Tigers to shake off minnows mindset

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has called on his team to shake off the mindset of minnows and to eliminate any satisfaction they may have garnered from running England close in Chittagong.

Despite the words of the opening batsman Bangladesh are still buzzing from the way they played to push England all the way in the dramatic first Test.

Tamim said: “Everyone is saying that we played well but we have discussed as a team that we cannot be so happy with so little.

“We won’t be able to improve if we have that mentality. I know we were competitive but we should have won the game. We can take positives from the first Test, like we competed for five days. It would have been a different story had we won the game.

“I know our Test record isn’t great but we will try our best in every way to win the next game, which is a belief that is held by every cricketer who plays for Bangladesh. We will try to do our job properly from the first to last ball.”

The opener insisted that the Tiger’s have their eyes firmly fixed on the next Test and improving all areas of their game and not on what might have been.

Tamim added: “I think the less I talk about the last game, the better.

“It was a good Test match, but we lost in the end. Five years from now, it will read that we lost the game. We should stick to the processes and planning that we have. We are discussing more on what we can do with bat and ball, not on the wicket or the toss.

“It is not easy to return to cricket after 14 months but I think the players adapted very well. The batsmen moved from T20s to ODIs to Test cricket. We have a number of Tests in the next six months, so we want to use the rhythm from the Chittagong Test for the future.”

The left-hander believes Bangladesh need only to tighten up their game to beat England.

He added: “The wicket in Chittagong was in our favour but we still lost the game. We have to reduce our mistakes and bowl according to the wicket.

“Batting wasn’t easy on that wicket but we had our moments. I think we should have stretched those moments a bit. If the wicket remains the same in Dhaka, the batsman should score 20-25 runs more after they are settled.”

The second Test against England gets underway in Mirpur on October 28.