Bangladesh in Europe 2012 July 30, 2012

Plenty of positives from Europe tour- Tamim


Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal has said the six-match Twenty20 tour of Europe has helped the team develop the habit of winning, despite the two losses to Scotland and Netherlands. Tamim was the only batsman to score in excess of 200 runs, including two half-centuries. He said he was happy to see progress on an individual and collective level.

"The tour had more positives than negatives," Tamim told ESPNcricinfo. "We won the first game against Ireland easily but in the next two we fought back from dire situations. I think the game in which [Mahmudullah] Riyad bhai bowled well in the last over was a difficult win. We never thought we were in it but we fought till the end.

"Leaving aside the Scotland game (which the hosts won by 34 runs), I thought we showed a lot of positive signs. We wanted to get into the habit of winning, so I think the tour has given us that. All in all, there were improvements but there's still a long way to go."

After sweeping the series 3-0 against Ireland, Bangladesh had a wake-up call when the Scotland batsman Richie Berrington hammered a 57-ball century. The Bangladesh batsmen faltered and lost the one-off game.

Tamim's unbeaten 69 in the next game, against Netherlands, helped them to an easy win but the tour ended in a disappointing note after they were defeated in a last-ball finish against the same opponents.

"Personally, I feel happy after the tour," Tamim said. "I thought it was a decent effort in conditions which I wouldn't call ideal for Twenty20 cricket."

The mixed results caused some bizarre movements in the ICC Twenty20 rankings. Bangladesh jumped to No. 4 after winning 3-0 against Ireland. However, one loss to Scotland brought them back to No. 9, which didn't change despite beating Netherlands the next day and losing the day after.

"We felt good when we became the No. 4 team in Twenty20s, but when we lost to Scotland and became No. 9, we obviously didn't feel that good," said Tamim. "It wasn't important to be honest and it wasn't really our goal during the series. But going up the rankings is definitely a goal for the future."

The players will take a break, but Tamim and four others are set to play the inaugural Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL) Twenty20 competition, which begins on August 11. Tamim believes the whole team stands to benefit and not just the contracted players.

"It will be great for the five players but since we'll be playing the ICC World Twenty20 in Sri Lanka in September, it'll definitely help us as a team because the captain [Mushfiqur Rahim] is also one of the five players," he said.

Mohammad Isam is senior sports reporter at the Daily Star in Dhaka

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  • Rahul on August 2, 2012, 20:01 GMT

    @roketman. Once in every 4 years u beat teams like India SL and that is a big achievement for BD team according to u

  • roket on August 2, 2012, 15:09 GMT

    @Great_Aussie: Darn it! Boyc's mom should have participated in the Asia cup this year, she would have gotten one more trophy to decorate her living room with. Since BD beat IND and SL, and Boyc's mom could easily beat BD, she would have beat IND and SL in asia cup too! And since BD only lost to PAK by 2 runs, and Boyc's mom would have easliy beaten BD, she must have won that close match against PAK and should have been righfully named the 2012 Asia cup champion! She missed a great opportunity indeed!:-) (The comments above were written in jest, in reply to someone's very humourous comments, not intended to express facts or even my opinions, so no need to start a huge argument on this one)

  • roket on August 2, 2012, 14:46 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully: Well if you are using "BD was part of IND and PAK logic", can I use the same logic on IRE? IRE had their first cricket club formed in the 1830's, they played their first FC match in 1902, they were a part of UK too!!! Just because BD was part of IND and later PAK, does not necessarily mean they had a cricket history; that logical conclusion is incorrect. BD hosted a handful of test matches in the 50's, and 60's, that was about it. The "fact" is BD played first ODI in 1986, played 32 official ODI matches between 1986 and 1999. BD played their first official FC match (according to Wikipedia) when the national team played England A in Chittagong on 25-27 October 1999. The FC league started in 2000. IND Ranji Trophy Started in 1936. Pakistan's FC league started in 1953. No team from BD or east pakistan ever participated in either of these leagues. Half the world was part of British empire once, so they should all be good at cricket?:-)

  • Muhammad Rakibul on August 2, 2012, 14:14 GMT

    @ Fast_Track_Bully: Yep, BD was part of British India & Pakistan. But at that period Football was most popular game in Bengal although they were not good at Soccer due to physique. In fact Cricket became popular there after 1997 ICC trophy & 1999 World Cup.

  • Fairooz on August 2, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    We don't mind the losses, why are the others worried? We just went to the Final of Asia cup, it takes time for teams down the order in ranking to perform better. When Aus and Eng started playing only two teams were there, when West Indies came up they were playing with only 2 teams, when India came up they were playing with only 4 teams, whoever came later had to play with more and more teams, and eventually NZL came and took 45 years to win. And it took India 60 years to move up 3 places in the ranks, so why is the world bothered about Bangladesh performance? Hope we have for our team is way too much, we learned to appreciate our guys, when a 23 year old 5 ft tall captain is hitting Sixes to 33 year old 6 ft tall veteran fast bowler and eventually throwing the team out of Asia cup, we know we are on track, and even if the batsman scored a duck and lost the match, we wouldn't mind, coz we appreciate their efforts, at least they are not selling TV sets and Video cameras

  • Usman on August 2, 2012, 6:58 GMT

    @ SylhetiBangladeshiCricketExpert4u: it is all in your face but yet you are denying. such a pity. keep satisfying yourself with 1 win out of 100 matches. Look at your fellow Bengali AHMED HUSSAIN, he is not denying anything yet he is optimistic and has a basis for it. No doubt the current crop of Bangladeshi players can certainly pose questions for top teams.

  • Manesh on August 2, 2012, 6:38 GMT

    @r0ketman. BD was a part of British India and they too played cricket in that sense and again was a part of Pakistan in 1947 and then too they played cricket. So you are not a newbie as you trying to convince others!

  • Aaquib on August 2, 2012, 2:29 GMT

    @UsmanAkbar- Keep Dreaming Mate....and start Thinking of getting back cricket in pakistan Loooooooooooooooool

  • rubel on August 1, 2012, 21:24 GMT

    @Legaleagle..u are the genuine BD fan........even though it's by the negative way...but who cares.......u love BD like u hate goes with ur name Legaleagle..........

  • Rahul on August 1, 2012, 18:14 GMT

    Even boycott's mom can beat BD team

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