POST TIME: 9 November, 2018 09:06:54 AM
Tamim hopes to comeback in home series against Windies
Sports Reporter, Dhaka

Tamim hopes to comeback in home series against Windies

Ending the speculation that was hovering around on his return to national team in the second Test against Zimbabwe in the wake of Bangladesh’s shameful defeat, opener Tamim Iqbal made it clear that he rather is all set to comeback in the series against West Indies.

Tamim was ruled out from the Asia Cup after injuring his wrist in the opening game against Sri Lanka and currently going through a rehabilitation program. The dependable opener began batting three days back and for the first time had some session against cricket ball on the academy premises on Thursday  that prompted many to believe that he is making a comeback in the series against Zimbabwe.

“Very less chance to play the second Test because I don’t think I can. I am not ready. I don’t think the physio will even permit me. It has just been three days of semi-batting, what I am doing right now. Unless I start full-fledged nets, it won’t be fair for the team from my part to declare myself fit,’’ Tamim told reporters at academy premises yesterday.

“I have started batting against spin and the dog-stick. I haven’t faced any major pain, but since there’s a bit of weakness in my hand, particular shots give me a bit of pain. Once we do some strength work, the weakness will go away,’’ he said.

“Today is probably the third day that I am batting. I haven’t had a full net session. There’s a lot of difference between playing 130-140kph and playing against spin and the dog-stick. As of now, things are looking very positive. In the next three days, there’s going to be a full net session, after which I can tell where I am at,’’ he said

Tamim also differed with skipper Mahmudullah Riyad’s opinion as far as the Bangladesh’s future in Test is concerned after the latter lambasted his team mates for failing one after another.

Bangladesh were embarrassed by the Zimbabweans in the ongoing two-match series as they were humiliated by 151 runs in the opening Test that marked their eighth successive loss and eighth successive scores under 200 runs in the longer formats.

After the game, Mahmudullah said that if they continue play Test like this there is no point the playing Test cricket that apparently irked some of his team mates with Tamim being the first one to admit it openly.

The performance in the opening game was more disappointing considering they were not playing on surface that can be termed unplayable and neither did their opponent Zimbabwe came up with any bowl magic balls on a wicket that required batsmen to spend time in the middle to score runs.

However, the hosts started dropping like ninepins and it appeared more due to their batsmen failure to take the required responsibility to resist their downfall and in the process avoid the embarrassment.

“I don’t agree with him,’’ Tamim said.

‘’But it is also true that we never expected to be beaten by Zimbabwe. People get shocked in these situations. They get disappointed and start to blame each other,’’ he said.

‘’Riyad bhai making that comment is probably one of those things. It probably came from frustration. He wanted things to be different as a captain. We all know how much the players are working to get better in Tests. But when we don’t get results, it is sometimes quite frustrating. We will play better and bounce back against this and other opponent. I believe we are strong enough to take it positively and look forward,’’ he added.