The news of Tamim Iqbal’s departure from the 20-over format of cricket came in the atmosphere of excitement to whitewash the West Indies in the ODI series. He announced his retirement from international T20.
Bangladesh won the ODI series by 3-0 after defeating West Indies by 4 wickets in Guyana on Saturday (July 16). Along with the team’s success,
Tamim won the Man of the Series award.
Shortly after the end of the game, he announced his retirement from T20 on social media.
On his verified Facebook page, Tamim Iqbal wrote – Consider me retired from T20 Internationals from today. Thank you all.
However, Tamim’s announcement did not come as a big surprise. Rather, it seemed certain in the past few days. After March 2020, Tamim was not again in this edition.
He was not available for some time due to injury. Though fit later, he withdrew from the last T20 World Cup due to his lack of match practice and to give opportunities to youngsters.
After the team’s failure in the World Cup, there were several talks of bringing him back into the team. BCB President Nazmul Hasan also spoke to him several times. But he did not return.
On the other hand, during the BPL on January 27, he said that he is taking a 6-month break from international T20.
Ten days before the end of those 6 months, the 33-year-old batsman called it a permanent retirement.
- Although this decision of Tamim Iqbal seems immediate, it is not so. Before announcing his retirement from T20 on Facebook,
- Tamim spoke to board president Nazmul Hasan Papon and several officials and informed them of his intention.
- Jalal Yunus, one of the senior directors of the board, chairman of the cricket operations committee,
- told the media on Sunday morning that Tamim has already spoken to the board president (Nazmul Hasan Papon) and us. He said his intention there.
- Tamim ended his career by scoring 1,758 runs in 78 T20Is at an average of 24.08 and a strike rate of 116.96. However, his matches for the country are 74.
He played four matches for the World XI. He was once the highest scorer of Bangladesh in T20. He is still third in the list of run scorers.
He is also the only centurion of Bangladesh in international T20. He played an unbeaten innings of 103 runs against Oman in 2016 World Cup.
In that World Cup, not only Bangladesh, he had the highest runs in all the teams.🔱