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Tamim defies 'grouping issue' in the national team



Photo: Tamim Iqbal, Cricfrenzy

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Tamim Iqbal, the captain of Bangladesh's ODI team, attempted to dismiss the Bangladesh Cricket Board president's allegations of grouping issue in the dressing room and his rift with Shakib Al Hasan during a press conference on Sunday.

In preparation for the three-match ODI series against the visiting England team, Tamim was speaking to reporters at a pre-series press conference in Mirpur.

The focus of the press conference was his relationship with Shakib and the team's culture in general. This was in response to Nazmul Hasan's interview the day before, in which the BCB boss claimed that there was a rift between the two senior players and that the environment in the locker room was unhealthy.

"Everything is fine....The atmosphere within the dressing room is very good, and that's not just for today but has been like this for long. You've seen the results. We have been doing good in ODIs for the last five years. When the dressing room is happy, results like these come. Everything is quite normal," when asked about it, Tamim said it.

The alleged animosity between Tamim and Shakib had been rumored around the cricketing community long before Nazmul's shocking revelations.

And many believe that over time, Bangladesh's performance in ODIs has suffered as a result. However, Tamim claimed that when they are on the field, they perform like professionals.

"I think the most important thing is when Shakib or I come to the field wearing the Bangladesh team jersey, I give my best and he gives his best. When I'm the captain, I seek for his advice and Shakib gives it, and the same happens when he is captaining. There is nothing beyond that," the 33-year-old cricketer said.

A closed-door meeting with Shakib and Tamim had taken place once and the latter was positive about mending things.

When Tamim was reminded of that encounter and asked if the Test and T20I skipper and he could repair their relationship, he said "Everything is possible. Whatever happened was between two individuals and very important members of the team. Whatever happened there should have stayed in the room."