Bangladesh cricketer Tamim Iqbal on Tuesday backed team’s new Twenty20 policy as the home side completely revamped their squad for the forthcoming two Twenty20 internationals against Sri Lanka.
Selectors included as many as five uncapped players in wicketkeeper-batsman Zakir Hasan, pace bowler Abu Jayed and all-rounders Ariful Haque, Mahedi Hasan and Afif Hossain in their initial squad for the series.
The number of uncapped players reached six on Tuesday with the inclusion of left-arm spinner Nazmul Islam, who came into the side as a replacement of injured all-rounder Sakib al Hasan.
Tamim said Bangladesh is needed some young players to groom up for future and this series has provided them with the right opportunity.
‘If you look at the schedule you may see that we are going to play a good number of T20s in next six months or one year,’ Tamim told reporters in Mirpur.
‘Probably we will play more Twenty20 than ODIs. We will play two T20s here and five in Sri Lanka [in March] and then maybe two or three more in West Indies.
‘So I think this is the perfect time to find what kind of balance or plan we will choose to go further. If we get ready from here in a little time it will be helpful for us. Because there will be World Cup in 2020.
According to proposed Future Tour of Programme of the International Cricket Council Bangladesh will play at least 42 Twenty20 internationals during the 2019-2023 period, which is slightly fewer than 45 ODIs allotted for them during the same period.
Tamim, the only player from Bangladesh to score a century in Twenty20 format, said most of the newcomers deserved their places in the squad.
‘Let me mention some names, especially Rahi [Abu Jayed], I think he well deserves, because for last two years he has been the top-performed bowler in BPL [Bangladesh Premier League],’ said Tamim.
‘Ariful had been performing in BPL for last two or three years. And we always talk about you need someone who can finish the game, who can hit big, he is very capable, I think he is well deserved too.
‘About others, one of them [Mahedi Hasan] played with me, and I think he has a very big heart. But still, nobody should judge them after watching them for two or three matches.
‘I will expect him to make his position in the team from the first match and if he doesn’t, then we need to give them the time. A good player is not guaranteed to play well in his first two or three matches.
‘I am sure that whoever selected them they looked at their capability and skill which could be essential for International T20. So I will expect that they will get the long run,’ he said.
Bangladesh will start two-match series with the first in Dhaka on Thursday.
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