Tamim shuts down Mashrafe comparisons, pleads for time
Tamim Iqbal, the newly appointed Bangladesh captain for the 50-over format, has requested everybody on Saturday (March 14) to give him some time so that he could make a difference in his role. He also shut down all the potential comparisons with former captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.
The left-hander was announced as the new ODI captain of Bangladesh on March 8 by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), after the former captain Mashrafe had stepped down from his role following the three-match ODI series against Zimbabwe.
While talking to the reporters in a press briefing, Tamim promised that he will focus on the team culture, as he is of the belief that this is the area where he can improve to bring some notable success on the field.
“You have to keep patient. Our fans also have to keep patient. I will try to do whatever it takes for the best interest of the team,” said Tamim in what was his first public interaction after the captaincy appointment.
“I think there are a lot of things that are beyond our control on the field. But one of the things that is under our control is the ‘team culture’. I think how we are thinking outside the field or how professional we are — I think these are the areas we can improve and that will be first job as the captain,” he added.
Tamim, no doublt, will be compared very often the the previous captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza in the coming days. But he made it clear on Saturday that expecting him to surpass Mashrafe overnight is unfair.
“I have said earlier that it’s tough to be a good successor of Masrhafe bhai as a captain. He led the team for a long time. He is the most successful captain of Bangladesh. The team achieved many remarkable things under his leadership. We need a big win in ODI cricket, which must break the ice for our future,” said Tamim.
“I will try everything possible for the betterment of the team. I don’t know whether I will be successful or not but I will keep trying. It’s tough to surpass Masrhafe bhai in the first bid.”