Tamim Iqbal has scored 326 runs in eight matches in the Dhaka Premier League  this season © AFP
Tamim Iqbal has scored 326 runs in eight matches in the Dhaka Premier League this season © AFP

Left-handed opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has knocked past 6,000 List A runs in the Dhaka Premier League. The Abahani skipper reached the landmark on his way to 55 against Gazi Group Cricketers at BKSP-3 on Tuesday, reports bdnews24.com. Asked to bat first, Tamim opened the innings 38 runs shy of the milestone. He hit Saeed Anwar Junior for back-to-back boundaries in the 18th over to become the first Bangladeshi to sign into the 6,000-run club – in 187 List A innings that included eight centuries and 41 fifties. Tamim has 4,713 runs in One-Days; 4,899 in the national team List As including warm-ups. ALSO READ: Tamim Iqbal looking to learn art of captaincy from Mashrafe Mortaza

The 27-year-old has notched 326 runs in eight matches in the league this year. His national teammate Mushfiqur Rahim, the captain of Mohammedan Sporting Club, also had the opportunity to reach the milestone on Tuesday. But the Test skipper, who needed 97 runs to join Tamim, got out for a duck against Prime Bank in Mirpur.

Ace all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has 5,276 runs in List A cricket.

Meanwhile, Tamim had said before the beginning of the competition that wanted to learn the art of captaincy from Mashrafe Mortaza. “Actually I’m not yet used to the leadership role. I still have a lot to learn. I haven’t done much captaincy, just some in recent tournaments”, he said.

“I think it is similar to batting, the more I will lead, the better I will get. But it would be best if I could learn from [Mashrafe]. When I play for the national team, I act as a very good supporting hand with lots of ideas. But donning the leadership role is a completely different thing. I will try to learn from him in tomorrow’s match”, Tamim said before the first match of the Dhaka Premier League.