Bangladesh news October 20, 2012

Tamim signs up for Wellington


Tamim Iqbal will play for Wellington Firebirds in this season's HRV Cup. Tamim will join the New Zealand domestic side after Bangladesh's series against West Indies, and is expected to play seven games in the Twenty20 competition.

Jamie Siddons, the Wellington coach who was in charge of the Bangladesh team between 2007 and 2011, was the key element in the deal as he broached the idea to Tamim a few months ago.

"We are excited to have signed Tamim to play in our T20 competition," Siddons told ESPNcricinfo. "He will be a great addition for the Firebirds. I chose him over the many other overseas candidates because I think he possesses the explosiveness that we need at the top of our batting order. Tamim is yet to take off as a T20 player but I have seen him enough to know that it is going to be very good when he gets it all together in this format. I want my team to benefit from this in our competition this year."

Siddons, however, would have liked to keep the batsman a little while longer, but the start of the Bangladesh Premier League would shorten Tamim's stay by a few matches. "He will only be available for a possible seven games and the final but the BPL will possibly reduce that to six and no final as the dates suggest he would have to leave early which is disappointing."

Siddons said he would have liked if Shakib Al Hasan also joined Tamim at the Wellington side. "We were interested in Shakib but he declined due to injury at the time," Siddons said.

Tamim said that the BCB has given him the No Objection Certificate, though he is likely to miss some form of domestic cricket in Bangladesh after the West Indies series. He could play first-class cricket in New Zealand though Wellington will be playing only two Plunket Shield matches.

"Jamie asked me a few months ago whether I would like to join them," Tamim said. "At the time I was playing the Sri Lanka Premier League and the World Twenty20 was coming up so I didn't proceed with the formalities. The board too has given me the NOC so I will be joining Wellington after the West Indies series."

Tamim's average in Twenty20s is 24.76 and he has played in domestic competitions in Sri Lanka (for Wayamba) and England (Nottinghamshire) with mixed results. Among the other Bangladesh players who have played in domestic first-class tournaments abroad are Shakib (for Worcestershire) and Enamul Haque jnr for Maharashtra.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's correspondent in Bangladesh

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  • Rezwan on October 23, 2012, 11:39 GMT

    Good news for Tamim! Hope he will bang his big sixes in New Zealand

  • Shipu on October 22, 2012, 13:07 GMT

    I'd love to have Tamim Iqbal play as a full-time opener for the Indian team, he's young, talented and destructive. Bangladesh fans should consider themselves lucky they have such such a player. I remember that 151 he scored against us last time back manhandling our bowlers and feel that this offer in New Zealand will be a great learning curve for him.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2012, 10:32 GMT

    New Zealand is the best place to play.

  • Dummy4 on October 22, 2012, 0:20 GMT

    Tamim Needs no IPL to prove his capability..He is a champion player..Its a great oppurtunity for him to practise on high bouncy wickets...

  • Smith on October 21, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Tamim needs to play in County Cricket again hopefully next season he'll be able to play some games.

  • Shakhawat on October 21, 2012, 9:49 GMT

    Very good opportunity to improve himself on bouncy condition rathar than subcontinentalk flat pitches. It is much better than IPL

  • Zahirul on October 21, 2012, 4:15 GMT

    It'll be great addition for his career, Siddons is a great and hope Tamim will be benefited once again from his past mentor! The condition of NZ will be great learning for him as well, I wish he had visited there before WI series, cause the conditions are pretty same in both countries. Anyway, what I most want to see is BD players playing more first class cricket in overseas. BCB should come forward and find positions for players especially for pacers in country like WI, SA, NZ or AUS even if it is in second div. These players will learn and enjoy bowling out there!

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2012, 23:08 GMT

    Yeah I heard about that as well fantastic news for him and I'm sure Jamie Siddons will make him feel at home and settle as he arrives. Congratulations on Tamim for scoring a big 100 today and must say his partner who also scored a 120* on close needs to start playing for Bangladesh now such a talent you cannot waste along with Anamul. Mominul should be selected in squad for West Indies and play him at Number 3. Bangladesh are struggling to find a full time partner for Tamim and a solid Number 3 batsman and believe these two Haque's are the right guys. Imrul Kayes is only good for ODIs and Shahriar as back-up.

  • Aaquib on October 20, 2012, 19:47 GMT

    And Just Today he Smashed "Ashrafuls' Dhaka Metro with a Stylish 176 Notout

  • Dummy4 on October 20, 2012, 19:29 GMT

    We need more players playing abroads!

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