Pune Warriors May 13, 2012

Still no Tamim?

When Pune Warriors play, you can be sure much of the feedback ESPNcricinfo receives is to do with Tamim Iqbal
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When Pune Warriors play, you can be sure much of the feedback ESPNcricinfo receives is to do with Tamim Iqbal. Warriors have now played 15 games in the tournament, used six openers and won only four matches. The batting has not clicked and they have failed to chase down very gettable targets on occasion.

Mohnish Mishra, Michael Clarke, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Jesse Ryder and Manish Pandey have been Warriors' openers, in various combinations, till now. While Ganguly and Clarke have, expectedly, struggled to score at pace, Jesse Ryder has backed up two half-centuries with seven single-digit scores. Robin Uthappa has been the team’s leading run-scorer, but even his runs have come at a rather lethargic strike-rate of 118.50.

Yet the big-hitting Tamim, who produced scores of 64, 70, 59 and 60 in the last international tournament he played, the Asia Cup, has not got a game. Not even one that is of no consequence to his team.

A Bangladesh boy, Tamim has the benefit of being familiar with the conditions, and could even fit into any plan – if any – the team has to play a right hand-left hand combination at the top of the order. All that, plus a struggling team, surely means it’s worth giving Tamim a go? Maybe Warriors' last league game, against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday, will be the day.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Frustrated on May 21, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    I am not going to say ryder, clarke, ferguson are bad batsman or not suited to t20 cricket. I will however say ryder played 11 matches, got 8 single digit figures, 1 22 run of 23 balls, and 2 50s, so thats 9 failures out of 11 which is a 82% fail rate. clarke didnt contribute with the bat at all scoring 98 runs in 6 matches with a high score of 41 and a strike rate of 104. so 5 failures out of 6 resulting in a 83% failure with the bat for a batsmen playing as an international opener/no3. now ferguson given 4 opportunities ahead of tamim, scoring 50 runs in 4 matches with a high score of 23 and a strike rate of 79 so thats a 100% failure with the bat, from an international batsmen chosen again ahead of tamim. So am I wrong in suggesting that the Pune Warriors think tank/management need to be replaced or is there just favouritism?

  • Siddiq on May 20, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    I dont understand why no TAMIM IQBAL, i'm not SAYING that for the reason i'm BANGLADESHI. when a team LOOSING again & again u should use all of ur weapens. RYDER, GANGULY failed again & again. i DONT MEAN that, if TAMIM in, then PWI WIN, Bt the matter is just give him a single CHANCE 2 see what happened! bt unfortunately he didnt get it! SO SHOCKING!

  • epon on May 19, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    i don't even see any reason why dada was chosen to lead pune. he doesn't seem to be playing for success, he plays for regaining his ego. he seems to be ashamed of picking a player from bangladesh. however, i think everything was pre-planned! pune had the potential in them, but misused it. none of the players gave their 100%, except for smith. team combination was really funny. everything seems so weird!! michael clarke is NOT e t20 player. he retired from international t20, and also stepped down from the previous versions of ipl. the playing 11 was surprising. may be, something was going on there,, which we cannot even think of!

  • Habib on May 15, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    First I thought Tamim is going to county cricket and some how ended up in Pune, BD need to play more test and county cricket is the best for that, it was a bad decisions by Tamim. we r already good enough for t20 and ODI

  • Mr CrackGuly on May 14, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculious. Pune warriors had tried 6 other openers ahead of Tamim Iqbal in sub-continent wickets. This is the player that was awarded cricketer of the year by the Bible of cricket (Wisden)not too long ago, scored consistently in the recently concluded Asia Cup, generally performs well in the subcontinent and has proved himself against various different bowling attacks. His shots are a pleasure to the eyes of anyone who enjoys class batting. He is undoubtedly a fine batsman and probably the best Bangladesh has produced so far. Mr Ganguly is definately high on some cheap crack to leave Tamim to warm benches. Ryder and Clarke ahead of Tamim in T20 and at this era of cricket. Pune is a joke. I am very sure he is not in just for the money being an international cricketer. Tamim should withdraw himself from this Pune franchise and play county cricket or somewhere else where people appreciate his worth. What a waste!

  • Jeet on May 14, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Yes, it's shocking that Tamim is still not getting a game. But I am a bit confused reading some of the comments where people are saying things like why Manish Pandey & not Tamim or whether Ganguly is afraid of losing his place to Tamim. To those guys, I hope you know that Tamim is an overseas player. So he competes with one of the four overseas players slot and not with Pandey or Ganguly. Still he should have got a game in place of Ryder or Clarke. In fact Clarke has already gone back home. So has Luke Wright.

  • BINAYAK on May 14, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    tamim is injured.6 players are injured including dinda.pune opted not to participate in the 1st auction of this year which has hurted them very badly.PWI has the worst team but still managed to be above DC.luck also didnt support the pwi as they lose some very close matches in the earlier stages.

  • M.H RATAN on May 14, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    The captain of KKR Mr.GG is playing game with Shakib by giving chance ON OFF way. Bcoz he knows if Shakib plays regular way He would be the top W/Taker in IPL5. On the other hand, Mr DADA, Scared that if Tamim score more than other international players(so called big big players) then, it will be BIGGG insult for them incl. DADA. So Tamim is waiter there.Dont be Wonder, Its(Sports) politics.

  • Md Robiul Talukdar on May 14, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    I think tamim is great hard hitter Batsman in the world like Afridi,Kallis,Petersen.So why they don't play last 15 match, i don't know. what they thinks ryder, samules does better from Tamim ? Pls, check last four matches performance in the asia cup.if they provide a chance in last match. i think that will wrong. that will insulted to Tamim.

  • Josh on May 14, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    First Ganguly himself is a strange captain.. what more to say? so he does things strangely.. forgotten which players in the squad.. anyone heared about "Nathan Mccullum"? fully wasted and he could be real asset in t2o's...

  • Frustrated on May 21, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    I am not going to say ryder, clarke, ferguson are bad batsman or not suited to t20 cricket. I will however say ryder played 11 matches, got 8 single digit figures, 1 22 run of 23 balls, and 2 50s, so thats 9 failures out of 11 which is a 82% fail rate. clarke didnt contribute with the bat at all scoring 98 runs in 6 matches with a high score of 41 and a strike rate of 104. so 5 failures out of 6 resulting in a 83% failure with the bat for a batsmen playing as an international opener/no3. now ferguson given 4 opportunities ahead of tamim, scoring 50 runs in 4 matches with a high score of 23 and a strike rate of 79 so thats a 100% failure with the bat, from an international batsmen chosen again ahead of tamim. So am I wrong in suggesting that the Pune Warriors think tank/management need to be replaced or is there just favouritism?

  • Siddiq on May 20, 2012, 9:14 GMT

    I dont understand why no TAMIM IQBAL, i'm not SAYING that for the reason i'm BANGLADESHI. when a team LOOSING again & again u should use all of ur weapens. RYDER, GANGULY failed again & again. i DONT MEAN that, if TAMIM in, then PWI WIN, Bt the matter is just give him a single CHANCE 2 see what happened! bt unfortunately he didnt get it! SO SHOCKING!

  • epon on May 19, 2012, 11:06 GMT

    i don't even see any reason why dada was chosen to lead pune. he doesn't seem to be playing for success, he plays for regaining his ego. he seems to be ashamed of picking a player from bangladesh. however, i think everything was pre-planned! pune had the potential in them, but misused it. none of the players gave their 100%, except for smith. team combination was really funny. everything seems so weird!! michael clarke is NOT e t20 player. he retired from international t20, and also stepped down from the previous versions of ipl. the playing 11 was surprising. may be, something was going on there,, which we cannot even think of!

  • Habib on May 15, 2012, 19:24 GMT

    First I thought Tamim is going to county cricket and some how ended up in Pune, BD need to play more test and county cricket is the best for that, it was a bad decisions by Tamim. we r already good enough for t20 and ODI

  • Mr CrackGuly on May 14, 2012, 17:00 GMT

    Absolutely ridiculious. Pune warriors had tried 6 other openers ahead of Tamim Iqbal in sub-continent wickets. This is the player that was awarded cricketer of the year by the Bible of cricket (Wisden)not too long ago, scored consistently in the recently concluded Asia Cup, generally performs well in the subcontinent and has proved himself against various different bowling attacks. His shots are a pleasure to the eyes of anyone who enjoys class batting. He is undoubtedly a fine batsman and probably the best Bangladesh has produced so far. Mr Ganguly is definately high on some cheap crack to leave Tamim to warm benches. Ryder and Clarke ahead of Tamim in T20 and at this era of cricket. Pune is a joke. I am very sure he is not in just for the money being an international cricketer. Tamim should withdraw himself from this Pune franchise and play county cricket or somewhere else where people appreciate his worth. What a waste!

  • Jeet on May 14, 2012, 16:33 GMT

    Yes, it's shocking that Tamim is still not getting a game. But I am a bit confused reading some of the comments where people are saying things like why Manish Pandey & not Tamim or whether Ganguly is afraid of losing his place to Tamim. To those guys, I hope you know that Tamim is an overseas player. So he competes with one of the four overseas players slot and not with Pandey or Ganguly. Still he should have got a game in place of Ryder or Clarke. In fact Clarke has already gone back home. So has Luke Wright.

  • BINAYAK on May 14, 2012, 14:28 GMT

    tamim is injured.6 players are injured including dinda.pune opted not to participate in the 1st auction of this year which has hurted them very badly.PWI has the worst team but still managed to be above DC.luck also didnt support the pwi as they lose some very close matches in the earlier stages.

  • M.H RATAN on May 14, 2012, 11:26 GMT

    The captain of KKR Mr.GG is playing game with Shakib by giving chance ON OFF way. Bcoz he knows if Shakib plays regular way He would be the top W/Taker in IPL5. On the other hand, Mr DADA, Scared that if Tamim score more than other international players(so called big big players) then, it will be BIGGG insult for them incl. DADA. So Tamim is waiter there.Dont be Wonder, Its(Sports) politics.

  • Md Robiul Talukdar on May 14, 2012, 11:08 GMT

    I think tamim is great hard hitter Batsman in the world like Afridi,Kallis,Petersen.So why they don't play last 15 match, i don't know. what they thinks ryder, samules does better from Tamim ? Pls, check last four matches performance in the asia cup.if they provide a chance in last match. i think that will wrong. that will insulted to Tamim.

  • Josh on May 14, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    First Ganguly himself is a strange captain.. what more to say? so he does things strangely.. forgotten which players in the squad.. anyone heared about "Nathan Mccullum"? fully wasted and he could be real asset in t2o's...

  • James on May 14, 2012, 10:02 GMT

    I think everyone pretty much covered everything on this topic.

    - Clearly Ganguly is being stubborn about this. I'd like to know what is his issue with Tamim. Clearly it's personal, as everyone else in here has mentioned.

    - Is he afraid of losing his place to Tamim? IDK why he made it into a competition, when it should've been about the team.

    - Lastly, as much as I'd love to see Tamim play the last game and get a inning to put shame on Ganguly, I'd much rather see him just sit out the last game. Because he has nothing to prove.

    Pune, get rid of your egoistic leader, or we'll be the next KKR. Ganguly, you aren't bigger than the game or the team.

    #Endrant.

  • Subrata Banarjee on May 14, 2012, 9:35 GMT

    its really make no sense to me, you are keeping a best informed opener out of side in every match when you are losing in a rows.Totally a bold decision from Gangully and Pune management.

  • Soumya Bhattacharya on May 14, 2012, 9:13 GMT

    Really unfortunate to see Tamim sitting in the dug out..

  • Soumya Bhattacharya on May 14, 2012, 9:11 GMT

    I also agree with everyone. Tamil Iqbal is one of the best openers in recent time. As a cricket lover, it is really unfortunate to see him sitting in the dug out..

  • Dhananjay Rane on May 14, 2012, 9:04 GMT

    Kamal Khan already send back by Pune team,and lots of talent on bench, if Tamim, Chandimal, Luke Wright on bench what's the reason, If mathews not in form (batting concern) Cleark playing twenty20 after long time, then why not chance to talented Players?

    Actually Ganguly's this policy is the main reason for he is out of Kolkata side,and from next year he will be mentor for Pune Warriors.

  • abc on May 14, 2012, 9:02 GMT

    Tamim iqbal is just an ordinary player..yes he should get a chance now but not for a moment can i beleive that he is better than a clarke or a ryder or a smith...

  • Anonymous on May 14, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    poor Pune Warriors management....poor Sourav Ganguly ledership.i think they don't know about tamim.so they ignore tamim.its totally bad decision.i think ganguly is now old...he can't play t20 cricket.

  • harikrishnan on May 14, 2012, 8:32 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly will always be remembered for being one of the classiest left handers to grace the game. But T20 is just not his game. Like VVS, this maestro isn't one to up the ante with shocking shots or playing under pressure. he has looked out of sorts. I will not tell him to stop playing but to keep practicing! maybe if he finds himself fit, he can play the next edition better!

  • MUHAMMED TAWFIQ on May 14, 2012, 8:20 GMT

    @Chandan Barnwa.We call Shakib the number1 allrounder because he is holding the position in ICC ranking for 3 years.

  • Sumon on May 14, 2012, 7:37 GMT

    Really surprised!! Could not find any reason. He should have been in the team from the very first match.

  • Soud Farhan on May 14, 2012, 7:25 GMT

    I totally agree with your explanation. I think that it would be better for PWI to think about Tamim just for the future season as you can not examine a player without even playing a single match. Playing some matches in 2012 would help PWI selectors to rethink about their opening pairs with Tamim.

  • Rezaul Haque on May 14, 2012, 7:16 GMT

    the Warriors have played 15 matches and this is strange that Tamim was not given a chance! We expected that Tamim would be seen at least last three matches as the Warriors had the confirmation of not making the playoff. It's a shame that Tamim will return without playing a match for his team for which he had a great expectation of contributing. But the joke, we believe, will have a negative impact on Tamim for long time.

  • Gurunath on May 14, 2012, 6:41 GMT

    This is classic example of Ganguly ego problems.Any player whose performance might show gangulys performance in bad light will not be given chance to compete.Ganguly did same with even sachin by pushing him to play no 4.So tamim will be no exception if he doesnt get any chance

  • Jahid on May 14, 2012, 6:39 GMT

    Form is temporary, class is permanent. Tamim can prove his class at any team. Tamim should leave this kind of classless team like pune...

  • Shorav ahmed on May 14, 2012, 6:06 GMT

    <>Very upset bangladeshi fans for tamim...Why not playing tamim.....?

  • Khaled on May 14, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    Thanks Nikita for your article. Like yourself, it did not make any sense to me for keeping Tamim out the team. It is a ridiculous decision made by the PW team selection management. What would have happended if Tamim had got a chance and failed...they would have lost the game..right? But how many games did they win without Tamim? They kept playing the same openers despite their bad performances and did not include Tamim althoug he was in good form. I had respects for Ganguly as a captain but he lost it becouse of his bad team selection.

  • Nikhil Das on May 14, 2012, 5:15 GMT

    This is agonising for a player of his calibre and also frustrating for the player & fans alike.Can they give us one good reason for not giving him a chance in 15 outings? Why waste a player!

  • Porag on May 14, 2012, 5:08 GMT

    this is really too much..just because Tamim is from Bangladesh..they didnt play him..he is in good form..at least they should have tried one match...i used to support this team and dada but they wasted it..what the point of playing Tamim in the last match..it wont make a difference..dnt judge a player by the country judge a player by looking at his ability and talent and also form matters..free advice dnt waste ur money like that

  • Prabhu on May 14, 2012, 4:48 GMT

    Worst team selection, worst management, i do not whom to blame, Tamim a big hitting player,why the hell PW franchises selected him,he should have got chance to play for 5-6 matches, he was in good form in Asia cup, Kindly do not enter to IPL-6,Ganguly must out from T20 matches

  • Md Ibrahim talukdar on May 14, 2012, 4:45 GMT

    Hopefully, they are wrong.cause of Ryder, clarke can't good.Ryder take more time chance but result not good.if tamim give a chance then of course they could show her performance.pune warriors Coach or Management were wrong.

  • Tarik Imam Siddiki on May 14, 2012, 4:18 GMT

    Very unfortunate for a young batsman like Tamim for not being played till today reasons not known to us.DaDa you being the Captain how could you ignore Tamim right from the begining?I think some dirty politics is going on in Pune camp.

  • Saiful on May 14, 2012, 3:47 GMT

    This is very bad practice demoralizing a genuine striker of the ball. Tamim in the world cup and in Asia cup sweep away Indian bowler at 100% strike rate. Mentally weakening Tamim self belief.

  • huq on May 14, 2012, 3:34 GMT

    I feel sorry for Tamim and all blame goes to ganguly,he forget his age his performance never see Tamim's recent batting performanece,How he played against india n other team,Dada wants to play still 50??? how come Tamim not here!!!! We thought last 3 games he can get chance and show his performance but Ganguly dreaming someday he will make century in T-20,Look his performance and fielding..... You will see he will paly again last match and score 1 digit again,This is present Ganguly Very sorry for Tamim fail to show his performance in IPL

  • Chandan Barnwal on May 14, 2012, 3:16 GMT

    Surely Tamim deserves a chance since he is an attacking opener and is familiar with these sub-continental conditions but the way Bangladeshi Cricket lovers are quoting that Shakib is the best allrounder is irritating. Just a handful of performance doesn't make you the best in the world. What about Watson, Kallis, Pollard, Bravo, Mathews etc. Come on guys it's good to be passionate about the game but be realistic.

  • Md.Yousuf Ali on May 14, 2012, 3:14 GMT

    No need to play for pune.Tamim you just come back to home and prepare yourself for our upcoming tour...there is nothing in IPL for oyu....they don't know how to respect a cricketer :@

  • a3l on May 14, 2012, 3:13 GMT

    I am not hopeful about Tamim's inclusion. Actually i cannot understand the philosophy of Pune Warriors. It is a looser side now. As player Ganguly does not deserve a position in a IPL team.

  • momen ullah on May 14, 2012, 2:33 GMT

    it is totally a rubbish decision not to give a single change to Tamim Iqbal.I am sorry for using rubbish.But it is a rubbish decision. We are totally frustrated not to see Tamim Iqbal.The people of Bangladesh will never forget this injustice with Tamim.Time will answer everything.

  • Sean on May 14, 2012, 2:27 GMT

    Read somewhere that Tamim is injured. Is that true? Otherwise I was wondering the same as well - why no Tamim.

  • Indian fan on May 14, 2012, 0:56 GMT

    Why still no Tamim? It's ridiculous. I'm not a Bangladesh fan, but Tamim is a good player and is recently performances warrant a chance for him to play a few games. If DADA can perform so miserably and still be in the playing eleven, surely so can Tamim...

  • Obi wan Kenobi on May 13, 2012, 23:55 GMT

    Thank you Nikita for an objective piece One would have though that with nothing to lose they would have tried something new But personally hope that tamim doesn't play and gets a contract in county cricket and Pune sell him off-if he is not a part of their plans then why carry him around and leave him to bench warm

    I think this aspect has frustrated BD fans the most-before the season in an interview Ganguly indicated that Tamim would open-this false hope and is extended rest when Pune have been anything but good has probably led to your inboxes being flooded with the questions it has

  • Shahed on May 13, 2012, 23:38 GMT

    I agree with you Nikita. Tamim has bags of talent and he has been a consistent performer for the national team, more so recently as you pointed out. Pune didn't even bother giving him a chance. May be their fate would have been different if they allowed Tamim to open the batting. It appears that KKR has also been depriving Shakib of playing games. He was man of the match for them in one of three games that he played. Undoubtedly Shakib and Tamim are two of the brightest players of Bangladesh, as they proved time and again in their performances in the international arena and against India in particular. Perhaps, the management should be more open-minded in team selection.

  • cricketfact on May 13, 2012, 23:04 GMT

    thanx espncricinfo for bringing the true fact in front of us. ive already mentioned pune warriors havent proudced a solid opening partership. thats why they r out of the game.they could try with tamim before the boat sunk.

  • Rashed on May 13, 2012, 22:48 GMT

    I think Tamim and Bangladesh supporters should not be worry about it. It's Indian Premier League not Bangladesh Premier League, it's totally upto them who they play and who they not. Bangladeshi fan has nothing to do with that, one think they can do, they can stop following IPL because there is no benefit for them by watching IPL. As long as Tamim & Shakib are making runs for Bangladesh national team we are happy. I think Tamim & Shakib should boycot IPL and should play some major roles in domestic league because they become icon now in domestic stage. If they play with new domestic players it will help our cricket. Tamim and Shakib can think about that. Do something for your country not carrying water bottle for srupid IPL teams.

  • asad on May 13, 2012, 22:41 GMT

    after scoring four consecutive half centuries in international level, a player deserve to play for any team in the world.sourav should have picked him right at the begining,

  • syed on May 13, 2012, 22:05 GMT

    Very unfortunate

  • Amit Roy on May 13, 2012, 21:46 GMT

    I kept convincing myself that PWI are perhaps keeping Tamim rested for crunch matches at the business end of the tournament. Then, when the time came where PWI still could have had an outside chance of qualifying if they had won all their remaining matches and he still did not make the playing 11, I, "again" convinced myself that perhaps PWI management did not have faith in Tamims' abilities. But, in their 15th match, considering they had no chance of qualification even if they had won rest of their matches, one would've thought the benched players would be given a go but what has happened is pretty much beyond my understanding.

  • Saleh on May 13, 2012, 21:45 GMT

    S.Ganguly took down KKR with his weird team combination and weird plans in the past and did the same with Pune this time, this is why his ex team KKR didnt retain him neither was any other team interested in him. He used to play dirty politics in the Indian National team when he was captain and had vein attempts to axe Sachin and Dravid's career. He should retire from all forms of cricket and Pune should realize their big mistake in choosing a cheap option in S.Ganguly which proved to be extremely expensive.

  • Alex on May 13, 2012, 21:22 GMT

    The young man should get a chance! He came to IPL without never shown his talent! Feel littlebit sorry for Tamim! Good luck 4 ipl6.

  • Arthur on May 13, 2012, 20:34 GMT

    Tamim plays against KKR,and Goes after Narine and gets stumped xD

  • Shuvra Bhowmik on May 13, 2012, 20:00 GMT

    I think Tamim Iqbal would better withdraw himself from Pune Warriors for IPL 2013 and concentrate on playing in County cricket rather. A player of Tamim's calibre who has showed his worth in international cricket time and again is wasting his time warming the bench of Pune Warriors being neglected by their management- a fact that could prove detrimental for Tamim's career in future.

  • Linkon on May 13, 2012, 19:38 GMT

    Pune team shows their lackness of cricketing sense by not picking Tamim in the XI after losing lots of matches.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary_Than_Tamim on May 13, 2012, 19:35 GMT

    Surely you bet!!! But only in your dreams lol. It shows why Nelson Mandela once fight for the human rights, it shows why Abraham Lincoln once fight for the colonial buildings, it shows why Gandhiji once fight for peace. But this Pune Team is no use of anything. They can throw the paper with their so called 11 players written on a piece of paper.

    Come T20 WC 2012. Tamim scores heavily and no doubt seeing his concentration in last International games, Ganguly can only stare at TV and hope "why we didn't play this guy? At this moment I would be sitting with DLF IPL TROPHY now in my drawing room. Oh God World Is Surely Cruel"

  • Sohel ahmed on May 13, 2012, 19:27 GMT

    Now you're either being very honest or diplomatic here. You have described the scenario pretty well and have seemingly failed to comprehend whats really going on in the PWI's management or Captain Pathetic's blurry mind. There is simply no logic,plan or strategy behind not picking Tamim in the eleven. Its pretty simple and its there for everyone to see. They simply wont give Tamim a chance to play,come what may. Now you dont ask me the reason cause the reason being Tamim will not be given a chance. Simple.

  • farid ahmed on May 13, 2012, 19:21 GMT

    I struggle to understand why he was picked up ? I am sure the management hasn't learnt their lesson and he will continue to remain out of the game. There are many bitter memories of Indian teams how Tamim's batting got them out of World cup, Asia cup! The PW management still don't want to give him an opportunity to show his talent and let team help winning! Just like KKR did to Mashrafe who was kept out of game of most of the matches and suddenly gave him a chance to play and expected to perform; Tamim might get a consolation one match and management might expect a double century off him!! some people saying that this might be a way to punish him and keeping him out of game which will inevitably loose his form.

  • mamunxbcc on May 13, 2012, 18:53 GMT

    I bet they havent got a single quality opener for this condition than Tamim Iqbal in the squad. Micheal clark and Ganguly both are excellent cricket players but not suitable as openers in a highly competitive T-20 tournament like this. It surprised me how they are still complaining that they havent got a proper opening of the match leaving tamim out of the best 11. Ridiculous, seems like he is left out just because he is a player of Bangladesh.

  • M hossain on May 13, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    there is no logic to keep him out side of the team .stupidity has no limitation by pnw regarding the team combination,dada relay so ...in this fact,any way, tamim is tamim only and world cricket knw him well.

  • samser on May 13, 2012, 18:27 GMT

    What's wrong with the team selectors?

  • kentucky_M on May 13, 2012, 18:25 GMT

    If they let Tamim play the last game against KKR and that too Shakib plays, then we will be tremendously satisfied.

  • Atiqur on May 13, 2012, 18:24 GMT

    feeling so sorry for older dada & his losing PWI! he had the weapon but he didn't used it! that should not be the strategy! sorry to say dada, you are big loser for this season! KKR kicked you out & see what happen to them! i hope PWI will treat dada like SRK for better result!

  • Shuvro Saha on May 13, 2012, 18:02 GMT

    It's been really frustrating and pathetic to not see him in the line-up. what was the whole point in signing him up then?! if he's not given a single chance?

  • Md. Shahnawaz Daanish on May 13, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    It will be fun and enjoyable game if both shakib and Iqbal play against each other

  • Md. Shahnawaz Daanish on May 13, 2012, 17:42 GMT

    It will be fun and enjoyable game if both shakib and Iqbal play against each other

  • mkm on May 13, 2012, 17:32 GMT

    pune will play according to their game plan and team combination. but surprised player of tamim's calibre did not make the cut. dada's big ego in play again!

  • shahid hafiz on May 13, 2012, 17:18 GMT

    He is victim of extreme meanness and poor leadership. In fact he is not the real victim, the ones are Sourav, PW, Sahara Group.

  • crazy_cricket on May 13, 2012, 17:12 GMT

    Dear BD players, it's time to think if its worthy to join IPL where they are not utilized just because of BD identity. Even they are not given a chance when all others big names poorly performed repeatedly and didn't contribute to team's success. Pls let not your pride ruin over money.....

  • zahid on May 13, 2012, 16:59 GMT

    Atleast now u shouldnt be wonder why pune are not winning , they gonna have player lyk michaeal clark who quit t20 bcz he is not suitable for this compettition , they gonnna have player lyk jessie ryder the openar who is scoring 5 duck in 5 match amd than he will nake fifty , but still they dont wanna give chance to tamim just bcz he is from bangladesh , if u think jeese ryder micheal clark feggurson all these player are better than tamim than why they cant win matches for pune ,

  • Nuruzzaman khan on May 13, 2012, 16:47 GMT

    I hate this kind of team management & Captancy. It was wrong for PWI team. As a PWI team supporter we can't accept it. Tamim is inform batsman and also a good performer. It is not only Tamim and also "wrong justification" with PWI team. I hope it can realige PWI team management.

  • Syed on May 13, 2012, 16:43 GMT

    I agree tamim should have got a chance considering pwi's top order have failed. If tamim scores big at a good strike rate then pwi will wonder why they did not give him a chance

  • NMK on May 13, 2012, 16:29 GMT

    I really don't want Tamim to play in a pointless game and pick up a pointless injury playing for a worthless team like Pune.

  • rk on May 13, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    we want tamim...want tamim...we want tamim...we want tamim...we want tamim...we want tamim...we want tamim...we want tamim...we want tamim...we want tamim...we want tamim...we want tamim...we want tamim...

  • Graham Shaw on May 13, 2012, 16:19 GMT

    It would be a shame if someone from a 'minnow' team outshines all the other international supertstars, now wouldn't it..

  • ahmed on May 13, 2012, 16:18 GMT

    We Bangladeshi people were grateful to Ganguly when Tamim was picked for IPL5 at the last moment and this was possible due to Ganguly. In every single match, I sat in front of the TV set for the toss to check whether Tamim is playing or not. Every single time, Ganguly surprised us. I am not saying with Tamim, they would be the strongest team of the tournament. But when the team is not doing well and it's because the batting is not clicking, then benching someone like Tamim whose batting style goes deeply with T20, was a great plan from the management?

    After reviewing the fans comment on FB and other social media, I can only say Ganguly, you lost our love for you which was more than the whole Indian team.

  • Iranga Osadi Peiris on May 13, 2012, 16:14 GMT

    Warriors have chosen name over form! They have paid for it (Or for some other reasons). Meanwhile, many of the other high-flying teams have chosen to swallow the tested local talents which have proven worthy in previous installments of the league. Venu Gopal Rao, RP Singh, are some of the spontaneous pop-ups to prove my point. Tournament organizers would have to strengthen their philosophy in order to maximize the opportunities for the blooming local talents by spreading them evenly among the teams. Otherwise, the more significant motive of enhancing apt Cricketing skills among the locals would be lost, in an unworthy rat race to fulfill the agitated appetites of those who crave for hollow extravagance.

  • Proshenjit on May 13, 2012, 16:13 GMT

    I really don't see any cricketing sense here. Pune management is just pathetic! Their opening pairs makes me laugh!

  • Tawfiq on May 13, 2012, 16:05 GMT

    I still don't get the idea of selecting players like Tamim Iqbal and Shakib ul-Hasan in the IPL and not giving them the chances to play enough games to put their mark. Shakib played few games in which he proved a godd , if not the best, choice of bowling attack , but for Tamim , it is ridiculous that Pune Warriors , failing consecutively , cannot afford to try him , I mean , even if he doesn't click , what are you losing in addition to your previous loses? at least , like all other international players who had their chances in IPL, give Tamim a match or two at least.

  • Anant on May 13, 2012, 15:40 GMT

    grave injustice to the talented guy. should have been used in several games.

  • Soumen purkayastha on May 13, 2012, 15:26 GMT

    Like his batting, dada's famed captaincy is losing its sheen, surely. When things are not going your way for a long time, you need to change what you have been doing so far. Tamim, with his explosive batting prowess, could have brought some luck - who knows? It is time to be a bit objective about dada and his current achievements.

  • Abhay Singh on May 13, 2012, 15:21 GMT

    Pune Warriors deserves to be at the bottom . . .Poor Team selection right throughout the season.Which ever team Ganguly goes to somehow languishes at the bottom.

  • Shamim on May 13, 2012, 15:18 GMT

    Ganguly was a great captain and player, but he should understand its time for him to gave up and take mentors job. He can't bat the way he used to bat a long time ago, he is too slow in the field as compared to younger players. So he should hang the boots

  • Damil on May 13, 2012, 15:14 GMT

    Their ignorance of Tamim Iqbal is a clear indication of the incapacity of Sourav Ganguly. He has in effect destroyed millions of dollars for his team in an effort to clear his name of very true allegations of burn-out. A better captain should definitely have played him at least twice during important group matches such as game 7 and 8 to see whether he fits. If he is not to be played, why did you buy him in the first place? Also, IPL has lost significant viewership in Bangladesh for that blatant ignorance. I believe that is important to sponsors. All is fair for the winners. Ganguly has lost his credibility, his matches and most of all, his dignity to all Bangladeshi. I was once a fan of his game. Shame on me.

  • Dev on May 13, 2012, 15:10 GMT

    It is just such a shame that PWI left out Tamim for all of the league matches. It is not that they have a terrific winning combination and if Ganguly thinks Manish Pundey is better opener than Tamim, good luck to you Mr. Ganguly!!! You better serve as a Mentor to the Team, not as Captain anymore.

  • Anonymous on May 13, 2012, 15:02 GMT

    yeah they tried Michael Clarke, who can hardly play T20 at any level and played Jesse Ryder, who has been consistently inconsistent like Ashraful of Bangladesh; what a shame to the word "warriors", they hardly fought in any of the losing matches;

  • Joynal Abedin on May 13, 2012, 14:58 GMT

    This is ridiculous when you are not in the pace even you are not checking an inform player. Most of the spectators from BD and even from the world strongly believe that Tamim is an explosive player. He proof himself against ENG, IND, PAK evern in any condition. We the BD fans (160 million emotional & dedicated) are really no language to express our sorrow feelings when we do here that Tamim, our dearest, beloved boy has not made the IPL debut yet. When you choose a player he should have some sort of potentials but depriving him from playing a single match is totally wasting of money of the franchisee & Moreover it is the mental torcher to that particular player. In every single game PWI played we expect our son to play but every time we found him out of the game. We do not have words to say more. Still we love cricket & I am not depriving myself from paying my gratitude to ESPNCRICINFO who is now the friend of us. Thanks carry on we are with you.

  • Chandan Mukherjee on May 13, 2012, 14:53 GMT

    Very surprising, perhaps non cricketing brains are involoved in team selection too!!!!!

  • Rubel on May 13, 2012, 14:45 GMT

    Still no tamim! very sad

  • Haseeb on May 13, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    it's ganguli's obstinacy. He always undermine bd player. 2011 he did with mashrafe when kkr were bottom on the table than last game he used mashrafe and only two overs so he did not perform well. When a inform player always keep sideline so his confident level is also keep down. So i request pw for give oppurnity to Tamim for remaining matches of ipl give him some insprition for regain his lost confident. Then give him freedom for play his own way. So pw will win again.

  • harsh on May 13, 2012, 14:40 GMT

    i am from pune but feel really sorry the way the team minus smith has performed. also it's really sad that good foreign players of the likes of tamim & luke wright have been wasted by pune. hope to see a much better display next yr from the side. if this competition would have been like EPL quality players like tamim & smith would have snatched by barcelona/milan i.e. our DD/RCB. n yeah pune would have been relegated :)

  • Monir Khan on May 13, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Jesse Ryder has backed up two half-centuries with seven single-digit scores and still he's contineu for PW because he's from NZ and Tamim Iqbal, who produced scores of 64,70,59 and 60 in the last Asia Cup,has not got a game because he's Bangladeshi.

  • Alaap on May 13, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    It is indeed quite baffling, just as baffling as not seeing Dada giving Smith a bowl. In 14 games that Pune has played, Smith has featured in all, but hasnt even bowled an entire over!! This is despite the fact that all bowlers barring Dinda, have leaked runs on numerous occasions across different opponents. Smith has been regarded as Warne's successor by the Australian media, which in itself is an indicator what he is capable of.. Dada has been regarded as one of the finest captains with an acute cricketing brain, but he has left his fans with some questions unanswered..

  • Jinu on May 13, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    The vast amount of comments recieved here on Tamim is certainly from Bangladesh fans. I'm happy they are following this IPL So closely. And at first I was suprised since I dont think Tamim better than Clarke , cant put him ahead of Smith, the only warrior in Pune Warriors. Mathews is a good all rounder and they need the pace of Thomas. That was in the beginning , but see now PWI have lost games one by one. Why then still put Tamim out, dont know how good he will be, why you didnt give Smith an over and went for Ryder today etc etc.. Ganguly sad to say, but u need to know. You are one of the best player India ever had, the once best captain. But now its over for you dear. Your strategy, your ideas whatever has gone wrong. Insane to be said.

  • major wali on May 13, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Pune Warriors India lost the trick at the start of this IPL season when they left out inform Tamim to give mentally and physically bogged down Ryder the place to open. Ryder may be well reputed with his class but the moment he started this IPL was not fit to play even street cricket. Rather inform Tamim would be the automatic choice at the top. In sub-continent Tamim is far far better than Ryder or even Clarke. Wish Pune Warriors All the best for next time around. ____ major wali

  • jues on May 13, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    what about dinesh chandimal, he is missing too, wonder even a better batsman than tamim.

  • samiRuL on May 13, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    I don't now what went through the management's mind. That was really a weak decision for them not to play Tamim. If Tamim is played in the next match then it will be an insult for such a good batsmen. Better he does not play any match.

  • Syed Abid Ali on May 13, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly, for all the good he supposedly did to youngsters during his younger days, is another victim of the human mind's selfishness not to give up its possessions as it grows older. He even played today! Stubbornness at its extreme. Don't be surprised if he plays the last one as well.

  • ultrasnow on May 13, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Indian fan here and a great admirer of Ganguly. I think Ganguly's days on the playing field are over. It would have been just right for him to step aside to give players like Tamim a chance.

  • Opu on May 13, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Dada plz take some rest. We don't want to see you struggling in the middle. Let Tamim open in the final match. Take some coaching or commentary post for your rest of the life. I think you should be always in our mind. No one can be compared with you. I think your value will ever be unthinkable. So, best of luck dada.

  • Aimen on May 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Being an Aussie – I can say that this is so shocking and I don't understand why this didn't go to team management and to the dump captain. Personally I like Ganguly but I do not understand what kind of captaincy is this! You are losing every game and you do not give opportunity to your in form hard hitting batsman after even this many articles about it.

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  • Aimen on May 13, 2012, 14:07 GMT

    Being an Aussie – I can say that this is so shocking and I don't understand why this didn't go to team management and to the dump captain. Personally I like Ganguly but I do not understand what kind of captaincy is this! You are losing every game and you do not give opportunity to your in form hard hitting batsman after even this many articles about it.

  • Opu on May 13, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    Dada plz take some rest. We don't want to see you struggling in the middle. Let Tamim open in the final match. Take some coaching or commentary post for your rest of the life. I think you should be always in our mind. No one can be compared with you. I think your value will ever be unthinkable. So, best of luck dada.

  • ultrasnow on May 13, 2012, 14:09 GMT

    Indian fan here and a great admirer of Ganguly. I think Ganguly's days on the playing field are over. It would have been just right for him to step aside to give players like Tamim a chance.

  • Syed Abid Ali on May 13, 2012, 14:13 GMT

    Sourav Ganguly, for all the good he supposedly did to youngsters during his younger days, is another victim of the human mind's selfishness not to give up its possessions as it grows older. He even played today! Stubbornness at its extreme. Don't be surprised if he plays the last one as well.

  • samiRuL on May 13, 2012, 14:15 GMT

    I don't now what went through the management's mind. That was really a weak decision for them not to play Tamim. If Tamim is played in the next match then it will be an insult for such a good batsmen. Better he does not play any match.

  • jues on May 13, 2012, 14:16 GMT

    what about dinesh chandimal, he is missing too, wonder even a better batsman than tamim.

  • major wali on May 13, 2012, 14:17 GMT

    Pune Warriors India lost the trick at the start of this IPL season when they left out inform Tamim to give mentally and physically bogged down Ryder the place to open. Ryder may be well reputed with his class but the moment he started this IPL was not fit to play even street cricket. Rather inform Tamim would be the automatic choice at the top. In sub-continent Tamim is far far better than Ryder or even Clarke. Wish Pune Warriors All the best for next time around. ____ major wali

  • Jinu on May 13, 2012, 14:18 GMT

    The vast amount of comments recieved here on Tamim is certainly from Bangladesh fans. I'm happy they are following this IPL So closely. And at first I was suprised since I dont think Tamim better than Clarke , cant put him ahead of Smith, the only warrior in Pune Warriors. Mathews is a good all rounder and they need the pace of Thomas. That was in the beginning , but see now PWI have lost games one by one. Why then still put Tamim out, dont know how good he will be, why you didnt give Smith an over and went for Ryder today etc etc.. Ganguly sad to say, but u need to know. You are one of the best player India ever had, the once best captain. But now its over for you dear. Your strategy, your ideas whatever has gone wrong. Insane to be said.

  • Alaap on May 13, 2012, 14:27 GMT

    It is indeed quite baffling, just as baffling as not seeing Dada giving Smith a bowl. In 14 games that Pune has played, Smith has featured in all, but hasnt even bowled an entire over!! This is despite the fact that all bowlers barring Dinda, have leaked runs on numerous occasions across different opponents. Smith has been regarded as Warne's successor by the Australian media, which in itself is an indicator what he is capable of.. Dada has been regarded as one of the finest captains with an acute cricketing brain, but he has left his fans with some questions unanswered..

  • Monir Khan on May 13, 2012, 14:34 GMT

    Jesse Ryder has backed up two half-centuries with seven single-digit scores and still he's contineu for PW because he's from NZ and Tamim Iqbal, who produced scores of 64,70,59 and 60 in the last Asia Cup,has not got a game because he's Bangladeshi.