WEST INDIES BANGLADESH TOUR 2022
Naturally, our target is the 2023 World Cup and there’s no doubt about that: Tamim © AFP
Bangladeshi ODI skipper Tamim Iqbal has said he has an idea of how his side are preparing for next year’s 50+ World Cup. Bangladesh swept the West Indies in the ODI series and appear to have a pattern of success in the format, having secured victory in the Caribbean despite missing three key players in Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim and Yasir Ali.
“Naturally our target is the 2023 World Cup and there’s no doubt about that and we’re in that process (of building the squad for the tournament) but to be honest I don’t want to look too far because you don’t know. never what will happen and things like that to know who is injured and who is there in the team and who is not,” he said.
“But I can say I have a bit of an idea of the type of combination I will play if one or two key players are missing due to injury. I won’t say my team is fully ready and all those things but we’re having ideas for sure,” added Tamim, who has now won five ODI series as captain.
Tamim offered a cautionary note amid optimism, saying his team had many areas for improvement and would not be drawn into valuing the series win too much given the rotating nature of wickets.
“I don’t want to rate this streak very high. We won the streak but I’m not too excited about it because there’s too much help for spinners in that wicket and that’s why this n It’s not like we won the world. When we play in better wickets, we have to be better to win the games. I know the wicket was hard but not unplayable. If we could chase those runs by seven by eight wickets , we could have said there was some improvement,” says Tamim.
“There was a time when it looked like games could go one way or another and those are the little things we have to look at. When you’re playing to better wickets and against better opposition, you never know and you might There are a lot of areas for improvement in both batting and bowling and just because we’re winning doesn’t mean all the problems aren’t fixed.
“We have problems and I’m surely slow, we tick all the boxes. When a team wins, the moment people tend to hide the weak points, but I don’t think that way because when you win, it’s “It’s a good time to identify that we have problems in these areas. I’m trying and hopefully it will be good in the future,” he said.
Meanwhile, Tamim has revealed he has backed out of making wholesale changes to the squad as originally reported for the third ODI at the insistence of the management.
“When I spoke with the management (about the bench strength test), they felt that we had to go with full force and we did. We were supposed to make a change because we knew that we would play in the same wicket again and so we decided to play Taijul instead of a pace setter. But I had a wish (to see the strength of the bench) as I said more early but I am convinced of what the management said because I felt that when the team is doing well, you have to end it as well.
“I think in the future we have to see the strength of the bench or how can I understand that Taijul or Mossadek have these qualities. We have to see the strength of the bench and maybe we won’t change five players at the same time, but if we can do it with one or two players, that’s better and that’s how you have to move forward. The best teams in ODIs do it like that and when they win the series they change team. It probably takes a bit more courage to do it because we’ve never done it before and we have to understand that there’s confusion, but I’m sure in the future you’ll see that people will have a lot more chances,” he said.