fixed ! Moreover, he will work with the team till June and probably tour with the team to pakistan. I am from Bangladesh by the way !

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