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'You can't compete with Cadbury'

Posted in England v Bangladesh

A phone call, a chocolate factory, Geoff Boycott and a thumbs-up - Tamim Iqbal's press conference on Sunday night was almost as entertaining as his sensational hundred a few hours earlier.

Strolling into the MCC Film Theatre, chewing gum and with a mobile phone glued to his ear, Tamim looked as if he was walking around his living room. Except there were 20 journalists there and a handful of film crews. Not that he was bothered.

The BBC journalist was politely told to call back in 10 minutes, although you got the feeling Tamim could have spoken to the assembled media for 10 hours.

That afternoon the 21-year-old bashed England's bowlers around Lord's in one of the most brilliant hundreds seen here in recent years.

Bangladesh were following on but Tamim did not mind and marked his ton by sprinting towards the pavilion, banging the team badge on his chest, outlining the famous honours board with his hands as if he was signalling a TV replay, before pointing, football style, to the imaginary name on his back. Peter Crouch eat your heart out.

Tamim joked that after a half-century in the first innings, there should be a 'fifty board' in the famous pavilion. He need not have worried and will be the first Bangladesh batsman to have his name scrawled on the board.

"I'm not leaving Lord's without a hundred," he said before being asked about his celebration. "Put my name on the board."

Tamim added that his innings was a personal reply to comments from Boycott that Bangladesh were not worth Test status.

Clearly riled by the expert blocker, Tamim admitted that he was awake until 1am the previous night as Boycott's comments whirled around in his head.

"I wanted to prove to the world that we are getting there."

Tamim Iqbal

A delighted Tamim Iqbal leaps into the Lord's sky after reaching his hundred on day four of the 1st npower Test

Insisting that his side were improving - few would argue after their resilient display at Lord's which made a mockery of predictions the game might not last three days - Tamim then turned confectionary philospher.

"If you start a company, a chocolate company, you can't compete with Cadbury in the first 10 years," he said. "It will take time. I can't compete with Sachin Tendulkar after getting one century. I need to work very hard."

The opener reiterated a desire to play county cricket, to which one writer asked why a move had not been sorted yet. "Maybe they don't know my number? Even I don't know my number actually."

Cue more chuckles and a quick thumbs-up with both hands as the one-man show came to an end.

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