Bangladesh Premier League news October 17, 2012

Jones denies spat with Tamim

ESPNcricinfo staff

Dean Jones has denied Tamim Iqbal's claims of verbal abuse during Jones' stint as the technical director of Chittagong Kings, the BPL franchise. Tamim had accused Jones of throwing him out of the nets and using abusive language before a game that Tamim ultimately didn't play.

Tamim made the allegations in an interview with Prothom Alo in which he revealed how he and Jones fell apart after an incident at the Academy ground in Mirpur early in the BPL campaign after the opener injured his groin in the first game. "Dean Jones told me to just do some walking with the physio, who after testing me said I can bat in the nets. I asked him to tell Dean Jones what he thought and the physio said he told Jones," Tamim said. "But as soon as I played two balls in the nets, Jones started shouting at me, 'get out, get out'. I protested to him that he can't treat a national cricketer in this manner."

"The owner told me to apologise to Jones. After I went to his hotel room, he was very rude and at one point told me, 'you are servants, I am your boss'. I was shocked, but I didn't tell anyone at the time."

Jones admitted that he did ask Tamim to leave the nets, he maintains that he didn't use such language and neither did Tamim apologise.

"I have never used such terminology and neither did Tamim apologise," Jones told ESPNcricinfo. "Before I had arrived in Bangladesh, Samir [Quader] Chowdhury told me that I was the coach, but after I arrived I was told that I was the technical director. Still, Tamim informed me of his condition and it was made known to Chittagong's physio as well as that of the Bangladesh team. But when I saw him batting at the nets, I told him that an injured batsman shouldn't be batting in the nets. He didn't want to give a fitness test either."

Tamim further said that after he had agreed to bat at No 3 in Chittagong's home game against Rajshahi, Jones still abused him as he was warming up ahead of the game, before coach Khaled Mahmud intervened.

"A day before the Rajshahi game he asked me if I would bat at three. I told him that I have never batted at that position but I will still play there. Later, Sujon bhai [Khaled Mahmud] told me I will open the innings," Tamim said.

"I was warming up before the game when Jones started abusing me and kept repeating that I had complained to the team owner that I won't bat at three. I said I didn't tell him anything. Sujon bhai came running towards us and said the same. He told Jones that he took the decisions as the head coach. I wasn't in a position to play after what Jones did. I told them I won't play, but it was announced that I got sick suddenly."

Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mahmud said they were never willing to drop a fit Tamim but after the bust-up it was the batsman who decided not to play. "Tamim and Jones had the fight before the Rajshahi game and it was Tamim who decided he wouldn't play that day. Chittagong Kings always wanted him to play whenever fit," Mahmud said.

However, Jones said that Tamim didn't agree to bat at three and maintains that it was an earlier arrangement that he had to leave the Chittagong franchise after six matches, and not because of the disagreements.

"He got upset when we asked him to bat at No. 3 because he usually opens the innings. But the management had to be equal to everyone. I have nothing against Tamim, he's a wonderful cricketer and a precocious talent and I have no bones to pick with him.

"I had to leave for Delhi after six matches on an engagement on behalf of the government of Victoria. The Chittagong Kings knew I was only available till that time," he said.

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  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2012, 12:58 GMT

    @bipulkumar: Tamim is no mediocre batsman and his recent performances are far better than the one most idians worship to be god in cricket. He scored a rapid 90 after he opened the innings in his first match in SLPL and if IPL is all that matters to you then have a good look at CLT20 where the tournament has lost its charm after running for money having four IPL teams while the champions from many other good tournaments are missing. Tamim is the man India is always scared of and he is one of them who spoiled the party after your so called cricketing god scored his 100th century. At least the team has more chances of winning when he gets past fifty unlike another player I know from your country who when scores a 100 India ends up losing most of the time. How many players can you name from a touring side to have scored back to back centuries in England in the last 5 years. .

  • Dummy4 on October 19, 2012, 9:47 GMT

    I'm an Australian and believe me Dean Jones is one of many in the Island of Australia. I think Tamim got upset and although I'm not really a fan of Dean Jones, he is really a nice and funny guy if you know him. Bangladeshi people are not probably use to hearing people like Dean Jones which is why there's a clash.

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2012, 15:43 GMT

    keshabn, the man who won the WISDEN'S ALMANACK CRICKETER OF THE YEAR 2010 for back to back centuries in LORDS against ENGLAND!!

  • Dummy4 on October 18, 2012, 10:21 GMT

    It seems that both parties are to blame for this incident. Both needs some training on how to behave with coaches or players. And @Xtremespeed, nice fact mate, didnt notice it initially, and @ bipulkumar, Tamim also scored a 151 against India in 2010, and at one point, Bangladesh were 219/1. Tamim alsoscored 2 hundreds in 2 consecutive tests against England IN England.

  • Keshav on October 18, 2012, 8:39 GMT

    @ rajithwijepura... ok ..just that.. give some more..

  • Mahin on October 18, 2012, 8:01 GMT

    The Chittagong Kings should have chosen a better coach. Jones may be a good player in career but coaching is of other realm. The man who can't even treat well with a cricketer, can't be expected to make better for the team. And his team was knocked off from the group stage despite having a strong team line-up. Jones is just a joke. How could he treat Tamim like that!

  • Rajith on October 18, 2012, 7:08 GMT

    @ bipulkumar - Who is Tamim? Tamim is the batsman who scored rapid half century in the match that India got kicked out in group stage of 2007 World cup

  • Masood on October 18, 2012, 5:40 GMT

    Tamim no doubt you are great player but your mind also must be much groom to understand all the scenario because you do not have any evidence to make all of your speaking are right. Please be a good person and avoid most of things which happened around you. Great player do not see around because if you are great then all around people will look at you. do something better.

  • Bipul on October 18, 2012, 4:05 GMT

    Who is Tamim? A mediocre batsmen with low average against low ranked teams. I don't understand why so much hype around this player. Bangladesh must work hard to find a genuine batsman rather than being satisfied with mediocres.

  • Satish on October 18, 2012, 3:24 GMT

    BPL has its own share of off field stuffs. To keep the fans speaking about it during off season times. Good going.

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