Domingo defends sluggish Tamim

Staff Correspondent | Published: 22:19, Jan 25,2020


Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal plays a shot during their second T20 international against Pakistan at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore on Saturday. — AFP photo

Bangladesh head coach Russell Domingo on Saturday said that he was satisfied with opener Tamim Iqbal’s playing approach in the first two Twenty20 internationals against Pakistan despite his sluggish batting.

‘I was my first tour with Tamim. I think he has played well in both the innings and showed improvements he can make in his game,’ Domingo told reporters in Lahore after Bangladesh conceded a nine-wicket defeat to Pakistan.

‘In the first game, we were 68-0 in first 10 overs which I think was okay. Today we just kept losing wickets at the wrong time, lost a wicket in the second over then fourth over and then eighth over.

‘It was difficult for him to open up his game because the batters he was batting with was also going run-a-ball. There is work to be done with all of us and we all have things for improvement,’ he added.

Despite being the top run-getter for Bangladesh so far in the series, Tamim’s cautious batting approach raised many eyebrows as Bangladesh failed to get off to rollicking start in both the matches.

Tamim struck 39 off 34 balls in the opening match of the series on Friday and put a 71-run stand with fellow Mohammad Naim but he conceded as many as 13 dot balls in the innings.

The southpaw improved his game much in the second match and struck highest 65 off 53 balls, where he played on 15 dot balls, but it was apparently due to his efforts Bangladesh could make 136-6 at the end.

Domingo rued the lack of experience and skill in his side, which he termed as the big difference between the two sides in the current series.

‘Like in our batting order today, Naim [Mohammad] is playing his fifth T20 internationals, Afif might have played ninth or tenth and Mahedi, who batted at three this was his second. So it was a very inexperienced batting line-up,’ said Domingo.

‘We are probably missing three first-choice players. I think of Saifuddin [Mohammad], with the new ball and batting at number eight. I think of Sakib [al Hasan] not here, Mushfiqur [Rahim] not here but it was a great opportunity for the younger players.

‘If you had those guys playing, you might not earth the player like that. Although the result was not great, it was a great learning for all of us and especially those young players. They still need to go like Babar Azam, Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez,’ he added.

Domingo revealed that they would try their bench-strength in the final game on Monday so that they could get an idea of remaining players.

‘Now I want to give everybody opportunity. We are 2-0 down in the series and there are three boys who haven’t played, will definitely come and have a game in the last game so we can look a few more options,’ said Domingo.

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