One of Bangladesh’s finest T20 openers, Tamim Iqbal, withdrawn from the T20 World Cup a few days before the tournament. Tamim wrote on Facebook that he hadn’t played for 15-20 T20 games and if he now takes the spot originally meant for someone else who has been supporting the team in Tamim’s absence. Tamim Iqbal scored the most runs in the last ICC T20 World Cup.
The southpaw does not intend to retire from cricket despite withdrawing from the World T20.
He was unable to play in the T20 series against Zimbabwe and Australia, as well as being dropped from Bangladesh’s upcoming tour to New Zealand.
He was heard quoting, “I just called board president Papon Bhai (Nazmul Hasan) and chief selector Nanno Bhai (Minhajul Abedin) a few minutes back and said that I don’t think I should be playing in the World Cup and I am not available for it. I have taken that decision and I will stick to it. I am not retiring. It is just that I am not available for this World Cup”.
He concluded by saying, “I think game-plan in one of the biggest reasons, because I am not playing this format for a long time and second… (knee) injury, but I don’t think that is a big problem because I feel I will be okay before the World Cup.”
From his own ashes, Tamim rose from an essay against Zimbabwe in which he smashed the century that had supposedly made him a national hero. Since then, his career has been plagued by injuries, and he did not want to risk his position on the national team.