BANGLADESH TOUR OF ZIMBABWE, 2022
Tamim is having a good run as the ODI captain, having won five series on the trot before coming to Zimbabwe © Getty
At a time when the cricket calendar is rife with T20 tournaments and there’s a growing concern over the viability and significance of ODIs, the format has received support from none other than Tamim Iqbal.
The Bangladesh ODI captain called the format “very important” and echoed the same sentiment that was endorsed by the ICC recently regarding the future of 50-over cricket.
”I think the ODIs are a very important format. Not only me but the ICC also said it. Everyone likes to see matches in this format,” said Tamim.
”If you see the big tournaments of the ICC, then the T20 World Cup is not as big as the ODI World Cup. This is a very important format in cricket.”
Bangladesh are currently occupying the second place in the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League standings, with 120 points from 18 matches and are very close to confirming their direct qualification into the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.
However, the upcoming ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe is not part of ICC Super League.
Ahead of the three-match series, which comes close on the heels of their T20I series defeat to the same side, Tamim has urged his team to not take Zimbabwe lightly and “rectify heir mistakes”.
”If we consider the strength of the two teams, we are ahead but in cricket the team that will perform on the particular day wins the game. Zimbabwe won in the T20Is against us because they played better than us. It remains the same here as well and if we want to beat them, we have to play our best cricket. In their own conditions, they are a very dangerous side,” Tamim told reporters at Harare on Thursday.
”We have to rectify our mistakes while do the thing that we did right so far. The main thing is that we have to maintain our process so that we can do well even in tough conditions,” he said.
Tamim is having a good run as a leader, having won five series on the trot before coming to Zimbabwe. Tamim’s winning streak as captain began last year when Bangladesh defeated Sri Lanka in their own backyard. He then guided his team to victory against Zimbabwe, South Africa and West Indies in their respective backyards over the last one year along with beating Afghanistan at home.
However, Tamim is not ready to take anything for granted.