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    "Saeed Ajmal's the Dangerman" : Tamim Iqbal [PP Exclusive Interview]

    PakPassion presents an exclusive interview with exciting young Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal.

    22 year old Tamim already has 7 centuries and 29 half centuries in International cricket. The left-hander is regarded as one of the most exciting prospects in Bangladesh cricket and is one of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball in the world.

    A cricketer that fans around the world love to watch and someone I'm sure the Pakistani bowlers will be looking to dismiss early in the upcoming series in Bangladesh.


    PakPassion.net: You are regarded as one of the most exciting talents in world cricket. Your style of batting is admired by many. You must be a proud man?

    Tamim Iqbal: I'm really pleased and proud with how things have gone so far in my career. I thank God that I have the opportunity to play cricket at this level and for the fans for appreciating me.


    PakPassion.net: You made your International debut 4 years ago, how do you feel you have developed, changed and matured as a batsman since your debut?

    Tamim Iqbal: It's been a learning experience. I'm still learning a lot of things and developing my batting. I really hope that I have a long career ahead of me and I'm sure I am a much better batsman than I was when I first came into International cricket. I believe I still have a lot of things to learn and I am confident that I will get better with more exposure in International cricket against the best opposition.


    PakPassion.net: You've played some hugely exciting innings in the 4 years that you have represented Bangladesh. Which do you feel has been your best innings?

    Tamim Iqbal: That would have to be the test innings at Lords where I made a century against England. Lords is such a historical ground with great tradition and to make a century at that ground was just fantastic. It was a record breaking innings as I was the first Bangladeshi to score a century at Lords and the experience will always stay with me forever.


    PakPassion.net: You've obviously faced a number of great bowlers in International cricket, who would you say has been the pick of the bunch?

    Tamim Iqbal: Morne Morkel has been the toughest to face. He's a very difficult bowler to bat against. His height, and the bounce he can extract fom a length and in addition he rarely gives you any freebies as a batsman.


    PakPassion.net: With the influx of Twenty20 cricket, there are a lot of concerns about the future of test cricket. Your thoughts about the future of Test cricket?

    Tamim Iqbal: Test cricket is the main game, it's the real deal. This format of cricket tests you thoroughly and every cricketer has the dream to represent his country in Test cricket. There is no rival to test cricket.


    PakPassion.net: Bangladesh has produced some vey good cricketers like yourself, Shakib al Hasan, Mohammad Ashraful, Moshrafe Mortaza etc but there seems to be a distinct lack of consistency in the team's performance. What do you think Bangladesh needs to do to become more consistent in International cricket?

    Tamim Iqbal: Firstly, we need to develop our domestic cricket. Secondly we need to play more International cricket and get more exposure at the highest level of cricket. If you are playing cricket at the highest level you are going to improve. We really need to ensure that we are playing more International cricket.


    PakPassion.net: Despite the required changes and improvements, Bangladesh continues to produce some very good young cricketers?

    Tamim Iqbal: The Bangladesh Cricket Board is working very hard no doubt and I'm sure that we will continue to produce good cricketers. I think in a few years down the line we can perform well in International cricket and become more competitive as the youngsters that are being developed and will no doubt have forged their way into the international arena.


    PakPassion.net: You've played under several captains already for your country. Now there's been another change of skipper. What can we expect from Mushfiqur Rahim as skipper?

    Tamim Iqbal: I've played under Mushfiqur in the under 19s and I know him very well. He knows what he needs to do as skipper and what he needs to bring to the team. He's started well and is doing a good job, but it's too early to say as he has just skippered in the one series. Let's see how it goes and I wish him all the very best for a successful stint as captain and I'm sure he will do very well.


    PakPassion.net: Your next series is a home series against Pakistan. Your thoughts on the challenge of Pakistan?

    Tamim Iqbal: Yes, it's going to be a very tough and challenging series for us because the Pakistanis are playing some very good cricket and are in great form. Their batsmen and bowlers are in top form and it promises to be a difficult series for us.


    PakPassion.net: Who do you see as the dangermen in the Pakistani side?

    Tamim Iqbal: Saeed Ajmal without a doubt. I've only faced him for one delivery and that was in County Cricket when I was playing for Nottinghamshire and he was representing Worcestershire. I scored a single and was happy to be at the other end. He's a very good bowler and is in great form at the moment. It's going to be a real challenge to face the Pakistani bowlers in the upcoming series, especially Saeed Ajmal. He's a very experienced bowler who has a lot of varieties and he will certainly be someone that my colleagues and I will have to watch carefully.


    PakPassion.net: How was your County Cricket stint at Nottinghamshire last season?

    Tamim Iqbal: I loved it. It was a childhood dream to get the chance to play County cricket. I'd always heard about the benefits of playing County cricket and looked at some of the names that have featured in it over the years like Sachin Tendulkar and really wanted an opportunity to try myself out in that format. It was a great experience and one that I would love to try again if given the opportunity.

    Ideally a full season in county cricket can really develop you as a cricketer - you can learn so much and if you can perform well in County cricket that really sets you up nicely to take that experience into International cricket. Playing in differing conditions - bowler friendly conditions - was an excellent experience.


    PakPassion.net: Twenty20 cricket seems to be the priority for some modern day cricketers ahead of other formats. Some big names are missing from International cricket due to this?

    Tamim Iqbal: I can't really comment on why some individuals are not playing International cricket and instead playing in Twenty20 competitions, but will say that Twenty over cricket is fun and there's a lot of enjoyment for the crowd with lots of boundaries. I really enjoy playing twenty over cricket as it suits my style of batting but as I said earlier Test cricket is the ultimate version of cricket.


    PakPassion.net: There's a possibility of an IPL style Twenty20 league in Bangladesh in future, with a number of the big names playing in this competition. Exciting times?

    Tamim Iqbal: Yes there are some rumours that I am hearing about this tournament and if the competition happens then I'm sure it will be great for Bangladesh cricket and something that I am looking forward to playing in. It will give Bangladesh cricket good exposure and if it happens will attract the best players from around the world. It will also no doubt be a fantastic spectacle for the cricket mad Bangladeshi public.


    PakPassion.net: Many thanks for your time and best of luck for the future.

    Tamim Iqbal: My pleasure.



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    Many thanks to Tamim for his time in doing this interview for PakPassion and also to the Bangladesh Cricket Board in the efficient and well organised way they sorted this interview out for me.

    Tamim's a good guy and is a very good ambassador for his country.



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    Saeed Ajmal is going to wreck the Bangla batsmen, that's for sure.

    Tamim is an exciting talent though hugely inconsistent, huge pressure on him to perform.

    Let's see if he can step up to the mark.


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    Oh yeah, BD, expect some psychological damage after the series.

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    He is the danger man also. Ajmal will get loads of em!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AZ View Post
    Saeed Ajmal is going to wreck the Bangla batsmen, that's for sure.

    Tamim is an exciting talent though hugely inconsistent, huge pressure on him to perform.

    Let's see if he can step up to the mark.
    In ODIs yes but in Tests he has the second highest average and strike-rate among International openers over the past two years behind Cook (average-wise) and Sehwag (SR-wise). But he is capable of much more than the customary 70s and 80s and needs to convert his 100s into big ones.
    Last edited by Equinox; 22nd November 2011 at 19:37.

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    Tamim is an overrated player, he hasn't played any match winning knocks for his country. In test he throws away his wicket after hitting a personal milestone, also not to mention in odis after 100+ matches only one not out He's no Ashraful ro
    Last edited by Ashraful_Rox; 23rd November 2011 at 08:38.


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    Every cricketer says that test cricket is the ultimate form etc etc, yet we stil have so few people turning out to watch it.

    Such a huge shame.

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    There is a bit of Pakistani in him .... the KHAN clan... may be thats where the aggressiveness and arrogance comes from .

    Tamim went to Pakistan before the world cup to get bats made for himself too . Definitely Ajmal is the dangerman but if Tamim gets to face him in ODIs, then by that time he must have scored 30-40 [if not more] and should be well settled.

    The problem with Tamim is his big mouth making statements such as calling Zimbabwes bowlers ordinary and putting undue pressure on himself, even before the world cup. When it comes to giving interviews he is Bangladesh's Afridi. His general fitness has also not been up to the mark thanks to a lot of smoking and poor diet. None the less he is our main batsman and needs to have an extra ordinary series if bangladesh wants to challenge Pakistan.

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    This interview is now on Cricinfo also. Can't wait for this battle

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    Super talented!

    He just needs to be a bit more consistent in all forms on the game because Bangla's fate heavily depends on him. He's so young even now... can achieve a lot for the country if he puts his head to it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bullet Drive View Post
    This interview is now on Cricinfo also. Can't wait for this battle
    Indeed;

    http://www.espncricinfo.com/banglade...ry/541749.html

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    it's a mismatch!!!!!

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    Watch out for Hafeez vs. the Bangla left handers

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    LOL people still foregt he is a bacha..only 22..lots of potential but needs to keep working hard!

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    can't wait to see the spinners cause havoc to the bengali batsman this series

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    The Bangladesh batsmen aren't bad players aren't bad players of spin but facing Ajmal in the form he is in at the moment is a different kettle of fish.

    Will be an intriguing battle and one that I am really looking forward to.



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    Ajmal the biggest threat - Tamim Iqbal


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    Think Tamim is needed in that team.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MenInG View Post
    Think Tamim is needed in that team.
    Where was he today?

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    ^He was rested as a precautionary measure.

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    I spoke with one of the BCB officials earlier today and he told me that Tamim had trained with the rest of the team today and had felt ok.

    He should be ok to play but a final decision on his participation will be made tomorrow ahead of the first ODI.



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    ^Oh man, if Naeem and Imrul open again we are doomed. I'd send Mushfiq to open if Tamim is ruled out.

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    Nafees might come in if Tamim isn't playing today. Nafees might come in for Imrul, if Tamim is playing today. Need a decent match please, instead of being steam rolled from ball one.

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    You're a left-hander, Tamim. Professor is the dangerman for you!


    #JusticeForFawad

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    Tamim's had a bit of nightmare series so far hasn't he.

    Injury and then 2 low scores.

    I'm sure he'll bounce back though soon.



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    His shot selection is not good.

    Chased a VERY wide delivery today. Not to forget, a brilliant catch by Younis Khan!


    #JusticeForFawad

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    Tamim can't even handle Even can be the danger man bowling to him


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    Quote Originally Posted by pakcricketfan View Post
    You're a left-hander, Tamim. Professor is the dangerman for you!
    What I said.


    #JusticeForFawad

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    Doesn't even bat long enough to even face Ajmal.

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    Bowled so well today. Congrats Ajmal, expecting a man of the series for you in the tests.

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    Hasn't really faced much of Ajmal really has he, as he hasn't got passed dangerman Hafeez.



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    Tamim's ODI Series; 0, 4, 0

    Test Innings: 9, 15

    One test left to make any sort of impact on us.

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    Tamim is professors bunny.

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    Ajmal was the danger man and he can't even play Hafeez

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    Funny thing is, Tamim hasn't faced Ajmal once in the whole series

    Felt sorry for him after today's dismissal, he was playing beautifully.

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    From a neutral view it is a shame we never got to see an in form Tamim vs Ajmal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Fawad2010 View Post
    Tamim's ODI Series; 0, 4, 0

    Test Innings: 9, 15

    One test left to make any sort of impact on us.
    Tamim's ODI Series; 0, 4, 0

    Test Innings: 9, 15, 14, 21

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    In horrible touch at the moment.

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    He was unfairly given out today, when he looked at his best form. Oh well! That's life. Hopefully Inshallah in Pakistan he can perform better.


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    Billy Doctrove saved Pakistan from an epic Tamim onslaught today. Gul should give him half his match fees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equinox View Post
    Billy Doctrove saved Pakistan from an epic Tamim onslaught today. Gul should give him half his match fees.


    He had 7 chances this tour for his 'epic onslaught', didn't really get going any other time.

    And not having DRS is not PK's fault, we'd have agreed had BD offered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equinox View Post
    Billy Doctrove saved Pakistan from an epic Tamim onslaught today. Gul should give him half his match fees.
    Ok maybe today Tamim got out cause of Doctrove but what about the other 6 occasion?were those the umpires fault as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equinox View Post
    Billy Doctrove saved Pakistan from an epic Tamim onslaught today. Gul should give him half his match fees.
    The best thing about the England series would be getting away from these irritating arrogant BD fans.

    Seriously you guys would have been unbearable had your team actually won something.

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    From Cricinfo commentary...

    Isam sends me this from the Daily Kaler Kantho (bangla newspaper): Tamim Iqbal said before the series began that Saeed Ajmal would be the major threat. He didn't face a single ball from him."

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    Yes Ajmal bowled really well to pick up the wickets of the tailenders in both innings. Even for that he needed the help of the umpires.

    105.5


    Saeed Ajmal to Elias Sunny, OUT, Tarapore raises his finger, was the doosra, turned in from a good length outside off, Sunny got forward to defend, got an inside edge and Sunny walks back to the pavilion shaking his head. It seemed to me initially that the impact may have been outside the line of off stump, but the replays showed the deflection off the bat


    Elias Sunny lbw b Saeed Ajmal 12 (56m 41b 2x4 0x6) SR: 29.26

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    Quote Originally Posted by Equinox View Post
    Yes Ajmal bowled really well to pick up the wickets of the tailenders in both innings. Even for that he needed the help of the umpires.

    105.5


    Saeed Ajmal to Elias Sunny, OUT, Tarapore raises his finger, was the doosra, turned in from a good length outside off, Sunny got forward to defend, got an inside edge and Sunny walks back to the pavilion shaking his head. It seemed to me initially that the impact may have been outside the line of off stump, but the replays showed the deflection off the bat


    Elias Sunny lbw b Saeed Ajmal 12 (56m 41b 2x4 0x6) SR: 29.26
    Have a bowler take 50 test wickets in a calender year, then we'll talk.

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    I like watching this guy bat, really is a very talented cricketer.

    Sent him a congrats message today from PP



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    Looks to be in much better form, let's see if he survives long enough to face Ajmal this time around


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    A lot was made of Ajmal-Sachin confrontation but this is probably a more interesting one, given that Tamim was one of the few left handers that was able dominate Swann at his best.

    Obviously, he'd have to get past Hafeez first.

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    Tamim Iqbal

    Unfulfilled talent ?. One of the most exciting batsmen to emerge from Sub Con. Still very young.

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    lacks the temperament to be anything but an unfulfilled talent

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    I wont call him an unfulfilled talent.. He is what he is!

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    A la Shehzad ?.

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    The issue with him is his attitude. He seems very arrogant for his own good. Which stops him from achieving many milestones

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    Not attitude, but fitness. Guy started cramping in his 80s and would refuse the extra run


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