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IPL was an educational experience, says Tamim

Mohammad Isam

May 26, 2012

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Tamim Iqbal flicks one off his pads, Bangladesh v Sri Lanka, Asia Cup, Mirpur, March 20, 2012
Tamim Iqbal: "I did speak during [Pune Warriors'] team meetings ... If we can speak to big players [from other countries], our leadership qualities will rise" © AFP
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A few weeks outside of his comfort zone hasn't caused Tamim Iqbal to shed his energetic demeanour. Talking to the media for the first time since returning to Dhaka after the IPL, where he did not get a game in 16 matches for his franchise, Pune Warriors, his answers were an exercise in controlled emotions and wit. He took the route that would help soothe his and the fans' nerves. In fact, he said he was not available for the team's final two matches due to "personal reasons".

"It will be selfish to say that they [Warriors] didn't let me play," Tamim said on Saturday. "I have always been a team man, wherever I've played."

Being one of only two representatives from Bangladesh in a multi-national tournament like the IPL meant that there was added pressure, especially after going into the tournament on the back of four consecutive half-centuries in Bangladesh's highly successful Asia Cup campaign. That good form also added to Tamim's frustration at not playing. "It was very frustrating, because I went there with very good form. I thought I would play from the start, but the team is the most important factor. I thought every day was an opportunity for me, despite not playing.

"The thing that I liked the most was that despite being from Bangladesh, I did speak during team meetings. These things are very important because our team [Bangladesh] needs a lot of leadership qualities, so if we can speak to big players [from other countries] and in big team meetings, our leadership qualities will rise. I'm sure Shakib has done it [at his IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders], and I did it."

Tamim also said that he enjoyed observing those around him, especially the big two in his team - captain and mentor Sourav Ganguly, and Australia captain Michael Clarke. "They are both very different human beings; they have different ways of thinking. It was very interesting to see how they talk in team meetings, especially Ganguly, who is one of India's best captains. I saw something in him … the way he talks, he means something.

"Clarke told me that I should be playing, that meant a lot to me. If he rates me highly, why should I be disappointed? More importantly, I got the idea that he follows Bangladesh cricket. He and I spoke a few times and he told me that our unit has a lot of potential. He also said that we have a chance to impress at the next World Cup.

Despite being in such exalted company, Tamim remained a competitor and yearned to play. He was told to be prepared to play on several occasions, he said, but his chance just did not come. "There were many instances when I was asked to get ready but in the end I didn't play. I was being told, when six matches were left to play, that you'll play this game, that game ... When I shared my problem with them, they told me to go home and sort it out first ..."

"But I'm just 23, I have 10-12 years of cricket in me, so if I keep performing there will be a lot of opportunities."

Now Tamim will take a few days off before joining Victoria Sporting Club in the Dhaka Premier Division's Super League from May 31. Later, in mid-June, he will travel with Bangladesh to Zimbabwe.

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

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Posted by Baundele on (May 28, 2012, 20:39 GMT)

Not using an in form batsman, PW is the loser here. Tamim got some rest and if they pay him the promised money, I am happy.

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 18:19 GMT)

"But I'm just 23, I have 10-12 years of cricket in me, so if I keep performing there will be a lot of opportunities."..

Yeah that's the spirit, Tamim. You are the real here....

Posted by cricfan2007 on (May 28, 2012, 16:08 GMT)

@Abaa, Glenn Mcgrath was then a retired great player and was not the "in-form Mcgrath" you are talking about. On the other hand, if a team can't succeed and going out of tournament, then they should try whatever options they have. Yes, Tamim is a rookie and look a rookie won KKR the title. sometimes you have to use cricketing brain and not the obvious (specially when your obvious first choice did not fire).

Posted by   on (May 28, 2012, 15:22 GMT)

Its so obvious that, a rising star like Tamim, will never get chance to looser bottom, relegated team like Pune. This is all politics and jealousy by Indian's to Bangladesh cricket and its universal truth. We should never hope that India will ever support and appreciate our cricket. Pune's target was to morally degrade Tamim and they were 100% successful, congratulations to them, in next season hope u guys stays in bottom like this season...cheers Jawad

Posted by Dashgar on (May 28, 2012, 7:58 GMT)

@abhijeet1in, that's a stupid comment. There's no county team from Shropshire, No Sheffield Shield team from Northern Territory, does that mean they aren't domestic competitions? Of course IPL is a domestic comp. And it will stay that way unless they let in teams from Melbourne, Cape Town and Colombo (which is what CLT20 is for). More international players will enhance India's problems with their local talent floundering and will most likely weaken international cricket. Tamim is unlucky not to get a game here, it was bad selection to not try a player like him considering their horrible run of form. But it isn't the job of the BCCI and the IPL to give Bangladesh players a chance, and he wasn't the only international to be ignored all tournament.

Posted by muski on (May 28, 2012, 7:53 GMT)

Well my BD friends- we can understand your frustration. However do understand that this cap of 4 foreigners per team is putting a tremendous strain on the team management. Our RCB team had 2 guys in the form of Nannes and Vettori who were benched.You cant get offended by that. For all the heroics of Tamim in the Asia cup, he is pretty much an unknown commodity for Indian cricket. Great talent can never go unnoticed. His time will come soon- he needs to keep knocking the doors harder.

Posted by borhans on (May 28, 2012, 6:23 GMT)

Gangully really know how to embarrass players like Tamim's class .Maybe that is why few players have good relation with him .He is just too arrogant to play with .Good luck Pune they just brought most unlucky charm in IPL & without him leaving Pune their downfall will not stop .

Posted by Love_cricket123 on (May 28, 2012, 5:53 GMT)

skepticaloptimist@ thanks for being so nice ...

Posted by Love_cricket123 on (May 28, 2012, 5:41 GMT)

skepticaloptimist@ so nice of you ... thanks for supporting BD ...

Posted by Love_cricket123 on (May 28, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

Poor guy ! Bro u are all good ... we are all proud of u :)) even a blind person can tell that they should have given you chance to play ... love u Tamim .. Welcome home :)

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