Bangladesh news April 16, 2012

Tamim 'completely surprised' by Law decision

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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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  • 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???

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on April 17, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    no doubt law was a good couch

  • 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.

  • fr600 on April 16, 2012, 21:50 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 !

  • 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???

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • on April 17, 2012, 5:41 GMT

    no doubt law was a good couch

  • 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.

  • fr600 on April 16, 2012, 21:50 GMT

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

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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 !

  • on April 16, 2012, 16:37 GMT

    I dont see any reason why bangalis shouldn't go to pak for safety reasons or otherwise. this is coming from bangali. Athough i am probably being influenced by my pakistani wife :D

  • saabir786 on April 16, 2012, 16:30 GMT

    bangladesh dont need to worry there r so many worldclass coach available now a days except asia cup he was proving to be super flop.bangladesh improved performance only due to the bpl law has no role to play even when whatmore resign people were saying the same thing he was the very ordinary player and coach as is evident for his team performance in bpl

  • on April 16, 2012, 15:55 GMT

    No problem with the pak tour.

  • Ronydj on April 16, 2012, 15:32 GMT

    law will not go to the pak, its final

  • Desihungama on April 16, 2012, 15:27 GMT

    It will be a shame if Law resigned due to Bangladesh agreeing to tour Pakistan. He was very vocal in his opposition to the tour and I am really surprised of his actions. This is in between the two boards with brotherly and cordial relations. Law has no business dictating players or the board not to tour one country or another. Australia hasn't played in Pakistan since 1998. What was the security threat back then? It is clear to me that Australians do not want to tour Pak no matter what. This is not how international sports are run. I am hoping for tough Bangladesh contest as they are the most improved side in international arena.

  • Bang_La on April 16, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Commentators who are making comments on Law's staying till June as a proof of no relationship between the Pakistan tour and his resignation, might not have not read Law's statement in December that he wouldn't go to Pakistan with the team. Get a full picture first. Nobody asked his latest stand about the tour and I take his previous stand is still valid.

  • on April 16, 2012, 14:38 GMT

    He wont go to pakistan be sure about it.And the tigers wont go to pakistan at all.We wont let them go

  • Nazmus09 on April 16, 2012, 14:24 GMT

    plenty of people saying he is quitting for Pakistan tour ...i dont think so he must have his own reason...after all he is a very professional guy and he will visit Pakistan with Bangladesh cricket team cause he will be with them till June...

  • on April 16, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    Quit or no quit, Law clarified much earlier that he won't travel with the team to Pakistan. So, don't jump that his contract till June will make him do so.

  • NokshiKatha on April 16, 2012, 14:05 GMT

    what is the main reason of this resignition?? a professional coach could not do this...seriously there would be some reason....& afterall we do not need Lotus Kamal as BCB President.

  • on April 16, 2012, 13:31 GMT

    i think its all about the pakistan tour"

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on April 16, 2012, 13:11 GMT

    @ nzcricket: He is mentioned as senior player according to number of games he played in comparison with most other BD cricketers, although he is not senior according to age. Anyway, all other senior players like Razzak, Mash, Ash etc. may b also Surprised by this decision. Law quits as BD decided to visit Unsafe Pakistan. Local On line Media had revealed few weeks back that he wouldn't visit PK with BD team. It's a Shame for BD to decide visit PK by putting BD team into a Controversy now.

  • on April 16, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    nzcricket - he has played 113 ODIs and 24 tests, the former would make him a senior player in a fair few sides right now!

  • Dr.Hassan.Malik on April 16, 2012, 12:49 GMT

    he will still travel to Pak as his resign comes JUNE onwards.. so pak tour is just not da reason.. He would have given imediate unavailability if Pak tour would have been a problem..

  • on April 16, 2012, 12:16 GMT

    Law will leave in June.It means he is available for Pak tour and .

  • on April 16, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @nzcricket174: Because the age of most of the players of Bangladesh is about 23/24. And Tamim has been playing for BD since 2007. And that's why he has been a senior player. I I think there is nothing to be surprised.

  • Meety on April 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Shame for Bangladesh, you'd think Law would of weighed this up carefully BEFORE he took on the contract. Anyways, hope the Bangas can keep the ball rolling.

  • DecisionPending_BD on April 16, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    BCB must quit Lotas kamal first then we will talk about Law. I think its pity early, yap family concerns first but BCB should try to keep him for more time before getting another coach.Law- man it's too early, we have lot more job to do. @@ Shafin 9 ( I think you cause survives but I'm not 100% sure about it.)

  • on April 16, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Err... have you lot actually read the articles? He's leaving in JUNE, not now! So he will be the coach for the matches in APRIL against Pakistan.

  • ZackH on April 16, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @ nzcricket174, Seniority doesn't come with age my friend. It comes with experience. And it terms of experience Tamim is definitely one of the seniors in the CURRENT team.

  • Shafin1987 on April 16, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    I don't want to see Lotus Kamal as BCB chief.It is he who forced him to take this decision.Stuart Law is leaving because he doesn't want to go to PAK.Family cause is just an illusion.

  • Baundele on April 16, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Thanks to the BCB president, Bangladesh cricket is going backwards. Scheduling risky and useless tour to Pakistan against the majority of the people. dropping the best batsman of the team for personal disliking and now a good coach is retiring. Lotus should be replaced immediately.

  • nzcricket174 on April 16, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Amazing how he is a senior player at the age of 23!

  • on April 16, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    May be he is scared to travel to pakistan which is scheduled this month end

  • on April 16, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Should look for Trevor Bailyss now.

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  • on April 16, 2012, 10:16 GMT

    Should look for Trevor Bailyss now.

  • on April 16, 2012, 10:17 GMT

    May be he is scared to travel to pakistan which is scheduled this month end

  • nzcricket174 on April 16, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    Amazing how he is a senior player at the age of 23!

  • Baundele on April 16, 2012, 10:42 GMT

    Thanks to the BCB president, Bangladesh cricket is going backwards. Scheduling risky and useless tour to Pakistan against the majority of the people. dropping the best batsman of the team for personal disliking and now a good coach is retiring. Lotus should be replaced immediately.

  • Shafin1987 on April 16, 2012, 10:45 GMT

    I don't want to see Lotus Kamal as BCB chief.It is he who forced him to take this decision.Stuart Law is leaving because he doesn't want to go to PAK.Family cause is just an illusion.

  • ZackH on April 16, 2012, 11:33 GMT

    @ nzcricket174, Seniority doesn't come with age my friend. It comes with experience. And it terms of experience Tamim is definitely one of the seniors in the CURRENT team.

  • on April 16, 2012, 11:34 GMT

    Err... have you lot actually read the articles? He's leaving in JUNE, not now! So he will be the coach for the matches in APRIL against Pakistan.

  • DecisionPending_BD on April 16, 2012, 11:51 GMT

    BCB must quit Lotas kamal first then we will talk about Law. I think its pity early, yap family concerns first but BCB should try to keep him for more time before getting another coach.Law- man it's too early, we have lot more job to do. @@ Shafin 9 ( I think you cause survives but I'm not 100% sure about it.)

  • Meety on April 16, 2012, 12:08 GMT

    Shame for Bangladesh, you'd think Law would of weighed this up carefully BEFORE he took on the contract. Anyways, hope the Bangas can keep the ball rolling.

  • on April 16, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    @nzcricket174: Because the age of most of the players of Bangladesh is about 23/24. And Tamim has been playing for BD since 2007. And that's why he has been a senior player. I I think there is nothing to be surprised.