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Tamim Iqbal enjoying stay in ‘fantastic country’ Pakistan

Bangladesh opener is representing Lahore Qalandars in PSL season five

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Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, who is representing Lahore Qalandars in the ongoing fifth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL), is enjoying his stay in Pakistan despite the circumstances being different this time.

While talking to Cricket Pakistan in an exclusive interview, Iqbal said that Pakistan is a fantastic country and very similar to Bangladesh. 

“I have always enjoyed coming to Pakistan but this time it’s a bit different. Due to the [bio-secure] bubble we have to stay in the hotel and only allowed to go to a dedicated area. It’s not fun but you have to follow the rules,” said Iqbal. “Pakistan is a fantastic country and very similar to ours with a lot of cricket fans who are very passionate about the game.”

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He also praised the Qalandars and their performance during the ongoing season of PSL.

“Lahore are a very professional team and particularly in this PSL they have done really well. I hope we can go all the way,” he said. “We have a very good team and especially the bowling department. Hopefully, the batsmen will contribute in the same manner.” 

The left-hander also opened up on playing cricket behind closed doors during Covid-19 pandemic.

“It’s different to play without the crowd in the stadium because there is no one to cheer when a boundary is hit or a wicket is taken. But life goes on and we will have to carry like this for the safety of people. But having said that, atleast people are now getting to watch cricket on television,” he said.

The final of PSL 5 will be played at the National Stadium in Karachi between Karachi Kings and Lahore Qalandars on Tuesday.