While playing in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), Tamim Iqbal has communicated with Coach Shane Jurgensen via e-mail. He was startled by the news he received from Jurgensen, “We have to play in the qualification matches before the T20 World Cup 2014.” [Watch Video Clip: Roof Breaking Six by Tamim Iqbal]
Shakib Al Hasan had the same reaction when he heard the news from Tamim Iqbal yesterday at a show held by Pepsi. Despite the 2014 T-20 World Cup being held in Bangladesh, the Team might still not get the opportunity to participate in the most interesting part of the tournament.
The acting chief of BCB, Nizamuddin Chowdhury, explained, “The ICC Associated countries have to play the qualification matches in November at United Arab Emirates. The top six countries from this tournament will play with against the ninth and tenth positioned countries according to the October 2012 T-20 rankings, which is Bangladesh and Zimbabwe. The best two teams from this episode will play in the Super Ten or the second phase of World Cup with the top eight ranked Countries.”
Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will belong to two different groups in the first stage. Each group will also consist of 3 associated countries. The champions of the two groups will get their ticket to the Super Ten. This means if Bangladesh Team is not the group champion, they will be guests in the T-20 World Cup’s main event. It may be surprising that these changes of rules were not known earlier by BCB’s chief selector Akram Khan and many others. There was no obvious explanation for why they did not know about these rules. The news suddenly came to the cricketers, and they are somewhat distressed.
Tamim said, “We should have been informed earlier about it. Mental preparation is also needed for the World Cup. If the rules have to be like this, could we not play more T-20 matches in the last season as a practice for the World Cup?”