Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has joined the training camp on Monday and after the practice session Tamim wished good luck to his former coach Hathurusingha when questions were asked about him constantly by the media.
Tamim said: “He completed his duty, I can’t say that. But I can say, he was here for 4 years. We have to admit that he made us a better team. We have to give him credit for this. He didn’t work only for the team, but for some players too. But as he is now Sri Lanka’s coach, good luck to him.”
The left hand batsman also believes the team should now stop thinking about him: “I don’t think there won’t be any big effect if we stop thinking about him. At the end of the day, you will do a lot of planning and will do a lot of things. But if the players aren’t able to play like that, then the things will not work out.”
Hathurusingha knows the strong and weak sides of the Bangladesh players. When asked if that would harm the team: “Actually it will matter only if you keep thinking. But he was with us for 3-4 years, he knows a lot about us.”
For putting up a good performance, the senior cricketers need to step up. The senior cricketer Tamim himself believes the same: “Actually, there is no need to mention this anymore. We understand this now too. We 4-5 people are playing for the team since the last 10 years, We have played more than 200 matches including all formats. Its obvious that the responsibilities will come into our shoulders.”