Tamim worthy of this record: Akram
Tamim Iqbal, after his unbeaten 334-run knock in the ongoing Bangladesh Cricket League (BCL) on Sunday, has become the highest individual run-getter in Bangladesh’s first-class cricket circuit.
While this feat has instantly made the Bangladesh opener talk of the country, former Bangladesh great Akram Khan is of the opinion that Tamim is a worthy holder of the record given his stature as a batsman in Bangladesh cricket history.
“It is no doubt a deserving feat for a quality player like Tamim Iqbal. His stats speak volumes about his caliber,” Akram told reporters at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium Sunday.
The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) Cricket Operations Chairman also mentioned Mushfiqur Rahim’s name, saying: “It is unfortunate we do not get players like Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim in domestic cricket more often due to the hectic International schedule.”
However Akram had another idea in his mind, as he thought the national team stars should feature in domestic cricket more often for the betterment of the local youngsters.
“If the local players could play against them regularly, they could improve their standards. It is always tough to bowl or bat against a quality batsman or bowler. We have been holding talks on how we can include them in domestic cricket more regularly.”
Meanwhile the national selection panel member and also former Bangladesh captain Habibul Bashar showered Tamim with praise, describing his achievement as “incredible”.
“His [Tamim’s] innings is an incredible one. There is nothing new to say about his batting. I have seen the hunger and passion in his batting. Many who play International cricket do not have the passion to play longer innings in domestic cricket, but Tamim is an exception,” he said.
Bashar also talked about the patience Tamim showed on his way to becoming the second man in Bangladesh cricket after Raqibul Hasan (313*) to score a triple ton. Raqibul’s knock came in 2007..
“His [Tamim’s] patience in scoring 300 is the big thing here. What is important to me is the way he takes time and bats for those longer periods of time.”
Bashar hopes Tamim will be able to replicate such feats in international cricket as well, “If he continues batting in such way in international cricket, he would definitely end up scoring 200/250.”
Tamim’s highest score in Test cricket is 206, which he made against Pakistan back in 2015. Interestingly, Bangladesh’s next Test assignment is against the same opposition, commencing from February 7 in Rawalpindi.