Rest whenever someone needs it

Says Tamim on workload management


Senior Bangladesh batsman Tamim Iqbal feels that player rotation and workload management will be paramount during the Ireland tri-series, as the side prepares for the upcoming World Cup in England. The southpaw stressed on the importance of staying fresh with regards to the showpiece event that kickstarts on May 30, Cricbuzz reports.

"The key will be to rest people whenever someone needs that [in Ireland]," Tamim said while speaking to reporters.

"We all know that we cannot afford to rest in the World Cup. In Ireland, we will be playing five matches and if we opt to change after a game or two, I think it will be fine."

The tri-series, that begins on May 5, features West Indies as the third side, comprising of a round-robin format of two rounds with the final on May 17. It means that Bangladesh will have a really busy schedule till the end of the World Cup but Tamim chose to look at the brighter side of things.

"There is only one negative [with the tri-series] and it is that we will be playing 13 to 14 matches in one-and-a-half months but apart from that, I don't see anything else because we don't get the chance to play in those conditions often."

Traditionally habituated to playing on slow and turning surfaces back home, a large part of Bangladesh's chances in the World Cup will depend on how quickly they adapt to the conditions in England. With the surfaces in Ireland not too different, Tamim hopes that his side makes full use of the preparatory tri-series.

"I think the conditions will be a big challenge because we are not used to playing in Ireland often," said the opener.

"The last time we played, the wickets were difficult, so I think the preparation and the practice games are very important. How we start the tournament is also very important as there is an in-form West Indies unit too."

With the surfaces in England for limited-overs matches having flattened out considerably over the years, the World Cup may well be about the teams who are able to set or chase down big scores and this is an area where Bangladesh are lacking, as admitted by Tamim himself.

"Look we are not used to chasing 340 or 350 runs. If you look at our history, we don't chase many totals [over 300 runs] and one of the biggest reasons behind it, is that we don't play on such surfaces that produce high totals. So, I am hoping that we can execute our plans properly in order to achieve those totals."

While their overall ODI record in England isn't great, Bangladesh have been steadily progressing in ICC tournaments, having made it to the quarterfinals of the 2015 World Cup and going a step further in the 2017 Champions Trophy. They will hope to match those expectations in England later this year too.