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Tigers adamant to establish own brand of cricket

  • Published at 04:46 pm January 19th, 2021
Tamim Iqbal
Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal during a practise session at SBNS Photo: BCB

Tamim in his first official press conference since taking charge as the ODI skipper in March last year emphasized the need of creating a team DNA that would lead it to positive results

Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal hopes his side will create its own brand of cricket as the team sets journey to qualify for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 with the three-match home series beginning against West Indies. Hosts Bangladesh will take on the Caribbean side in the first ODI of the series at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Wednesday.  

Tamim in his first official press conference since taking charge as the ODI skipper in March last year emphasized the need of creating a team DNA that would lead it to positive results. The left-handed opener in the virtual press meet on Tuesday pressed on the fact that now it is time for Bangladesh to create its own identity and not follow other teams.

“I always try to give priority in Bangladesh developing its own brand of cricket. Every country has its own style of cricket so I don’t think we should follow some other team. We are not physically as strong as West Indies or have build up like that of Australia but we do have our own advantages that other teams do not have,” said Tamim to the media.

The team West Indies has got for the series is being considered as a second string side as majority of its top cricketers pulled themselves out from the tour citing Covid-19 concerns. Discussion is wide if the series should be easy for Bangladesh to bag the points or rather create pressure facing a lesser known side. Tamim clarified their mindset and highlighted the importance of a good result from the series.

Bangladesh until the 2023 World Cup will get to play around 27 to 28 ODIs that are part of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. Finishing in top eight in the competition will get Bangladesh to directly qualify for the main round of the world event.

“We do not have control of that (the players that they have got). We can control our game and how we perform in the middle. The ODI series now are not like before where it would not matter if we lose. Every game is important for us to qualify for the World Cup and we want to focus on things that we can control,” said Tamim.

“There is always a pressure of winning matches. We will play maximum 27 to 28 matches before the 2023 World Cup. Every game and every point is important. We will always want that we do not need to play the qualifying round and that we can finish in top eight (in the Super League),” the Bangladesh captain added.

Bangladesh are going to play an international series for the first time in 10 months since the Covid-19 outbreak. The occasion is also first for the Bangladesh cricketers to play a month-long international series remaining inside a bio-secured bubble. The skipper, however, believes the new norms will not affect the hosts believes given the practice they had during the two local tournament, BCB President’s Cup and Bangabandhu T20 Cup.