Tamim Iqbal May 13, 2012

'I wanted hair like Afridi's'

Tamim Iqbal talks about idolising Boom Boom, and rubbing Rubel up the wrong way
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First time I met a hero
I was about seven or eight years old. Shahid Afridi had come play for Abahani Limited, a Dhaka club. Akram Khan, my uncle, had got Afridi to Bangladesh. I could not believe my eyes. I was too young and too shy to say anything to him. He was a heartthrob in Bangladesh and one of the most popular international cricketers after he had scored the fastest ODI century. And here he was, in front of me. I love his dark hair and I tried copying his hairstyle for a while, but it didn't take off. I started to want to hit as far as he hits, and thanks to him I can hit some long balls out of the field.

First notable sledge
It happened when Bangladesh shocked India in a group match in the 2007 World Cup in Port-of-Spain. We were chasing a small target. Munaf Patel was bowling his second over. The first five balls I had not been able to take any run. The final delivery, Munaf pitched it wide of off stump. I stepped out, swung my bat and the top edge went over third man. Munaf was unimpressed and said that I needed to start playing some proper shots. I felt I must be doing something good to get a good international bowler giving me some verbal treatment. I felt good.

First time I took a bowler for granted
Again, this happened in the 2007 World Cup. After my match-winning half-century against India, I was confident. Perhaps, a bit over-confident, as I would find out against Bermuda in another group match. I thought I had faced better bowlers, so I blindly charged Saleem Mukuddem, a medium-fast bowler. I thought I would put him in his place. I stepped out and hit as hard as I could, but the top edge flew over point and third man charged in and took a brilliant catch. It taught me that you can never take anyone for granted in international cricket.

First dressing-down from a coach
It was a domestic first-class match for Chittagong against Sylhet. We had batted on the first day. The next morning I woke up late, at 9am. I drove desperately through the crowded streets of Chittagong to get to the ground, but by the time I got there, the first over had already been bowled. The Chittagong coach, Minhazul Abedin, looked at me in disbelief. I pretended I had been sick overnight, but I didn't get away: after I spent the rest of the day fielding, I was asked to run 20 laps for my mistake.

First time I batted right-handed
Rubel Hossain, the Bangladesh fast bowler, and I have always had verbal duels. He would say how he would easily get me out in the first over he bowled, and I would promise him I would thrash him out of the ground. In 2009 I was playing for Abahani Limited against Gazi Tank, Rubel's team. I had scored 160 and my confidence was high, so I decided the time was ripe to silence Rubel. I played a couple of balls right-handed just to surprise him. I was scared inside as he bowls at speeds of 140kph. I was lucky to escape unhurt!

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on May 16, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    This is a guy who can smash any bowler! I like this agressive batsman, hopefully, the next will be Nasir Hossaain, Anamul after Shakib & Mushfiq.

  • on May 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    afridi is not a legend or anything . he is just a decent and stylish player. hes batting and bowling averages in both test and odi matches are just ok to be honest

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 16, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    @Mohammad najeeb,did u realy meant it,i thnk few gd inings in asia cup 4rm tamem are stil realy playng on ur mind? Lolz,wakeup man asia cup z ovr,@Sandeep_M_J_D,can't u cnsidr him as bowlng alroundr,he z d bst leg spinr in world n would finish as greatest leg spiner with only warne ahead of him(forget kumble)

  • on May 16, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Imran Abbas - Tamim does it 20x better

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 15, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    BOOM BOOM is only afridi.. no one else

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on May 15, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    It's not native to write off Afridi here. Every one is excited to see Afridi bat. But Cricket is more than just slogging. After the world has seen Lara, Sachin, Waughs, AB, Astle, Ganguly, Anwar and many other, it will be a downside of Cricket if someone rate Afridi as a lezend. We need to think before we write something.

  • superstar100 on May 14, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    as i m frm india i like tamim i luv his batting. so it's time for boom boom tamim and another guy called boom boom is not making any cotribution with his bat . watching Batsman like tamim,sehwag,watson,gale opening is awsome :) gud luk TaMiM

  • on May 14, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Why are these people ranting over cricket legends just to know who is better? If you're a fan of cricket you wouldn't even compare legends. I, for one, is a fan of cricket and have always been excited to watch Afridi, Sehwag and now recently Tamim whenever they are on strike, and turns off tv whenever they get out. And also, i turn off tv whenever Dravid is on strike, but then, i wont turn it on again for like 3 or 4 hours, just believing Dravid wouldn't be still playing. I mean no disrespect here to Dravid but its a belief that he wuldnt get out cheaply. So be a fan of cricket, if not, please do not insult other legends. It just shows how naive you're in cricket.

  • captainpermod on May 14, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Come on Guys!!! Tamim is talking about his childhood heros. Afridi happens to be one of them and he is still playing for his country. I once have the privilige to meet Shoaib Akhtar in Kolkata, while talking about bangladeshi cricketers he rates Tamim Iqbal on top. I seldom have heard about him by that time. But with the due course of time I believe what Shoaib had told me. Tamim you can do better than what you are doing right now. Tamim ROCKS!!!

  • CricketMaan on May 14, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Afridi needed an Imran Khan in the team, he would have been a far better Test player..his problem was he was not guided and controlled when needed to.rather let become overconfident, brash...nevertheless he didnt have it in him to be the best Test player rather a Boom Boom ODI/T20 player.

  • on May 16, 2012, 12:59 GMT

    This is a guy who can smash any bowler! I like this agressive batsman, hopefully, the next will be Nasir Hossaain, Anamul after Shakib & Mushfiq.

  • on May 16, 2012, 9:32 GMT

    afridi is not a legend or anything . he is just a decent and stylish player. hes batting and bowling averages in both test and odi matches are just ok to be honest

  • WickyRoy.paklover on May 16, 2012, 6:52 GMT

    @Mohammad najeeb,did u realy meant it,i thnk few gd inings in asia cup 4rm tamem are stil realy playng on ur mind? Lolz,wakeup man asia cup z ovr,@Sandeep_M_J_D,can't u cnsidr him as bowlng alroundr,he z d bst leg spinr in world n would finish as greatest leg spiner with only warne ahead of him(forget kumble)

  • on May 16, 2012, 1:16 GMT

    Imran Abbas - Tamim does it 20x better

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 15, 2012, 22:53 GMT

    BOOM BOOM is only afridi.. no one else

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on May 15, 2012, 11:18 GMT

    It's not native to write off Afridi here. Every one is excited to see Afridi bat. But Cricket is more than just slogging. After the world has seen Lara, Sachin, Waughs, AB, Astle, Ganguly, Anwar and many other, it will be a downside of Cricket if someone rate Afridi as a lezend. We need to think before we write something.

  • superstar100 on May 14, 2012, 18:36 GMT

    as i m frm india i like tamim i luv his batting. so it's time for boom boom tamim and another guy called boom boom is not making any cotribution with his bat . watching Batsman like tamim,sehwag,watson,gale opening is awsome :) gud luk TaMiM

  • on May 14, 2012, 13:12 GMT

    Why are these people ranting over cricket legends just to know who is better? If you're a fan of cricket you wouldn't even compare legends. I, for one, is a fan of cricket and have always been excited to watch Afridi, Sehwag and now recently Tamim whenever they are on strike, and turns off tv whenever they get out. And also, i turn off tv whenever Dravid is on strike, but then, i wont turn it on again for like 3 or 4 hours, just believing Dravid wouldn't be still playing. I mean no disrespect here to Dravid but its a belief that he wuldnt get out cheaply. So be a fan of cricket, if not, please do not insult other legends. It just shows how naive you're in cricket.

  • captainpermod on May 14, 2012, 12:13 GMT

    Come on Guys!!! Tamim is talking about his childhood heros. Afridi happens to be one of them and he is still playing for his country. I once have the privilige to meet Shoaib Akhtar in Kolkata, while talking about bangladeshi cricketers he rates Tamim Iqbal on top. I seldom have heard about him by that time. But with the due course of time I believe what Shoaib had told me. Tamim you can do better than what you are doing right now. Tamim ROCKS!!!

  • CricketMaan on May 14, 2012, 8:57 GMT

    Afridi needed an Imran Khan in the team, he would have been a far better Test player..his problem was he was not guided and controlled when needed to.rather let become overconfident, brash...nevertheless he didnt have it in him to be the best Test player rather a Boom Boom ODI/T20 player.

  • AB-14 on May 14, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    @RAHULCRICKETOO7-AFRIDI HAS 28 MAN OF THE MATCH AWARDS WHILE RAHUL DRAVID HAS ONLY 14...SO AFRIDI IS A MACTH WINNER.

  • Joji_ on May 14, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    @rahulcricket007: Lolz, need I remind you this half centuries in the semi final and final of a certain T20 world cup ;)

  • on May 14, 2012, 6:49 GMT

    @Chris The Australian .. I really Appreciate your views & yes Some guys are right here. now days afridi might not be that successfull but the fact is he always took crucial wickets when it was needed & yes Shakib ul hassan is a very young talented 1 too.well i wish BD become a Strong Iternational team soon.not only tamim & shakib but all team should play well to win agains powerful teams :)

  • Abaa on May 14, 2012, 5:26 GMT

    @ mithun_1139 : Remember Zimbabwe's comeback test match? This over confident arrogant chap had the audacity to label the Zimbabwe bowlers as "ordinary" (he had the right to say so since he had killer bowlers like Akram, Ambrose, Mcgrath and Murali in his team didn't he) and went on to proclaim that Bangladesh would surely win the test match the next day. Guess what happened the following day? Unsurprisingly, Bangladesh lost and they lost badly and it was the "ordinary" Zimbabwean bowlers that put the Bangladesh batsmen in their place. Confidence is one thing. That's what the likes of Sehwag and Gayle have. If they had spoken back in 2000 (during the beginning of their careers) the way they talk now, even they would've been labelled as arrogant and over confident. This is pure over-confidence! Scoring 4 consecutive 50s or a couple of test 100s in England doesn't make you a great player. If that was the benchmark, how would you classify players like Sachin, Kallis, Lara, Ponting, etc.???

  • Saf96 on May 14, 2012, 5:22 GMT

    But there is one man who is better than both these cricketers.........and that is Shakib-Al-Hasan.......I agree that Afridi is a legend.......and Tamim has done a lot for his age.......But Shakib hasn't had many bad days in the last 3 years.........he hasn't played a lot of games for kolkata but everytime he played he took wickets!

  • on May 14, 2012, 5:18 GMT

    Tamim is actually an emotional guy, a coming of age cricketer, he has had dealt with arrogance and emotion. But he has matured, the guy plays with his heart...

  • KiwiRocker- on May 14, 2012, 5:02 GMT

    Point to be noted, Afridi's hair are natural ( He can be seen in Head N Shoulder commercials), while Tendulya's hair appear less natural. J.Kallis probably had the best hair come back. Why does not Sehwag, Yousaf Pathan, and Dhoni etc talk to J.Kallis about the treatment?

  • Dashgar on May 14, 2012, 2:53 GMT

    I really like Tamim. Plays with a lot of heart and is slowly learning his game. Already has a successful career going but is at least 5 years away from his best.

  • Chirs-Cry on May 14, 2012, 2:51 GMT

    @Sangakarafan... Mate why so hate towards these two stars ? Although, I am Australian but I love to see talent from Asia. These two are good cricketer. Calling Afridi a 'below average' cricketer shows your knowledge for cricket. Afridi is certainly the most exciting cricketer i ever came across. Arguably the best leg spinner in the world at the moment. I am sure you comment was the result of Pathetic perfomance by Sri Lanka in Asia cup ? or shall I say amazing performance by BD and PAK. They outclassed a below average and ordinary Lankan line-up, and devastatingly one must admit. SL got CRUSHED by BD. Did I mention the Dubai series where Afridi was unstoppable ? I am sure afridi (only man in the world to take 5wickets and score a 100) still haunts Sangakara in his sleep. Go back to your sleep or else Afridi and Tamim will come to haunt you.

  • Sandeep.M.J.D on May 14, 2012, 2:49 GMT

    Enough folks, tired of reading laurels about Afridi. Tamim is equally good, even Akram Khan for that matter matches with Afridi.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 14, 2012, 2:31 GMT

    @TEHSIN KHAN . YES AFRIDI CAN ONLY WIN MATCHES AGAINST BANGLADESH . PLEASE TELL ME HOW MANY TIMES HE HAS PERFORMED GOOD AGAINST TOP TEAMS .( EXCEPT IN HIS EARLY DAYS OF CAREER ) .

  • Meety on May 14, 2012, 0:52 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 - against SL late last year.

  • on May 13, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    @Sangakarafan....I can see you are jealous of both Tamim and Afridi which is why you don't even play for your National Team hahaha...you must be way way below 'average' compared to World Class Players like Tamim and Afridi. Tamim by the way has scored 3 wonderful 100s against England, scored a quick and easy 151 against India in a Test Match and has over 30 half-centuries in both Test and ODIs and still he's just only just turned 23 years old and Afridi not going to say much because his name speaks for itself. Because of these facts, both these players are 'above' average players good luck :))

  • SangakaraFan on May 13, 2012, 21:13 GMT

    An average batsmen(Tamim) following a below average cricketer Afridi.

  • TehsinKhan on May 13, 2012, 21:07 GMT

    @rahulcricket007 I think U were asleep for almost over a decade. Do I need to remind u pakistans visit to bangladesh where afridi had single handedly won ODI series? He might not be the batsman he ever was but he is one of the best leg spinners in the world. Please have your fact sytraight before you just go about pakistan-bashing, it has just become so much socially accepted diue to Indian Media, who r desperately wishing they would get one player half as good as Afridi!

  • serious-am-i on May 13, 2012, 20:32 GMT

    @Ahmed Ishtiaque: Sorry brother you are wrong with it. Attacking batsman doesn't mean he needs to be arrogant. If your team is a strong side and you have some seniors around to back you up when you cross the line the situation would be different but here he is the most senior player and his arrogance would only give a false idol reputation to his fans & most importantly it could lead downfall of a promising career. As a senior he has more responsibility nurturing other youngsters around, he is not a small kid any more. Afridi's case is different, he always had players such as Wasim/Younus/Moin Khan who calmed him down when it needed the most, now he has Misbah so he is being controlled by some one else in the team to keep in with reality check, even while he captained.. I can give u "N" no.of examples who failed to make it big after a bright couple of years because of just arrogance.

  • mehran07 on May 13, 2012, 20:10 GMT

    @rahulcricket. Shahid Afridi was man of the match in Asia Cup Final. Got It.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 13, 2012, 18:42 GMT

    @SARA KHAN . CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME AFRIDI PLAYED A MATCH WINNING ROLE .

  • on May 13, 2012, 15:33 GMT

    serious-am-i @ Tamim is an attacking batsman and attacking batsman are always arrogant. They create their own styles. Happy to see Tamim is following this rule. You do not need to bother about his arrogance and career.

  • serious-am-i on May 13, 2012, 15:24 GMT

    @mhd shahnewaz: shakib is given chances according to the team composition of a strong KKR, I am not sure why Tamim is being ignored though, I think it has to do more with the Ganguly & his relationship with Tamim. Sourav is not the best known for backing up left arm spinners during his captaincy term and similarly it could be some thing of that sort - just a wild guess or may be Tamim isn't 100% fit.

  • Tokai69 on May 13, 2012, 14:30 GMT

    I like your honest comment Tamim. He's still a kid and did not learn yet talking like a political cricketer. At the end you are a human and enjoy everything in the game, and don't afraid to speak up the truth. There might be some string attached to it but who cares .....

  • M_Rakibul_Islam on May 13, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    5 funny facts about Tamim. Though he is a little bit arrogant, his batting style & ability make me a fan of him.

  • on May 13, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    we like tamim . it dosent metter he not get a single match 4 playing its not international match or turnament

  • on May 13, 2012, 13:53 GMT

    Tamim has already proved his cricketing character in numerous times. In his day he shattered the dream of my bowlers. But it really unfortunate that he and another Bangladeshi cricketer Shakib are being neglected in the IPL time and again. Tamim got four consecutive fifty and Shakib was the man of the series in the recently completed Asia Cup. They are now in top form and we people are hungry to see their performance.

  • on May 13, 2012, 13:46 GMT

    Shahid Afridi is also very handsome, similar to Imran Khan, Akram or Irfan Pathan. Good Cricketer too.

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 13, 2012, 13:41 GMT

    I liked sachen,s new hair style.. i think he is far better human being than a cricket legend.. very silly comments by sum1 that he is copieng afridi,s hair style.. he is not.. though he can,t have that style even if he tries to becz afridi has naturally very nice and straight hairs.. by the way i am a pakistani fan of all three of them.. afridi, sachen and tamin

  • serious-am-i on May 13, 2012, 13:05 GMT

    @sehwag_is_ordinary: Big LoL!!! Grow up son. He followed Mcintyre's hairstyle until recently when he felt a need for a change. I am not sure if he has copied that from some other personality or is he trying to create one of his own but for sure he has no interest in Afridi's hair style trust me. I loved Afridi's hair style when I was younger as I had lots of hair when I was young I remember some one calling me Afridi while I was bowling. I never used to watch much of Pakistan matches and those names and players were always in-and-out of squad like Saleem Elahi. It was only after the guy mentioned I looked into a pak match, it was SL-Pak series and found out what Afridi looked like & why was I compared to him. Lol!!! Tamim seems to be a arrogant guy for sure, he needs serious shift in attitude if he has to be around for longer.

  • AcrobaticHenry on May 13, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    Abdul Rehman Tariq.. Which guy are you talking about? YOU?

  • rahulcricket007 on May 13, 2012, 11:46 GMT

    @KIWIROCKR . AND AFTER THAT MATCH ZAHEER HAS BECOME MUCH BETTER BOWLER AGAINST LEFTHANDERS . NOWADAYS TAMIM CAN'T SCORE A RUN AGAINST HIM .

  • on May 13, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    well, every1 wants to be like Afridi....he is such a flame-boy in todays cricket!!!!

  • saadfarrukh1 on May 13, 2012, 11:04 GMT

    afridis hair style very difficult thing to get i have been punished in school many times just to get afridis hairstyle still couldnt get hairs like him

  • on May 13, 2012, 10:51 GMT

    PW is not showing fair judgement with tamim iqbal. if the think tank thought that tamim is not a good player for IPL than why they got him?? after this match PW will play last match..they should try tamim's ability......

  • on May 13, 2012, 10:50 GMT

    tamim always rock... best of luck for this powerhouse..................

  • on May 13, 2012, 10:44 GMT

    too stupid of PWI think tank to drop Tamim - they shud drop Ganguly instead

  • Syed_imran_abbas on May 13, 2012, 10:40 GMT

    BOOM BOOM,s hair style is no doubt very good one but he doesnt hit that many sixes anymore... he rahter is better bowler now

  • mithun_1139 on May 13, 2012, 10:34 GMT

    @Tariq - How foolishly u are claiming him as an arrogant guy ! there is no sign of it rather he is just answering to what is thrown. Even he has admitted about some of his problems and nothing else with inflated language. Does any foreign player in Pune other than clarke match with him being selected as wisden's cricketer of the year ?? Has he ever used any pompous words after demolishing India's world cup journey in 2007 and after this Asia cup?? please do read carefully and then comment thoughtfully........

  • srivatsacertain on May 13, 2012, 10:18 GMT

    Go change your attitude son! Learn a thing or two from the likes of Younis Khan, Misbah Ul Haq or your own Shakib Al Hasan

  • on May 13, 2012, 10:10 GMT

    We all love afridi,I dont think cricket can survive wthout him,Even though he stays very less on the pitch but still its too much fun to watch him

  • on May 13, 2012, 10:08 GMT

    Hey man, best of luck for WCT20...

  • Praxis on May 13, 2012, 10:01 GMT

    @Zain Ali Khan, you bring up a very important topic about young generation not perusing professional career in cricket. Studies & proper jobs are given more importance than cricket after a certain level, its completely understandable given that most first class cricketers in BD find it hard to sustain with money from playing cricket & only a few can have a decent career in future. Long term success & role models will help in future for the growth in passion among the young people. In reality its hard to imagine BCB being able to bring in more money in domestic circuit anytime soon. Club level hockey & football already have seen a serious decline in recent decades for the same reason.

  • Sehwag_Is_Ordinary on May 13, 2012, 9:57 GMT

    oh now you know why Schin straightened his hair! To look like Afridi!!

  • SyedAbidHussain on May 13, 2012, 9:37 GMT

    A lot of youngsters wanted to imitate Afridi's hairstyel back then

  • getsetgopk on May 13, 2012, 9:25 GMT

    @KiwiRocker- V. Sehwag might not admit it in public but sure he wants it hahaha

  • on May 13, 2012, 9:19 GMT

    sounds like an arrogant and cocky guy. Good cricketer but doesn't seem to be a nice guy! won't last long if he keeps this attitude up

  • getsetgopk on May 13, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    I've seen interviews of some of these BD players, almost all of them idolize Pakistani players and have quite good impression of Pakistan (cricket at least). I wish their board had similar attitude towards PK. Their over reliance on BCCI has brought them nothing that I can imagine, never hosted them in 12 years and by the looks of it will never host in the next eight years. BCCI is all about money.

  • Caveman. on May 13, 2012, 9:00 GMT

    @SurlyCynic: He is not playing in the Indian team, since he is not an Indian.

  • SurlyCynic on May 13, 2012, 8:44 GMT

    Why Tamim not playing in Indian team? He much better than usual established players and deserves a chance.

  • admshafi on May 13, 2012, 8:18 GMT

    Tamim Iqbal,The next super star of world cricket in coming decade!

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Tamim, u r our hero & we r proud of u man...

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    we r searching a great cricketer inside him ...................

  • rahulcricket007 on May 13, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    MUNAF PATEL A GOOD INTERNATIONAL BOWLER . LOL . HE IS NOT EVEN A GOOD CLUB LEVEL BOWLER .

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Excellent interview. Afridi makes Cricket exciting to watch and play. He plays the game with a lot of passion and has won numerous matches for Pakistan. Anyway, it's great to see Bangladesh performing well in recent times, I hope it continues. They still need some time to build a strong and a competitive side, but this is expected because most Cricketing nations took some years before they started playing well. In fact, there are still some teams which only performs at their home ground, not aboard. Anyway, I have been to Bangladesh and really enjoyed my time there. I noticed that many young people don't bother to pursue playing Cricket at a professional level due to uncertainties and competitive academic environment. They are told by their elders to concentrate on their studies instead of pursing playing Cricket. I hope BCB pumps more money into domestic league and encourages more young people to take up the sport. Good luck.

  • on May 13, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    funny interview!! and funnier person.. hope he plays better than asia cup in the WCT20..best wishes :)

  • on May 13, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    very good tamim... u r an excellent player...

  • Breaking_Point on May 13, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Tamim!u r going to develop the name permanently worldwide like Afridi "TORNADO TAMIM"-if u continue to play like this way

  • on May 13, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Good Choice Tamim, follow him In/Out of the field, he's a public darling.

  • on May 13, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    hahaha! honest speech! hope he would at least get 2 or 3 matches to play for Pune. They r just making fun of him....

  • KiwiRocker- on May 13, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Good, honest comments from Tamim. He needs to work on playing quality off spinners like Saeed Ajmal and Hafeez. However, He is a very fine batsman against fast bowlers and I recall how he charged poor Zaheer Khan in WC 2007. It was a massive statement of intent that sent shivers accross Indian team. In my opinion that moment won match for B'desh. It is also nice to note that Tamim reminds that how much Pakistani players and board contributed to B'desh gaining test status. This should be a reminder for incomptent BCB that has made a mockery of positive relationships with PCB. As far as hair like Afridi, everyone wants that including V.Sehwag!

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  • KiwiRocker- on May 13, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    Good, honest comments from Tamim. He needs to work on playing quality off spinners like Saeed Ajmal and Hafeez. However, He is a very fine batsman against fast bowlers and I recall how he charged poor Zaheer Khan in WC 2007. It was a massive statement of intent that sent shivers accross Indian team. In my opinion that moment won match for B'desh. It is also nice to note that Tamim reminds that how much Pakistani players and board contributed to B'desh gaining test status. This should be a reminder for incomptent BCB that has made a mockery of positive relationships with PCB. As far as hair like Afridi, everyone wants that including V.Sehwag!

  • on May 13, 2012, 3:36 GMT

    hahaha! honest speech! hope he would at least get 2 or 3 matches to play for Pune. They r just making fun of him....

  • on May 13, 2012, 5:25 GMT

    Good Choice Tamim, follow him In/Out of the field, he's a public darling.

  • Breaking_Point on May 13, 2012, 5:35 GMT

    Tamim!u r going to develop the name permanently worldwide like Afridi "TORNADO TAMIM"-if u continue to play like this way

  • on May 13, 2012, 5:52 GMT

    very good tamim... u r an excellent player...

  • on May 13, 2012, 6:26 GMT

    funny interview!! and funnier person.. hope he plays better than asia cup in the WCT20..best wishes :)

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    Excellent interview. Afridi makes Cricket exciting to watch and play. He plays the game with a lot of passion and has won numerous matches for Pakistan. Anyway, it's great to see Bangladesh performing well in recent times, I hope it continues. They still need some time to build a strong and a competitive side, but this is expected because most Cricketing nations took some years before they started playing well. In fact, there are still some teams which only performs at their home ground, not aboard. Anyway, I have been to Bangladesh and really enjoyed my time there. I noticed that many young people don't bother to pursue playing Cricket at a professional level due to uncertainties and competitive academic environment. They are told by their elders to concentrate on their studies instead of pursing playing Cricket. I hope BCB pumps more money into domestic league and encourages more young people to take up the sport. Good luck.

  • rahulcricket007 on May 13, 2012, 7:18 GMT

    MUNAF PATEL A GOOD INTERNATIONAL BOWLER . LOL . HE IS NOT EVEN A GOOD CLUB LEVEL BOWLER .

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:31 GMT

    we r searching a great cricketer inside him ...................

  • on May 13, 2012, 7:55 GMT

    Tamim, u r our hero & we r proud of u man...