Tamim Iqbal, who will depart for England Saturday night, said he is looking forward to performing in the game, rather than only participating
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is elated to be part of the ICC World XI which is set to face the West Indies in a charity T20I game at Lord’s Thursday. The match has been organised to raise funds for stadias in the Caribbean which were damaged due to hurricanes last year.
Tamim, who will depart for England Saturday night, said he is looking forward to performing in the game, rather than only participating.
“I am excited as it is an honour to be part of such a game. But I hope to perform in the match instead of just participating,” said Tamim to the media in the sidelines of a match-scenario game at Mirpur Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Dhaka Saturday.
“The game’s cause is a noble one and I hope the organisers will be able to meet the ambition. I hope a good amount of money will be collected from this game in order to renovate the hurricane-affected stadiums in the Caribbean,” the left-handed batsman added.
Tamim is the only Bangladesh batsman to make it to the honours board at Lord’s. In 2010, the southpaw scored a memorable hundred on the fourth and penultimate day at Lord's against host England to emerge as the first Bangladeshi to hit a Test century at the historic ground.
When queried if the excitement of playing at Lord’s is triggered by fond memories at the venue, Tamim said, “The feelings would have been the same even if I did not have a memory there. We (Bangladesh) do not get to play much at Lord’s. My excitement is because of the fact that I will get to play there after a long time. But overall, it is a big occasion for me at being able to represent World XI.”
The game at Lord’s will be Tamim’s first competitive cricket action after recovering from a knee injury.
“I had rehab for almost two months. I hope I have been able to recover well. And we have done more than what was required. I have worked on my fitness too in the past few weeks. I believe I have ticked all the boxes. At this point, I hope there is no issue during the game,” said Tamim.
All-rounder Shakib al Hasan was the second Bangladeshi named in the ICC World XI for the charity game. Bangladesh Test and T20I captain Shakib however, pulled off his name due to his tight schedule. The ace all-rounder is currently in India with his IPL T20 franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad and is waiting to take on Chennai Super Kings in the final Sunday in Mumbai.
With England batsman Eoin Morgan as captain, the ICC World XI will feature Shahid Afridi, Dinesh Karthik, Rashid Khan, Shoaib Malik, Hardik Pandya and Thisara Perera, among others.