‘We are favourites as long as we are in the competiton’

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Tamim and Sabbir

 

Ahead of the start of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has given an exclusive interview to Prothom Alo, where the Chittagong lad claimed themselves to be the favourites in the tournament. [বাংলায় পড়ুনঃ ‘যত দিন টুর্নামেন্টে আছি, আমরাই ফেবারিট’]

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“As long as we are in the competition, it would have to be us. If we fail to qualify (for the semifinals), then I would name another name. But not now,” said Tamim.

Asked how he would rate this new-look Bangladesh side in experience, skill and confidence, Tamim said: “In experience, we are 6-7. We have five players in the team who have played a lot of matches. If we had at least 6-7such players, then I would give it an 8. In skill, it should be 7.5-8. And as far as confidence is concerned, it would be probably 6.5-7.”

Tamim is very happy with both his and his team’s performance in the tri-nation series against Ireland and New Zealand, “I am satisfied with the praparation. Actually the tri-nation series wasn’t meant to be a practice series only. There were the prospects of World Cup qualification associated with it. I am very happy with the way I batted in it.”

The Oval, the venue of Bangladesh’s first two group matches, may have its own share of prestigious history, as it is the ground where Sir Donald Bradman played his last match, but Tamim said he would rather like to have the Champions Trophy in Mirpur.

“I know The Oval is a batting wicket. But that doesn’t mean we will just go out to bat and put up a score of over 350. None of us played at this groud before. It will be a new experience for all of us. Is it good to be playing at The Oval? If you ask me, I would say I would rather play at Mirpur.”

 

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent, bdcrictime.com