May 31, 2010

Bangladesh cricket

Boycott motivates Tamim

Tariq Engineer

After scoring the fastest Test century at the home of cricket for 20 years, Tamim Iqbal revealed he had an unlikely source of inspiration: Geoffrey Boycott. The former England opener was on television the night before saying Bangladesh should not be playing Test cricket. Well, Tamim happened to catch that segment and was none too pleased about it.

"I felt very bad and could not sleep until 1am,” he said. “It made me determined to do something to show him. They are the senior cricketers whom we respect. We expect them to respect us as well. I wanted to prove to the world that we are getting there.”

Tamim defended his team’s improvement over the last five years and went on to compare the Bangaldeshi side to a chocolate company that wants to compete with Cadbury. “If you start a chocolate company you can't compete with Cadbury in the first 10 years because they are a big company."

With his 94-ball century behind him, Tamim showed there were no hard feelings, saying he would love to be coached by Boycott. "Maybe he could coach me defence. There are lots of guys who attack and they can teach me that. Geoff was a good defender I think."

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