Captaincy Controversy involving Tamim

Published: February 10, 2014

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Tamim Iqbal ducked Tigers’ ‘secret’ training at the Zohur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium yesterday complaining a sore shoulder. However, the left-handed opener might have had more reasons to be upset about on the day he quit vice-captaincy.

Like a bolt from the blue yesterday morning, the news of Tamim Iqbal’s decision to resign as Bangladesh’s vice-captain hit the public forum. In a rather unusual manner, the left-hander’s decision was first made public through his fan page on a social media website.

The page quoted the player as saying that he wanted to focus on his batting and as a result wanted to be relieved of the responsibility. This was the same reason that Tamim told reporters, who had subsequently gotten in touch with him.
Akram Khan, who is the chairman of cricket operations, confirmed the submission of resignation which needs an approval from the board. BCB president Nazmul Hassan Papon upon his return last night said: “He has to play the T20 tournament and Asia Cup and he is a very important player. If making him the vice-captain of the side suddenly has put pressure on him it’s better to get him relieved.” It means Mushfiqur Rahim will get a new deputy soon.

While Tamim’s reasoning behind the decision — that he wants to put an extra effort on his batting and thereby come out of the lean patch — holds good, many however feel that the decision to name Mashrafe Bin Mortaza as captain for the T20 series, in place of the injured Mushfiqur, could have had influenced his decision; and there are several other reasons supporting the latter argument.
Mashrafe is a capable leader, who has earned the respects of his players, over the years and naming him as captain was no doubt a positive move. On the contrary some of Tamim’s decisions on the field during the second Test, when Mushfiqur was off, were criticized.

But the question here is not about who would be a better captain on the field. What the team management’s decision depicts is their lack of confidence in Tamim as a leader.

If that be the case, then why was he named vice-captain — that too right before this series — in the first place?
Tamim’s decision to step down could have been either an emotional outburst or like he officially put it, a wake-up call. Either way, if this were to happen to any other player, whereby the management eventually goes on to shrug him aside of his expected duties, it would only be natural for him to feel unwanted.

And with so many major events coming up, that is perhaps the last emotion that he’d want to go through at a time, when he is struggling to find his feet.

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