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Tamim has had chats with the Bangladesh captain

Tamim has had chats with the Bangladesh captain © Getty

Bangladesh skipper Najmul Hossain said on Tuesday that experienced opener Tamim Iqbal requested some time to make up his mind regarding making a national comeback. Najmul sat with Tamim on April 15 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium to talk about his international future.

Tamim, who retired from T20Is, is currently available for the other two formats.

“We just chatted and spoke about cricket. Where he [Tamim] is at present and what we [team management] and me as a captain is thinking, we spoke about these things. It is difficult to say clearly at the moment because it is a matter of time and he asked for some time and probably will think about it. Let the DPL end and I have to think about it as well,” Najmul told reporters during a private program on Monday when his attention was drawn to his meeting with the experienced left-handed batsman.

“Though he retired from T20 naturally I would like if he is fit we would be happy if he returns to any format and what I feel it is not only me but all the people of the country as well as the cricketers will be happy. This is a wish and our desire but most importantly he needs to have the desire and later the process will start [of his return] but what is my wish and demand as a captain we discussed about it a bit as well,” he said.

Najmul said that he is not very keen to make a big statement before going to the ICC T20 World Cup while adding that he would prefer if the expectation is not that high.

“Every year I see before the World Cup there are lots of talks like our goal and we want to do this and that. I am requesting you, we don’t need to have expectations. Let it remain in our heart. You all know what Bangladesh wants to achieve while we know how far we want to take the team and everyone wants to do something big but when there is lot of hue and cry about it I don’t like it and basically we don’t need it. When there will be a result it will come in the daylight,” said Najmul.

“All I can say that those who will be playing in the team will give 120 percent and I can guarantee that and we will go for a win. Every year when we play, we play with lot of hope but there is no need to have all those hopes and goals from the very early stage,” he said.

Najmul added that Mustafizur Rahman does not lack commitment for national team after questions were raised recently suggesting that the left-arm pacer keeps his best for IPL.

The left-armer has made a flying start to his CSK stint, picking 10 wickets in 5 matches though in the recent past his place in the national playing XI came under scrutiny for failing to deliver as per expectation.

“What I want to say when Mustafizur plays for the national team his desire is much bigger because he is playing a foreign league( IPL) and certainly he have commitment for his team and he is showing that,” said Najmul.

“When he plays for Bangladesh he thinks about every ball and sees how it can help the team. Lot of people are saying this but I want to say clearly that I have seen him closely in couple of games as I was the captain and he gives a lot of importance to every ball and there is no lack of commitment like he is playing in relaxed mode in Bangladesh team,” he concluded.

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