Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal hopes that the two-month break that the national side enjoyed after their disastrous World T20 campaign can help the Tigers regain confidence.
The national team, which began its camp for the three-match ODI series against India in June at Mirpur yesterday, went through a series of fitness tests under their physio Vibhav Singh and assistant coach Sarwar Imran.
Speaking to reporters Tamim said, “As a team we were not at our best in the last few tournaments. I think we needed this break. Hopefully we can regroup and do well against India.
“I am working hard with regards to my own form. There are ups and downs in cricket and the only way one can come out of a rough patch is by working hard. I have been working on my batting and practising a lot; giving my hundred percent. Hopefully I can put up an improved performance,” said Tamim.
Newly appointed assistant coach Imran echoed Tamim's sentiments and stressed on the need to instil confidence among the players.
“Six months ago we had the attitude that we could beat anyone. But we moved away from that in the last two series. So our main aim will be to rebuild our self-belief,
“Tamim was not getting the runs at the top. Neither were our finishers Nasir and Riyad in good touch. So I believe if a few of them regain form it will be good for our team,” said Imran.
“If we can motivate the players and remind them of the manner in which they beat India recently, I believe it won't take them much time to come to form. I believe that the likes of Tamim and the other players can make comebacks,” he added.
India are likely to rest both their captain Mahindra Singh Dhoni and their in-form batsman Virat Kohli for the three-match ODI series. Both Imran and Tamim however stated that the players' possible omission would have no effect on the Tigers' preparations.
“There's no shortage of good players in India and I don't think it will be an advantage for us if the likes of Dhoni and Kohli don't come. Yes, they are world-class players but it will be a tough contest regardless,” said Imran.
Tamim believed that there was no room for relaxation. “If players like Dhoni and Kohli don't come it will definitely be better for us. But that does not mean we should be relaxed. We have to play our best cricket in order to beat India,” said the left-hander.