Tamim Iqbal is captain who has been vocal about his side’s poor performances. After Bangladesh’s dismal performance in the first ODI against the Kiwis, Tamim urged his batsman to step up and gave a brutal assessment of his side’s poor performance. Now, losing the ODI series, 3-0 to New Zealand, Tamim Iqbal stated that his team was not good enough against a rampant Kiwi side that continued their domination at home.
Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell score magnificent tons as they helped the hosts complete a series whitewash. Bangladesh were bundled out for a score of 154 runs as James Neesham took a five-wicket haul, whereas, Matt Henry had four scalps to his name.
“I thought the first and the last game, we were nowhere close to them (New Zealand),” the captain said after the game. “I thought they played exceptionally well. We are a much better team but if we continue to play like this, we are going nowhere. We understand that it is a different condition than back home, but we have to improve a lot to compete with them,” said Tamim Iqbal.
“If you take out the second game, we never looked to be competing with them, which is very disappointing. I said before the series that I had high hopes. I thought we definitely had a chance. We did get a chance in the second game but overall, it was a disappointing series for us. We didn’t play well,” he added.
Tamim has urged his players to step up and improve their performances in order to address Bangladesh’s poor performance away from home. He added that he wants his side to win matches, rather than just focusing on improvements.
“You can have the best coaches in the world, but the players need to understand what to do and what not to do,” he said. “We are not consistent in overseas conditions as a team and as individual players. We have to find a way to fix it.”
“I personally didn’t come to New Zealand for improvement. We came to win games. This is no longer just a bilateral series. This is a points-based system. You win, you get points and makes your life easier for qualification,” concluded Tamim Iqbal.