"Everyone is saying that we played well but we have discussed as a team that we cannot be so happy with so little," said Tamim Iqbal    Getty Images
“Everyone is saying that we played well but we have discussed as a team that we cannot be so happy with so little,” said Tamim Iqbal Getty Images

Following the 22-run loss to visitors England in the first of the two-Test series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chittagong, on Monday, hosts Bangladesh‘s opening batsman Tamim Iqbal on Wednesday stated that Bangladesh cannot afford to be satisfied that they were competitive, as they get set to prepare for a win in the second Test at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Dhaka from Friday. The team underwent a proper training session on Wednesday, amidst the talking of Bangladesh’s loss in the opening Test to the visitors. A win for Bangladesh in the second Test would tie the series 1-1. FULL Cricket Scorecard: Bangladesh vs England 1st Test at Chittagong

“Everyone is saying that we played well but we have discussed as a team that we cannot be so happy with so little. We won’t be able to improve if we have that mentality. I know we were competitive but we should have won the game. We can take positives from the first Test, like we competed for five days. It would have been a different story had we won the game. I know our Test record isn’t great but we will try our best in every way to win the next game, which is a belief that is held by every cricketer who plays for Bangladesh. We will try to do our job properly from the first to last ball,” said Tamim, espncricinfo.com. Rahim proud of Bangladesh’s fight against England

“I think the less I talk about the last game, the better. It was a good Test match, but we lost in the end. Five years from now, it will read that we lost the game. We should stick to the processes and planning that we have. We are discussing more on what we can do with bat and ball, not on the wicket or the toss. It is not easy to return to cricket after 14 months but I think the players adapted very well. The batsmen moved from T20s to ODIs to Test cricket. We have a number of Tests in the next six months, so we want to use the rhythm from the Chittagong Test for the future,” he added.

“Batting wasn’t easy on that wicket but we had our moments. I think we should have stretched those moments a bit. If the wicket remains the same in Dhaka, the batsman should score 20-25 runs more after they are settled,” he concluded.