A BATTING WITH BIMAL BREAKING REPORT: Iqbal calls for more Tests to be played

Iqbal believes Bangladesh would benefit from playing against stronger opposition

Bangladesh opening batsman, Tamim Iqbal, feels that the only way his county can improve their game in Test cricket is to play the longer format more often.

Bangladesh only have 42 Test matches on their schedule until 2020 and Iqbal believes that the extended period of gaps between Test matches are not helping Bangladesh’s cause to become better in the longer format of the game.

Speaking exclusively to ESPNcricinfo, Iqbal said: “The moment we start to do well in Test match cricket, we get a year’s break or a 14-month break. If we want to really improve in Test match cricket, we need to play the format a lot more. You see us playing ODI cricket for quite some time and quite regularly, and the performance is changing. The world is seeing that Bangladesh is coming up. It’s the same with Test cricket.”

Iqbal also stated that Bangladesh would benefit from more Test matches against stronger opposition, since it would give them more exposure of challenges of the format.

Bangladesh have had an extremely disappointing Test record since they qualified to become a Test nation in 2000-01, losing 63 out of the 73 Tests they played, while only winning three.

However, in the recent months, Bangladesh have had a good run of form in ODIs, especially in the Asia Cup, where they beat India and Sri Lanka to face Pakistan in the final, in which they narrowly lost by two runs.

“The more matches we’ll start to win, the better we’ll get. So, this (Asia Cup) was a great tournament for us because we chased in every single game and did very well. The boys will remember how we did it and take it forward,” Iqbal said.

Iqbal, who has scored 1748 Test runs and 3368 ODI runs, expressed his gratitude to his teammates when he returned back to the Bangladesh lineup during the Asia Cup, in which he scored four back-to-back half centuries, making him the first Bangladesh batsman to accomplish this milestone.

Iqbal is currently playing with the Pune Warriors in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), and his looking forward to improving his game by playing with veteran cricketers like former Indian Captain, Sourav Ganguly and current Australian Captain, Michael Clarke.

However, Iqbal’s calls for more Test matches may be answered, as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), have announced that India will host Bangladesh for a full tour later in the year.

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