Tamim: I don't see any reason to bat at no.4
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Bangladesh left-handed opening batter Tamim Iqbal tossed away the idea of playing lower in the batting order.
In response to a question from a journalist on Saturday, Bangladesh's batting coach Jamie Siddons stated that Tamim might be a "great" batter in four. However, the former captain Tamim strongly disagreed with the batting coach's statement.
"I don't know what was going on in the mind of the person who asked the question. I have no idea. But personally, I think it's a stupid question. I don't see any reason to bat at number four. I've been opening for 17 years and I'm doing well," said Tamim.
Earlier, Siddons said Tamim might play in the middle order, but they have to find another opening batter before Tamim go down the order.
“In most countries, the senior players do get the opportunity to bat down the order if they’ve opened for a long time. Tamim would love that, but we need to find another opening batter first. We can’t just push someone who is not performing in domestic cricket or hasn’t performed for our A-team or the Tigers,” said Siddons.
“So that’s the challenge for us, to find an opening batter if we allow Tamim to go down to four. I think he’ll be a fantastic number four,” he added.