Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal aiming for success at CWC19
Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal is approaching the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 with the sole mindset of winning the tournament.
Tamim, Bangladesh’s leading run-scorer in ODIs, will be playing in his fourth World Cup in 2019, and it’s one he is going into with the hope of lifting the trophy at Lord’s on 14 July 2019.
“When I come to play I will always want us to win,” said Iqbal. “I can’t come here with the mindset of not winning the trophy. We can just give our best and let’s see where we end up.
“There’s some serious teams. England I think are one of the favourites, India definitely one of the favourites and you never know with the surprising teams. In 1996, no one knew Sri Lanka would win the World Cup, so you never know with any of the teams – Bangladesh might win.”
Bangladesh impressed at last year’s ICC Champions Trophy 2017, where they reached the semi-final stage. Unsurprisingly, they received outstanding support from their fans across the UK. The thought of playing at in England and Wales again next year is one which excites Tamim.
“I’m looking forward to it, it’s probably the biggest event in cricket,” he said. “We had a very good Champions Trophy last year, and as a team and individuals we’re really looking forward to it.
“Playing in England is always special, I call it a ‘home away from home’ because a lot of Bangladeshis are here. We get a lot of support, in the last Champions Trophy when we were playing against England we had more supporters than England!
“It really excites me whenever I get the opportunity to play in England, I’m really looking forward to it.”
Tamim isn’t overawed by the expectation added with Bangladesh’s big following in the UK, as he hopes to give them something to cheer about next summer.
“Pressure is always there, whether you’re playing home or away," he added. "You just need to play well.
“It’s a different format this time around; it’s a league stage where it used to be a group stage before. It’s a challenging format for us because we need to win 5-6 games to qualify for the semis.
“I think we are getting ready for this challenge. I think the series we have left we need to play well to get the confidence we need for the World Cup.”