15 Oct 2010

Tamim named Wisden cricketer of the year

6:32 am on 15 October 2010

The Bangladesh opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has been named Test Player of the Year by the Wisden Cricketer magazine.

On the day his team-mates recorded Bangladesh's first series win against top-flight opposition - by beating New Zealand, Tamim beat Graeme Swann and Virender Sehwag, who came second and third.

During the qualifying period Tamim made 837 runs at 59.78 in seven Tests, despite his team failing to win a single Test during the year.

He made 151 against India at Dhaka back in January but the highlight of the year was a pair of hundreds at Lord's and Old Trafford against a potent England attack in May and June.

The award is calculated by the marks out of 10 that the Wisden reporters give each player at every Test and is the second successive time a Bangladesh player has won the award after Shakib Al Hasan won last year.

Tamim is currently recovering from surgery on his wrist that had ruled him out of the New Zealand series.