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IPL desk in Mumbai 29 March 2012 - 05:15pm IST

Tamim replaces Hopes at PWI

Dashing Bangladesh opener gets contract after impressing in Asia Cup

Pune Warriors India have signed up Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal as a replacement for the injured James Hopes. Tamim is the Pune franchise’s second international signing this week after Australian captain Michael Clarke. Pune Warriors have now filled in all their international spots, acquiring 11 overseas players.

The flamboyant Bangladesh opening batsman is in prolific form, having scored four half-centuries in the recently concluded Asia Cup. As a result, he played major role in the hosts making it to the finals of that tournament.

Tamim’s Twenty20 form, however, is modest as is reflected in his numbers in the Bangladesh Premier League. He played two matches for the Chittagong Kings, scoring eight runs.

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