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Tamim Iqbal signs for Pune Warriors

March 29, 2012 18:31 IST

Bangladesh opener Tamim Iqbal has signed for Pune Warriors, becoming the franchise's eleventh overseas player and second signing this week after Australia captain Michael Clarke.

With Tamim's signing, the Warriors filled all their overseas slots for the coming Indian Premier League season.

- Tamim Iqbal is Asia Cup hero

The left-hander is the second signing from Bangladesh, after Shakib Al Hasan, in this fifth edition of the cash-rich Twenty20 tournament.

"I can gain a lot of experience by playing with greats like Sourav Ganguly and Michael Clarke. I like to talk a lot about cricket so I think I am lucky to be playing with them and look forward to learn new things," Tamim said.

"It'll 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," he told ESPNCricinfo.

Tamim scored four half centuries in the Asia Cup recently, helping Bangladesh reach the final, where it lost by two runs to Pakistan.

"With the T20 World Cup coming up this year, it will be a big opportunity for me to perform in the format," Tamim said.