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Going through nine Tests without a cen-
tury can t be labelled a crisis, but the wait
for Tamim Iqbal has been for more than
The dry period hasn t affected his position
in the team, but neither is it befitting for an
opener of such high regard.
Bangladesh s opponents would always con-
sider him among the three or four players
who could be trouble.
Tamim has been Bangladesh s mainstay in
the top order, and his aggression has always
threatened good bowling attacks.
His approach has remained almost the same
over the last six years since his Test debut.
The repertoire has widened, as he has
worked extensively to curb out flaws and look
for more scoring areas.
After his initial burst in the 2007 World
Cup, Tamim had to rebuild his game on the
leg side with Jamie Siddons, the former
This development in his game was consid-
ered as a factor that set him apart from any
opener who has played for Bangladesh.
He reeled off seven centuries in the three
seasons after March 2008, but it all stopped
in June 2010.
Interestingly, during his dry period, six of
his team-mates have scored one century each.
It helps the rest of the batting line-up if he
scores big, particularly for the Bangladesh team
that craves for a good start from the openers.
Before Tamim, Bangladesh had to be content
with defensive openers, many of whom strug-
gled against good pace.
Earlier this year he did score an ODI hundred
against Sri Lanka, breaking his long-standing
drought in all formats. It was an innings which
released the pressure at the time, but still, the
drought in Test cricket is gnawing at him.
"Of course the target in this series will be
to score a hundred," Tamim said.
"I haven t scored one in eight or nine Tests.
I did score an ODI hundred against Sri Lanka.
But I would like to bring back that aspect of
"Some of my colleagues have been scoring
hundreds too. Mushfiqur [Rahim] got a dou-
ble-hundred, Ashraful bhai scored 190. Nasir
[Hossain] scored a hundred."
He had similarly looked forward to a hundred
a year ago ahead of last season s home series
against West Indies. He had vowed that he
would be disciplined in his batting, but in his
first innings in the series, Tamim attempted
a forehand smash to a wide delivery from
Darren Sammy, which ended up softly in mid-
on s hands. He was on 72, and a hundred was
for the taking.
He also got out poorly against West Indies
in the 2011-12 series, when he top-edged a
slog-sweep in Chittagong to get out on 52.
He had looked calm in his approach till that
point, having played one of his slowest knocks.
In the Mirpur Test, he got out on 83 in the
second over of the fifth day, one that was vital
to Bangladesh s survival in the series.
He under-edged an expansive cover drive
from Devendra Bishoo, only to be caught
Since June 2010, Tamim has averaged 31.38
in 18 innings with just four half-centuries,
but the New Zealand series has encouraged
Tamim to think positively. (ESPNcricinfo)
The Supreme Court has suggested
the formation of a new three-member
panel to inquire into the corruption
allegations in IPL 2013, and said that
N Srinivasan should continue to
abstain from discharging his duties as
The hearing to decide on the com-
position of the inquiry panel is sched-
uled for today, but it was reported the
court had recommended that former
High Court judge Mukul Mudgal head
it.A bench of Justices AK Patnaik and
JS Kehar also proposed the names of
senior advocate and additional solicitor
general N Nageshwar Rao and Assam
Cricket Association member Nilay Dutta
to be part of the panel.
The bench said that the panel would
conduct an independent inquiry into
the allegations and submit its report to
the Supreme Court.
Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB)
secretary Aditya Verma, who had filed
the petition against the BCCI and Srini-
vasan, said he would request that the
Supreme Court monitor the working
of the inquiry panel.
"We will be satisfied if this probe
panel investigation is conducted directly
under the supervision of the honourable
Supreme Court," he said.
The court also heard yesterday a plea
from the BCCI to allow Srinivasan to
resume functioning as president because
it said his absence was affecting cricket
The court said it would consider the
request if Srinivasan stayed away from
all matters concerning the IPL.
Srinivasan had been allowed to con-
test the BCCI elections on September
29 by the Supreme Court, but with a
rider which said that if he won, he could
not take charge as president as long as
it was hearing the case related to him
and the board.
That ruling came on a petition filed
by the CAB seeking to restrain Srini-
vasan from running for re-election
pending the verdict on a petition filed
A day after Srinivasan was re-elected
unopposed as BCCI president, the
Supreme Court deferred its decision on
the CAB petition until October 7.
The matter dates back to a plea that
the CAB filed in June, raising charges
of conflict of interest in the formation
of the two-member inquiry panel set
up to inquire allegations of corruption
in the IPL.
A Bombay High Court ruling later
termed the probe panel "illegal."
The BCCI and the CAB filed petitions
in the Supreme Court against this order,
with the CAB contending that the Bom-
bay High Court could have suggested
a fresh mechanism to look into the cor-
When Allan Donald was last in the UAE,
Dubai did not have a single building in the
top 50 skyscrapers in the world. It also did
not have a metro service, nor did it host
international cricket. In 1996, Sharjah was
where it all happened.
Donald was a member of the touring squad
that played in the Pepsi Cup that year. He
was not included in the starting XI for any
of the matches so it s hardly a surprise he
does not seem to remember much about the
place. Instead, it makes him think of some-
where else, where he played two Tests in 1997
and where he gained experience that will come
in handy for South Africa s bowlers on this
"The pitches here remind me a lot of the
wickets when we played in Pakistan," he said.
And there, he recalls, things were not easy for
"As a quick bowler. when times are tough,
you have to very imaginative and you ve got
to be gutsy, Most importantly, the ball has to
For that reason, Donald, South Africa s
bowling coach, believes South Africa will rely
on Dale Steyn even more than usual.
"There is no one better than him when there
is an end open and when he steps up and
changes gears. There is no-one better at running
through a team than he is," Donald said.
When Steyn last played for South Africa,
he endured an injury-riddled time at Cham-
pions Trophy in June but has since recovered
from five lingering issues. Like many of the
players who ve had a break, Donald said the
time off will have reinvigorated Steyn and
made him even more determined.
"He is as fresh as I have seen him. He has
dealt with his niggles. He is absolutely raring
to go," he said.
"He is very eager and hungry to make a big
impact on this series," Donald said.
With conditions set to provide a challenge
to the seamers, Donald still believes the pace
barrage, led by Steyn, can have an effect if
they stick to a few basic principles.
"The new ball will be massive," he said.
"When we played in Pakistan, Bob Woolmer
taught us that the best chance of getting wick-
ets was upfront because the ball scuffs up a
lot quicker so we had to make batsmen play
a lot more in the first 20 overs," he said.
"We have to figure out how to put a dent
in the top order."
South Africa will approach Pakistan with
aggression, not just upfront, but throughout
"Lines have got to be straighter, we ve got
to hit the pitch really hard, bowl a bit fuller
than normal and be prepared to sacrifice a
few runs," he said.
"Patience and discipline will be key."
Donald expects South Africa s bowlers to
do all of that in temperatures that will soar
close to 40 degrees while they are in the field,
and he realises it is a big ask.
"The extreme heat is going to be testing for
us in our fitness and endurance," he admitted.
"But there are no excuses. We know what
standards we set for ourselves as No1 team and
if we have a bad session, there will be no blaming
the conditions and the pitches." (ESPNcricinfo)
Donald: Pitches and heat
a test for SA seamers
Pakistan's Asad Shafiq walks back after edging to keeper off Dale Steyn of South Africa in a
Test match in Johannesburg, earlier this year. South African bowling coach Allan Donald thinks
there is no-one better at running through a team than Steyn. PHOTO COURTESY ESPNCRICINFO
Tamim hopes to end century drought
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