New Delhi: Pune Warriors India have signed up the Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal, thereby filling all their overseas slots for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Tamim's selection in the Pune franchise comes in the wake of a successful Asia Cup where he scored four consecutive fifties as Bangladesh reached the final for the first time.
Tamim will become the second Bangladesh player to play in the IPL, after allrounder Shakib Al Hasan who plays for Kolkata Knight Riders. Earlier on Wednesday, Pune signed Australia's Test and ODI skipper Michael Clarke as a replacement for Yuvraj Singh.
"I can gain a lot of experience by playing with greats like Sourav Ganguly and Clarke. I like to talk a lot about cricket so I think I am lucky to be playing with them and look forward to learning new things," Tamim was quoted as saying by a cricket website.
"It will be an extra boost, so it is very important that I do well. More importantly, just like Shakib opened the door for me, I would want that with my inclusion in the IPL, it will let other players from my country to play in this competition. With the Twenty20 World Cup coming up later this year, it will be a big opportunity for me to perform in this format," he added.
Prior to the Asia Cup, the left-hand batsman struggled for runs in the Bangladesh Premier League. He played two matches for the Chittagong Kings, scoring only eight runs.