Tamim Iqbal explains the reason behind anthem blip in first T20I

Tamim Iqbal has come out with an explanation.

Tamim Iqbal
Tamim Iqbal. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Team Bangladesh suffered an embarrassing defeat against Afghanistan in the recently played T20I. They failed to beat Afghanistan despite having veteran players like Tamim Iqbal, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mushfiqur Rahim in their side. The stage was all set for the first ever international match at the venue in Dehradun, India. Team Afghanistan ‘hosted’ the Bangladeshi side in the first of the three-match T20I series.

Coming in to the game, the buzz was high about the series being a very competitive one. However, given the experience that Bangladesh have at the highest level, many picked them as the favorites. As the things turned out in the game, Bangladesh were outplayed in all the three departments of the game. Chasing a target of 167, they messed up big time to bundle out for a paltry 122.

While the match did not go their way, there was another point in the game that brought quite some disturbance to their side. Prior to the commencement of the match, the players of the two sides lined up for the national anthems. The Afghanistani players were seen singing their national anthem with pride and full rigor.

On the other hand, when the Bangladeshi national anthem was played, the players looked totally confused. Many mocked the players on the social media citing that they did not know their anthems. Now, after the game is done and dusted, Tamim Iqbal has come out with an explanation. Tamim took to micro blogging site Twitter to remark that their anthem was not audible at all in the stadium.

Here is what Tamim Iqbal wrote:

“Some fans watching Sunday’s first T20 international on TV may have misunderstood the confusion in the faces of some Bangladesh team members during the playing of the national anthems. The fact is that while the Afghanistan anthem was audible the Bangladesh anthem could not be heard from the ground for whatever reason as the players waited for it to be played. Interestingly, the TV viewers could hear the anthems although the Bangladesh anthem was not heard by us players,” Tamim Iqbal wrote in his tweet.

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