Published:  01:25 AM, 10 July 2019

Sujon defends Tamim Iqbal despite World Cup failure

BCB confirms discontinuation of Walsh, Chandramohan service

Sujon defends Tamim Iqbal despite World Cup failure Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud Sujon talking with the media on Tuesday at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur. -AA

Facing the ire of critics and fans alike, Bangladesh's dashing opener Tamim Iqbal found an ally in Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud Sujon, who firmly believes that opener Tamim is still one of our best batsman of Bangladesh team despite his disappointing performance at the World Cup.

His magnificent world cup in 2015 still quite fresh in memory, Tamim was one of Bangladesh's high hopes for this World Cup. Being one of Bangladesh's most important batsmen and has become a regular opener for the team, Tamim was expected to make his fourth World Cup a memorable affair. But the 30-year-old southpaw failed to deliver as per the expectations and finished with only half-century in eight outings in the tournament.

Despite this, Sujon defended the 30-year-old, who has been criticised for his failure to have an impact throughout the tournament. "Tamim can't play as per his reputation but we can't say he played that badly. There was huge expectation on him, considering his form before the World Cup but he simply can't live up to the expectation," Khaled Mahmud Sujon told reporters on Tuesday.

"He made a good start, but it was unfortunate that sometimes he got dismissed by getting some good balls and sometimes he was out in a delivery which should have been dispatched. That is pure bad luck." He added.

Much of Bangladesh's success can be credited to Tamim aggressive ways of batting and his pure skill and talent with the bat. Tamim just accumulated 286 runs in eight matches. His only fifty came against Australia. Even after scoring 30 plus scores several times, Tamim was criticised for not having carried on after doing all the hard work. "He is the player who we can believe that will get back in form within short possible time. We just need to have patience on him," Sujon said.

When Bangladesh's most of the senior cricketers requested BCB to give them a break from the cricket, Tamim chose to recover his poor form as he returned to the practice session on Tuesday at the Academy ground of Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium. With Bangladesh is all set to tour to Sri Lanka in late July for a three-match ODI series Tamim vowed to put his recent world cup heartache behind him, aiming to make fresh start.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) confirmed on Tuesday that they will not extend the contract with fast bowling Coach Courtney Walsh and physio Thihan Chandramohan just a day after axing the contract with head coach Steve Rhodes.

Walsh and Chandramohan's tenure came to an end following the conclusion of our World Cup but BCB confirmed they will discontinue Walsh and Chandramohan service for Bangladesh team. But BCB is yet to decide the other coaching stuffs like batting consultant Neil McKenzie, fielding coach Ryan Kook and spin bowling consultant Sunil Joshi. BCB Nizamuddin Chowdhury said they are in talk to decide about other Coaches.

"You (media) have already been informed that we are not renewing the contract of our head coach Steve Rhodes. The separation was done on mutual consent. Apart from them we are also not renewing the contract with Walsh and physio Chandramohan after their tenure came to an end following the conclusion of our World Cup," BCB CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury said.

"We are now in discussion with our existing coach to renew the contract. But they would have to be interested about the job. So we can't say right now who will be with us and who won't be. We have a meeting coming in this month after which we'll take the final decision," He added.

Earlier, Steve Rhodes' time as Bangladesh head coach came to an end on Monday following the team's eighth-place finish at the World Cup. Rhodes was on a two year contract with the Bangladesh Cricket Board, having taken charge in July 2018, and was supposed to be in the role till the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2020. However, following the team's campaign in England and Wales, the agreement has been terminated by mutual consent.

BCB is now looking for a new coach who will take charge of the national team for a longer period. Bangladesh team manager Khaled Mahmud is a strong candidate for the interim coach.

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