2017 ICC Champions Trophy: Tamim Iqbal Tips Bangladesh To Do Well In England And Wales
Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal feels the Tigers could go with some sort of a momentum on its back for 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, while spending some quality time during the ongoing Tri-Nation series between hosts Ireland and visitors New Zealand which further includes Masharfe Bin Mortaza side.
The 28-year-old left-handed batsman Tamim believes a win against Ireland at The Village by eight wickets has boosted the morale of the players while stating Bangladesh has a chance to do well in the upcoming Champions Trophy which will kickstart on June 1st at The Oval between host England and The Tigers.
“There will be a good chance for us also in Champions Trophy,” Tamim was quoted by bdcrictime.com.
Interestingly, Bangladesh is placed in the Group A alongside formidable Australia, England and New Zealand which according to Chittagong-born Tamim would give tough time to his team in the much-awaited event.
“The wicket of England will be different than Ireland,” Tamim said.
The experienced campaigner for Bangladesh Tamim stated English conditions would be bit flat which according to him will assist the batsmen.
Tamim, who is of the view that English wicket conditions, would be quite different from Ireland adding it may further test the team in the short-paced tournament.
Showing some improvement in the limited-overs format, Bangladesh is placed at the seventh position on the ICC ODI Rankings.
“It will be difficult for us to play against Australia, England and New Zealand on a flat pitch,” Tamim revealed.
However, traditionally, the English conditions have been helpful for seamers, but considering the fact it’s the mega event being played under the aegis of ICC under which anything is possible.
Tamim, who has played 168 One-day Internationals wished to see Bangladesh winning before going into the 18-day event in England and Wales.
“It will be great for us to go to England by winning here. Here [in The Village] more or less everyone played two innings,” Tamim asserted.
Tamim expressed his satisfaction by saying his teammates or gelling well as a unit while stating it is important to see players doing well in the Tri-Nation series which has been termed as ‘warm-up session’ before the start of the tournament for the Black Caps and The Tigers respectively.
“Everyone has already understood how and what to do. It needs much time to adjust first. After getting set in the wicket it is needed to wait for a bad ball,” Tamim said.
Coming to the ICC Champions Trophy schedule, Bangladesh will play its second match against Australia at The Oval before facing New Zealand on June 9 at Cardiff.
In 166 ODI innings Tamim has scored 5,385 runs at an average of 33.24 which further included eight hundreds and 35 fifties.
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