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Tamim, Steven Smith re-signed by Pune Warriors

Mohammad Isam and Vishal Dikshit

February 2, 2013

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Tamim Iqbal top-scored for Duronto Rajshahi with 33, Dhaka Gladiators v Duronto Rajshahi, Bangladesh Premier League, Chittagong, February 1, 2013
Tamim Iqbal will be a part of the Pune Warriors camp again © Bangladesh Cricket Board
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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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Posted by Energetic. on (February 5, 2013, 12:21 GMT)

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

Posted by CricketMaan 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.

Posted by Paras.Rishi 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

Posted by 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.

Posted by Rafelgibt 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.....

Posted by visionbangladesh1 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!

Posted by British_North_America 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.

Posted by Mikdadmikku on (February 3, 2013, 4:03 GMT)

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

Posted by CrICkeeet 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

Posted by nzcricket174 on (February 3, 2013, 1:35 GMT)

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

Posted by foursandsixes on (February 3, 2013, 0:41 GMT)

It will be a good learning experience for Tamim. IPL will help his test career.

Posted by JACK.SPARROW on (February 2, 2013, 20:27 GMT)

i would suggest tamim not to participate in ipl.Because there is no use of sitting in dug-out for every match as last year. it's better practicing in the net at home and taking preparation for upcoming series than being benched.

Posted by Ajmal_Chucker on (February 2, 2013, 18:41 GMT)

Why do Bangladesh fans want their players to play in IPL than go to the Zimbabwe tour? I agree with warm_coffee stop taking Zimbabwe lightly because you did that in 2011 and look what happened? I remember someone like Tamim saying he will hit a bowler like Brian Vetori of Zimbabwe all over the park but got punished. IPL won't do anything wonders for your players you cry for International Cricket and you're getting them now don't disappoint.

Posted by M_Rakibul_Islam on (February 2, 2013, 17:57 GMT)

Tamim may join IPL after the end of BD tour of Zim next April. He is the most consistent BD batsman in shorter formats. He played in English County T20 in 2011. In 2012, he had successful stints with Wyamba in SLPL & Wellington in NZ's HRV T20 cup. His record in BPL 2013 is so far satisfactory. So he shud get chance in Pune's main XI whenever he's available.

Posted by SyedAreYouDumb on (February 2, 2013, 17:46 GMT)

If he doesnt play good or gets out for a duck in his debut he wont get picked. Sohag, Nasir, Mushfiqur, mahmadullah should also get chances in IPL as they are quality players (especially subcontinent pitches)

Posted by Kohli--The_Messi_of_Cricket on (February 2, 2013, 16:38 GMT)

I would pick Manish Pandey and Robin Uthappa as openers over Iqbal on any given day. Iqbal is just a big waste of an overseas player slot. Should have retained Jesse Ryder instead.

Posted by FrenchCricketFan on (February 2, 2013, 16:15 GMT)

tamim iqbal is by far the most inconsistent batsman from bangladesh , even new comers like nasir , anamul etc are more consistent than him. If ipl wants to buy a bangladeshi player then Sohag Gazi would be the best choice - a top class effective spinner.

Posted by asiacricket1234 on (February 2, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

I don't understand how Tamim going to be playing in IPL. BD is touring Zim during that time. Is he skipping that tour?

Posted by Monreal on (February 2, 2013, 16:01 GMT)

Pune need Marlon Samuels to be fit and available. He is the key t their season

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 2, 2013, 15:51 GMT)

@LegB4wkt, if we make foreigner captain a team of IPL, one place is blocked, so it is not so easy to handover the captaincy to Mattews. I think Pune also buys Perera this year. So they can have Tamim, Smith, Samuels, Wright, Mattews, Perera, Marsh, Thomas nice blend of foreign players.

Posted by Warm_Coffee on (February 2, 2013, 15:49 GMT)

How? Bangladesh have a full tour to Zimbabwe. International commitments comes first followed by everything else. Besides, its guaranteed he won't get picked. Bangladesh struggled to beat Zimbabwe the last time we faced them , we lost both the Test and ODI series so he will definitely not play in IPL also Shakib. My advice for our players is to not play in IPL and play in things worthwhile like County Cricket or abroad somewhere else in seaming conditions.

Posted by CaptainKool on (February 2, 2013, 15:46 GMT)

Mahmudullah from Bangladesh is good player. He should be in IPL.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 2, 2013, 15:28 GMT)

@wise shah, it is very hard to get chance to Mushfiq Rehman becuase he is wk batsmen, Nasir he is too young and soon in year or two will get chance on the circuit as he have lot of potential and Mahmdullah needs to prove more to attract the buyers. But I am sure in year or two Nasir and may be after 2 years Anamul will definately play in IPL. and bangladeshi fans dont worry this year Tamim will surely get chance as opener from match one.

Posted by LegB4wkt on (February 2, 2013, 15:23 GMT)

They should make Mathews captain. UV doesn't have any leadership experience or qualities. Mathews just showed his class in Aus a few weeks back.

Posted by raselataul on (February 2, 2013, 15:05 GMT)

He really does deserve for his position..he has some potentiality as he has been performing in all formats of cricket, the performance in Sri Lanka Premier League, New Zealand, BPL should be influenced to selector in Pune Warriors. Then he can show his best he gets chance..He is not a player to stay side bench any more..

Posted by class9ryan on (February 2, 2013, 14:53 GMT)

Tamim Iqbal is a right kind of player on these tracks in India especially better than Jesse Ryder.... Well whos gonna captain this side ... dont think YUVI has some extra special leadership qualities

Posted by abs.liton on (February 2, 2013, 14:49 GMT)

I know Pune won't let Tamim play in IPL 2013. If a team can't realise the value of a opener like Tamim then Pune should deserve the same result like last year.

Posted by TNAmarkFromIndia on (February 2, 2013, 14:41 GMT)

Oh well, not too thrilled about Tamim. Though there aren't too many quality openers PWI can buy in the auction and the fact that Tamim is a subcontinental batsman helps I guess.

Posted by QingdaoXI on (February 2, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

This years Pune Xi: Tamim Iqbal, Manish Pandey, Marlon Samuels, Robin Uttappa, Yuvraj Singh, Steven Smith, Angelo Mattews, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Murali Kartik, Ashok Dinda, Rahul Sharma, Ashish Nehra/ Ishwar Pandey.

Posted by wiseshah on (February 2, 2013, 14:29 GMT)

IPL should buy mahmudullah riad , a superb allrounder, nasir hossain and mushfiq rahim---they all are in good form

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