“We all want to return to the field but…” – Tamim Iqbal
Due to COVID-19 Pandemic around the world, cricket in the pitch has come to a standstill. Despite the rollout of international cricket with the series between England and West Indies, but it has not yet been possible to decide when domestic cricket in Bangladesh will begin. Hence, there is no way but to wait, feels Bangladesh skipper Tamim Iqbal.
It has been almost four months since Tamim Iqbal was elected as the new captain of the Bangladesh ODI team. But the captain did not get a chance to toss yet. The reason is well known, the virus is spreading all over the world. In this situation, the cricketers of Bangladesh national team are attending the online session. However, Tamim said it was difficult to announce the Tigers’ next plan now.
“It is difficult to say what Bangladesh’s plan now. Because in this situation all the series are going to be postponed. I think maybe we can start again after Eid if the situation is good.The BCB will talk to experienced people; Whenever I start, I will start completely.” Tamim said while talking with BDCrictime.
“Look, the World Cup has not been decided yet.The Asia Cup has been postponed. Two of our home series have been postponed. Now we just have to wait. This is not just the situation in Bangladesh. You see, the situation is the same in India. Their series also had to be postponed. But we are cricketers, we all want to return to the field. Of course safety is very important. We will return to the field only after our authorities fully ensure security” Tamim added.
Talking about domestic cricket, Tamim again highlighted the earning crisis of cricketers. He reminded that there are many cricketers whose entire earnings depend on domestic tournaments including Dhaka Premier Division League (DPL). They have to sit idle now as this tournament is closed. Tamim also said that it is not easy to organize the tournament in an alternative way.
“We have a tournament with 12 teams in the Premier League. There is a lot to think about here. The full year earnings of our domestic cricketers come through this Premier League. If it is not for some reason then the cricketers will be in danger. We recently had a meeting to discuss how to get started safely. Maybe a complete lockdown in Cox’s Bazar or BKSP, quarantine can be started. I’m just sitting here and saying it’s easy, but it’s not that easy” Tamim said.