IPL 2013 news February 2, 2013

Tamim, Steven Smith re-signed by Pune Warriors


Tamim Iqbal and Steven Smith have been re-signed by the IPL franchise, Pune Warriors, after both were released in November 2012.

Tamim and Smith, both went unsold in the 2012 IPL auction but were signed later as injury replacements, because of which they had to be released by Warriors in November. Since injury replacements have the option of being re-signed by the franchise, they will now be a part of Warriors' squad in 2013 too.

This will be the second IPL tournament for Tamim, but he hopes to get more game time after not making it to the playing XI in even a single game last season.

"I signed the contract before I went to play in New Zealand [in early December]," Tamim told ESPNcricinfo. "It is a one-year contract because there is the players' auction coming up next year."

Tamim had originally been signed up for Warriors in March last year, but wasn't picked for any of the matches though he was available for all but two of the games. At that time he had called his first foray with the IPL an educational experience but this time, Tamim said, it will be all about scoring runs.

"I am more determined to perform this year," he said. "Last time when I had returned home, people didn't ask me how I was. They asked me why I didn't get a game.

"This time I think I will have more opportunity to play because the franchise has released a lot of players. All I want to do now is make runs in the IPL, it will enhance my reputation in Twenty20s."

Tamim played in the Sri Lanka Premier League for Wayamba Wolves where he averaged 38 in six games. He also played in New Zealand's domestic Twenty20 tournament for Wellington, scoring at a similar average in six games. In the ongoing Bangladesh Premier League, he has scored two half-centuries for Duronto Rajshahi.

Smith on the other hand, played 15 matches for Warriors last season and scored 362 runs at an average of 40.22 but hardly bowled in those matches.

He was a part of Sydney Sixers' victorious campaign in the Champions League T20 in in South Africa, where he scored 95 runs in four innings. In the Big Bash League in Australia, Smith had a better outing with 169 runs from six innings.

Mohammad Isam is ESPNcricinfo's Bangladesh correspondent. Vishal Dikshit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Mike on February 5, 2013, 12:21 GMT

    I prefer if there are more International assignments for our team.

  • Sriram on February 4, 2013, 11:45 GMT

    For all those clamouring Tamim for not picking county, first of all a county must be intrested in him before he can play. Or he needs a strong PR agent to sell him to a county. else, IPL is the next best for him.

  • Paras on February 3, 2013, 14:05 GMT

    With Yuvraj Singh back as a captain, Tamim Iqbal is sure to get back in the plaing XI

  • S.M. TOFAZZEL on February 3, 2013, 10:05 GMT

    If history repeats for Tamim( as was in 2012) it would be an embarrassed situation for BD fans. He should rethink before joining Pune team. It is not only the case for Tamim but also for other players who remained in the back bench all through the tournament. I did not really find any rational how BCCI allow so many overseas players to be booked by a franchise and keeping the waiting for nothing. It is one kind of conspiracy against the cricket players ; even against the particular cricketing nation. The franchising are just booking them for nothing and keeping them waiting till last match of the tournament. I think BCCI should make a range that a franchise should book a limited number of players( not exceeding 14-17) comprising of local and overseas to ensure maximum participation. As we observe in last few IPLs the franchises are booking more 25+ players per seasons and then they are finding their best combination of 11. It is simply sad for the rest who remain in the back bench.

  • KH. RAFIQUE on February 3, 2013, 8:44 GMT

    Im really not getting the point of TAMIM playing in IPL....What the difference is it gonna make to him???It would have been better to play country cricket,NZ or anywhere else to play more 4 day games to enhance his TEST cricket ability.....

  • FAHIM on February 3, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    As a Bangladeshi I would like to request Tamim not to go there, instead focus on his county career. Last time he was just sitting there for no good reason. I do not want to see our national tiger being insulted like this ever again. Please Tamim bhai, do not go.. I beg you!

  • mohammad on February 3, 2013, 5:12 GMT

    Well, picking Tamim is more of a business perspective than a cricketing one.Sahara India wants to invest in land business in Bangladesh.So, they are sponsoring Bangladesh National Team.Picking Tamim is a kind of sponsorship.I am sure they will let him play this season because of this.

  • Mikdad on February 3, 2013, 4:03 GMT

    What a player tamim iqbal.......pune doesn't know about him and his skill

  • Khub on February 3, 2013, 3:27 GMT

    I dont know why dey do it again..... if dey dont want 2 play tamim den free him, why take him if u dont wanna giv a chance

  • Ryan on February 3, 2013, 1:35 GMT

    Pune should have retained Jesse Ryder. He is in insane domestic form currently. What a waste!

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