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Judge my captaincy after 20 matches: Tamim

Bangladesh ODI captain Tamim Iqbal has opened up on his captaincy where he urged for time to judge his performance.   

Tamim was made the ODI captain after Mashrafe Bin Mortaza stepped down in March. The 31-year-old first captained Bangladesh in 2017, as a stand-in skipper in a Test match against New Zealand which Bangladesh lost. Last year he had led the Tigers in a three-match ODI tour to Sri Lanka  which Bangladesh got whitewashed.

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This is the first time the veteran has been appointed as a full-time captain. However, there has been a lot of discussions on his captaincy over the time. Tamim slammed all the critics while speaking to the media. 

“I haven’t played much matches to feel the pressure of captaincy. There has to be a competitive game at first. Captaincy pressure is just a made up thing by you guys. The day I received captaincy I said to judge my captaincy after six months or a year. You start talking about captaincy pressure after 2-3 matches,” Tamim said.

“A baby needs nine months to walk. You can’t judge if he/she cannot walk in one day. So judge the impact of captaincy on my game after at least 20 matches.  You cannot do that after 2-3 games.”

“I don’t feel any problem. I don’t think about it much. I have talked about it several times. I didn’t dream of leading my country when I was a kid. Now the opportunity has come and I will try to my fullest. Time will say the rest,” he added.

“If you say it’s not working out after one or two series, that is not good for anybody – for me, for the team, for the country. It’s the same for all – the next captain after me or the captains in other formats.” 

‘Talk less. Work more.’ – A proverb Tamim believes will help him in the run.

“You can be a leader at any time. You don’t need captaincy to be a leader. As a leader you have to work more than talking.”

Tamim’s first assignment is against West Indies in January-February when Bangladesh will be playing their first series in World Cup Super League.