Tamim turns down LPL offers
Tamim Iqbal has reportedly sent back offers from three LPL (Lankan Premier League) teams before the start of Bangabandhu T20 Cup.
The Daily Samakal revealed the news. It was said that Tamim received offers after returning to Bangladesh from PSL (Pakistan Super League) where his team Lahore Qalandars played the finals.
The Lankan Premier League will start from the 26th of this month. Meanwhile Tamim’s Fortune Barishal will be taking on Gemcon Khulna in the second match of the opening day (November 24) in the T20 Cup. The southpaw is fully dedicated to his new home team Barishal.
“BCB’s tournament Bangabandhu T20 Cup is starting. My plans, thoughts and mind will be around Fortune Barishal,” Tamim said as quoted by Daily Samakal.
Several Bangladeshi players – including then suspended Shakib Al Hasan, were interested for the Lankan Premier League. Eventually none got a team in the players’ draft after Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan Papon hinted at not giving NOCs (No Objection Certificate) for LPL.
Bangladesh were scheduled to tour Sri Lanka in October-November but that got postponed after BCB could not agree to 14-day mandatory quarantine in the island country.
Bangladesh are set to return to international cricket in January with a full series against West Indies at home. Bangabandhu T20 Cup will be the ideal stage for preparation.
Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim had a short tour to Pakistan for PSL play-offs. He made 18 from 10 and 20-ball 30 in the two eliminators before scoring a slow 35 off 38 in the final against Karachi Kings, who claimed their first PSL trophy.
“I was in good touch in the first two matches,” Tamim said on his PSL experience. “But the wicket for the final was different. The pitch looked to be good for 180 but when I came out to bat I had to work hard. Batsmen had to play to the merits which is why the score was low.”