Rahim explains selection of waning Tamim

Bangladesh

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim has defended Bangladesh's selection of the out-of-form Tamim Iqbal ahead of the talented Shamsur Rahman for the recently-concluded ODI series, which India won two-nil.

Captain Mushfiqur Rahim has defended Bangladesh's selection of the out-of-form Tamim Iqbal ahead of the talented Shamsur Rahman for the recently-concluded ODI series, which India won two-nil.

The veteran Iqbal managed a mere four runs in two innings – and earlier this year scored just 62 in six during the World Twenty20. Rahman, meanwhile, has not been afforded the chance to build on a promising October 2013 debut.

"Shamsur was here as a back-up opener. The team management felt that although Tamim couldn't perform according to his potential, he can be given another chance. He has been our main batsman in the last couple of years. He was a key player," said Rahim.

"It is based on what type of player you are looking to drop. If it is a proven player who has been there for four or five years, you have to see him playing for five, six or 10 games. To replace him you will need to develop someone for four to five years.

"We all have input in the selection, including the coach and the rest of the team management and of course the selectors. So far I haven't found anything wrong with the selections, but hopefully in future we will try to clarify our selections to you."

The 25-year-old Rahim quit the captaincy in the wake of a series loss to Zimbabwe last year. He later reversed the decision – and has since been at the helm of nine consecutive ODI defeats.

"I felt the decision at that time was a mistake. Those who feel for the team wouldn't make this sort of mistake again. But it is not in my hand, if those above me feel that there is someone better than me in the team and they tell me, then I wouldn't have a problem leaving the captaincy," he concluded.

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