Tamim Iqbal was the highest run-getter in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 © Getty Images
Tamim Iqbal was the highest run-getter in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 © Getty Images

Opener Tamim Iqbal has expressed his disappointment about the lack of game time for Bangladesh on the international arena, and urged other nations to play against them. Bangladesh’s last piece of action was the ICC T20 World Cup 2016 in March, where they finished bottom of their group. And after a gap of six months, they will be seen hosting England for two Tests and three One Day Internationals (ODI) in the month of October. The Bangladeshi team had a fruitful 2015, where they reached the quarter-finals of ICC World Cup 2015, as well as beating Pakistan, India, South Africa and Zimbabwe at home in the ODIs. Their good form saw them climb up to No.7 in ICC’s ODI rankings. ALSO READ: England in Bangladesh 2016: Schedule announced for 2 Tests and 3 ODIs in October

Tamim, the leading run-scorer in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016, spoke about his disappointment of not playing games on regular basis. He was quoted by ESPNcricinfo saying, “After such a great season, we are not playing for six months. It would definitely hamper us. People should be more interested in playing against us but instead we are sitting on the sidelines. We don’t know how we are going to play after six months. There’s no team in the world apart from Zimbabwe who sit out for so long between matches.”

He also pointed out Bangladesh’s recent run of results to make a strong case. “Sitting for six months is not doing justice to anything. I could have understood if we played like we did five years ago when our result was predictable, but after performing so well they still don’t want to play us, I don’t know.”

The Bangladeshi opener finished off by hinting his side may suffer by not playing for so long. “Take any top team and tell them to sit for six months. You will see how they perform after sitting for eight months. They won’t play the way they were playing.”