Tamim is pleased with his fitness and present form

Bangladesh One Day International cricket captain Tamim Iqbal believed his fitness and present cricket form is at good stead despite being confined to the room for almost five months due to the COVID-19, a dangerous virus that left the world stranded.

Tamim, who began his individual training at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket on Sunday, arranged by the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) assumed he would feel rust as he was not in just cricketing activities apart from doing some gym work at home comfort.

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“I actually started practicing after a long time, after about four/five months,” he stated here today.

“Surprisingly I didn’t get as bad as I thought it would be in terms of batting. My batting remains at pretty good stead. In terms of fitness, I am fairly good also. There is a vast difference between activities in the treadmill and the activities under sunlight in open ground,” the highest run-getter for Bangladesh in all formats of cricket added.

“So it may take another week to adjust. The way I am doing everything according to the rules seems very positive to me. I hope I will continue like this. Since we know when our game will start, we are preparing ourselves for the best.”

BCB has taken several steps to assure that the mental health of cricketers continues in a good position during the COVID-19 period.

They have taken the action to arrange regular conferences with players and coaching staff and the cricketers regularly attend virtual meetings with other coaches, including national team head coach Russell Domingo. Legendary South African batsman Gary Carsten lately attended the virtual meeting to share some tips.

Tamim also said they have got enough fuel to stay mentally strong even during the pandemic time. “But even then, being confined into the room was not easy at all,” he said.

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