Tamim Iqbal in 6-month break from T20I...

Tamim Iqbal in 6-month break from T20I

 Sports Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 08:07 PM, 27 January 2022   Updated: 08:07 PM, 27 January 2022

Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal

Tamim Iqbal will not be seen playing T20 in the next 6 months in the jersey of the Bangladesh national cricket team. However, he will continue to play the Test and ODI formats.

The country’s best opener said this at a press conference on behalf of his franchise Minister Group Dhaka in the Bangabandhu Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) on Thursday afternoon.

However, Tamim said that he would “consider returning” after the next 6 months if the team or himself thinks he needs to return to a big event. However, the 32-year-old batter wants to take a “break” from limited-overs cricket and focus on Tests and ODIs.

For the last few days, discussions have been going on in the country’s cricket arena about Tamim’s retirement from T20. Last Saturday, BCB president Nazmul Hasan Papon said “Tamim did not want to play in the T20I”. After that, there was a commotion in the cricket arena.

Then on Tuesday, Jalal Yunus, head of the cricket management department of the BCB, said, “Tamim has a plan of his own and he wants to proceed in that way.” 

About the plan, Tamim told reporters on Thursday, “As you know, there has been a lot of talk about my future in T20. There have been various meetings by BCB president and Jalal Yunus with me in the last few days.”  

“They want me to continue T20, especially, until the World Cup. However, I am not considering T20 cricket for the next 6 months,” he said. “In these 6 months, my focus will be on Tests and ODIs.”

Tamim did not play the last T20I World Cup due to a lack of preparation and giving opportunities to youngsters. This time too he wants to give a chance to the youths in the team. He thinks that after 6 months, Bangladesh will be in a position in T20 where “he will not be needed” anymore.

“I will consider returning to the team after six months if I feel the need. If I see those who are playing well, then maybe I will not return to this format,” Tamim said.

Asked whether the decision was based on self-respect, Tamim said, “I have made the best decision for Bangladesh cricket. There is a lot of talk in the media, respect-self respect.

He added, “I always say one thing, I can represent Bangladesh in any format. There is nothing bigger than me or any cricketer. There is no arrogance here, the decision I have made is only for cricket.”

Tamim last played T20 for Bangladesh against Zimbabwe in March 2020. He has scored 1759 runs in 78 T20s with a strike rate of 116.98, 7 fifties and one century.