Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal signs for Pune Warriors

Pune Warriors India have signed up Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal as a replacement for the injured James Hopes.

He becomes the second Bangladesh player who will be seen in IPL 5 after all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan.

Tamim is the Pune franchise’s second international signing this week after Australian captain Michael Clarke.

The flamboyant Bangladesh opening batsman is in prolific form, having scored four half-centuries in the recently concluded Asia Cup. As a result, he played major role in the hosts making it to the finals of that tournament.

“I can gain a lot of experience by playing with greats like Sourav Ganguly and Michael Clarke. I like to talk a lot about cricket so I think I am lucky to be playing with them and look forward to learning new things,” Tamim said.

“It will be an extra boost, so it is very important that I do well. More importantly, just like Shakib opened the door for me, I would want that with my inclusion in the IPL, it will let other players from my country to play in this competition.

“With the T20 World Cup coming up this year, it will be a big opportunity for me to perform in the format.”

Tamim’s Twenty20 form, however, is modest as is reflected in his numbers in the Bangladesh Premier League. He played two matches for the Chittagong Kings, scoring eight runs.

Pune Warriors have now filled in all their international spots, acquiring 11 overseas players.

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