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Tamim Iqbal supports the One-Day International format

At a time when the cricket calendar is crowded with T20 competitions and there is increasing worry about the feasibility and relevance of ODIs, none other than Tamim Iqbal has endorsed the format.

The Bangladesh ODI skipper referred to the format as “extremely vital,” echoing the attitude expressed lately by the ICC over the future of 50-over cricket.

Bangladesh is presently second in the ICC Men’s World Cup Super League rankings, with 120 points from 18 matches, and is on the verge of clinching direct qualifying for the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.

The next ODI series between Bangladesh and Zimbabwe, however, is not part of the ICC Super League.

Tamim has advised his players not to take Zimbabwe lightly and to “rectify their faults” ahead of the three-match series, which follows their T20I series loss to the same side.

Tamim is on a roll as a leader, having won five series in a row before arriving in Zimbabwe. Tamim’s winning run as skipper started last year when Bangladesh overcame Sri Lanka at home. In the previous year, he has led his side to victories in Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the West Indies, as well as a triumph over Afghanistan at home.